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RATINGS: 893   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13803) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2009
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Powerfull heavy hoppy aroma. Herbal and spicey notes. Heavy bitter flavor. Long nice bitter and slightly caramellic finish. Creamy palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (13660) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle at Petrol Stations bottle share. Pours a cloudy brown with a small beige head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is spice with cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet malt with caramel and nice spicy finish. A good brown ale from Goose Island.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (13525) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
Reddish brown ale with no head. Aroma of raisin, wet dog and musk. Raisins and prunes taste overshadowed by evil carboard, some nice hops in mid tastting, a sweetness lingering in mouth. Medium bodied, but falls flat at end.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (13336) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2009
Amber with a small white head. Sweet caramel malty and toffee aroma. Sweet and cloying toffee flavour

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a hazy reddish-copper color with a large foamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toffee malts, spicy and citrus notes. The is very citrusy, anise and other spices, candied citrus, sweet toffee malts and a slight lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. Decent, but a little sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
(Bottle) Pours an amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of molasses, coffee, and roasted malt. Bitter finish. Flavor of roasted coffee, spices, and a hint of smoke.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12836) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Bottle received via trade with Duane. Pours hazy brown with spare, fizzy, off-white head, diminishing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel, nutty), light hops (perfume), light yeast (dough) with notes of banana and brown sugar. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and heavy bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (12578) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2004
This holiday beer is a reddish-brown color with a thin dark beige head that dissapeared pretty fast. Thin, stringy lacing. The aroma is pleasantly roasty and malty, with a bit of spice thrown in. The flavor is hard to categorize, as it has elements of a Belgian and an Alt. Fruit, malt, spice and caramel flavors are all there. The finish is sweet fruit with a touch of hops. Overall this is a good beer for the holidays.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (12496) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle at home, 2011 vintage. Pours copper, light toffee, pine, dried fruit, caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12371) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel.
2009 version. Pours clear amber with a small, creamy, yellowish head. Aroma has fruity hops, coriander, cloves, yeast. Highish, prickly carbonation, fine dryish mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, coriander, lots of cloves, caramel. Good dryness with a relatively long aftertaste. Some anise in the finish.


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