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RATINGS: 891   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Specialty Belgian malts create a deep garnet color and a truly rich old European flavor in our classic Christmas Ale. And the generous amount of crystal hops adds that extra spicy aroma to your pint, perfect for a wintry night. Our Christmas Ale brings good tidings and joy to each Holiday Season. A two-time Gold Medal Winner in the World Beer Championships.

The original Goose Island Christmas Ale clocked in at 5.7% ABV. There was no 2010 vintage. The 2011 vintage saw a bump to 6.2% ABV but no new entry. The 2012 vintage was bumped up further to 7.5% ABV.

Gusler's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2000
One thing nice about being from the midwest, and now living in the Southwest is when family and friends come here for the Winter, they bring me goodies. Decent malt nose and a fine hop spicyness that is quite pleasing. Look forward to next years batch already.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (435) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2015
2009 Christmas Ale. The aroma is malt, caramel, bread. Pours a clear golden brown with light brown head mostly diminishing and excellent lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation average and the finish long. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mateuszk (1121) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle, 2012 version. Aroma of sweet malt and spices - cinnamon and nutmeg, some clove also present. Fruity- cherry, fig and plums notes with caramel in the back. In taste malty, toasted and caramel malt mainly, later shows up dried fruits and spices in the finish. Medium body, thick texture though. Soft carbonation, low bitterness in the finish. Very nice malt and spices oriented brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (2107) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
Pours dark amber with a low off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, figs, dates and raisins. Taste is caramel, toffee, figs, roasted oak barrel notes, dates. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (11946) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2014
Bottled, 355ml from Beers of Europe, Norfolk at 6.2% ABV. Brown with off white head. Sweet, malty beer with an underlying nuttiness along with sweet caramel and toffee. Sticky and quite cloying in nature, some fruitiness. Not a favourite but ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
awest (15) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2014
355ml bottle, 2012 edition, sourced from Utobeer, London. Served in trappist glass. Pours a coffee bean colour with little to no head. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, and a little alcohol. Taste of toffee, caramel, with lingering fruit cake. Very earthy beer. Decent christmas ale, but a little thin, needs to be a bit more meaty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2014
2009 bomber, why? Pretty empty flavor, sweet with a hint of spice. Almost flat. ;

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (5460) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2014
How: Bottle, 2011 vintage.
Where: Monk’s American Bar, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, fruit, citrus, hops.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, caramel, fruit, spices, hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (7861) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
a little hoppy for an old ale, in a good way. a little unfocused in the aroma and flavor department. muddled. maybe cuz it was 14 months old, but some had a hard time telling the style. overall, a bit nutty, bitter. a decent old ale, but a little under expectations for GI."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1859) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2014
35 cl bottle @ home (2011 vintage). Pours hazy dark amber with quite a bit of sediment and an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are nuts, malt, caramel, roast, and spices - with a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (2089) - - AUG 15, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-26-12- 2012 Vintage poured from a bottle into a pint glass Appearance – Pours a murky brown color with red highlights showing through. Upon pouring there is a thick two finger cream colored head that has fantastic retention. The head very slowly fades over time, with it leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is sweet and spicy. It has a large fruity smell consisting of darker fruit aromas of cherry, fig and prune with a good strong dose of apple cider and a caramel aroma. Mixed with the fruit smells are spices consisting mainly of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. These aromas, when mixed with the fruit and a light alcohol smell, give a mulled cider aroma that is quite pleasant. Taste – The taste begins bready with some lighter notes of fruit sweetness, roasted malt, and caramel. The fruit is largely of an apple flavor up front but is soon joined by some dark fruit flavors as the taste advances and overall sweetens the brew a bit. While the taste is sweetened a bit, it never really gets too sweet. Along with the growth of the fruit flavors also comes the presence of spices of nutmeg and allspice. At the end, an alcohol flavor mixed with a clove spice, come big to the taste and combined with the fruit, roasted bready and other spice flavors to leave a rather odd roasted, fruity, almost bitter spiced flavor on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is chewy and thick with a carbonation level that is rather on the lower side. The chewy thickness of the brew mixed with the lower carbonation fill the mouth with the bready, spice, and fruity flavors allowing all these tastes to be fully sensed by the tongue. When mixed with the warming alcohol taste, the thick body was great for the brew. Overall – It was a pretty decent brew. Other than a rather odd spicy aftertaste that the brew leaves on the tongue, all other aspects of the beer are very nice. It is worth a try.

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