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RATINGS: 880   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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3.6
Tmoney99 (15116) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2004
Moderate malty aroma with light cereal. Appearance was deep red/brown with average light brown head. Good blend of bitter and sweet finish.

3.7
HenrikSoegaard (14704) - 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.

3.5
Drake (14332) - 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.

3.7
Dogbrick (14300) - 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.

3.1
Lubiere (14240) - 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.

3.9
crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
2009 vintage, the farewell beer in the bottled version of this series. I had it a year aged and it is pretty good, nice spices with a malty brown ale base.

2.5
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Clear garnet body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is light sweet, not much else. Taste is smoke, mild fruity sweet, some spice. Minimal finish. Light body.

2.9
BeerandBlues2 (14018) - 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.

2.8
Christian (13927) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2009
Amber with a small white head. Sweet caramel malty and toffee aroma. Sweet and cloying toffee flavour

3.8
Camons (13496) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle @ Home. Vintage 2009, bottled on 100909. Pours dark amber with a dense offwhite head. Aroma of dark dried fruit, caramel, oak, hint of cinnamon and other spices. Taste is dark ddried fruit, raisins mostly, caramel and chocolate notes, bit of spices like ginger and cinnamon. Medium body, soft carbonation. Good winter warmer. 301210


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