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RATINGS: 890   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
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2004
a little chocolate, some spice. nice and hoppy finish piney and some citrus. slightly creamy mouthfeel. an easy drinking ale. quite smooth and nice.

3.7
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Beautiful brown with thick beige head Smell is bread with sweet molases. Taste is malty spice notes. The sweetness of up front but turns to a bitter aftertaste with hint of hops. Spicey aftenotes make this a great beer

3.4
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Malty slight fruitcake aroma. Dark crimsom appearance with full tan head. Mallty coffee flavors with medium hop bitternessand some fruity peach apricot flavors toward the finish.

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QuezXLV (423) - Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2013
This is one day expired but its still delicious. There is almost and oaked flavor with is great. Nice feel on the palate. - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
vmilaxer29 (412) - Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2013
2012 12oz bottle poured into a goblet. Hazy deep brown ruby-ish color with "floaties" and small tan head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, nuts and sweet malt. Taste is roasty caramel malt, dark fruit, spices and some hop bitterness. Medium body and creamy mouthfeel. Nice.

2.3
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2004
Seemed along the lines of a brown ale. Wasn't much to look at, brownish color with a small bubbly head. Too watery without much body. Nothing exciting.

2.5
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2008 It’s a deep amber pour, it’s clearly filtered. We had no idea what the alcohol % was when we drank it. The bottle claims the flavor will continue to develop over 5 years. Not sure about that. Generic malty flavor, kind of reminds me of tea. Strange. Not something I’d really seek out.

3.6
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Deep brown with mahogany highlights. Small white head. Aroma of spices and a bit of malt. Sweet malty body with more spices coming through. Short hoppy finish. Very drinkable.

3.6
naivepegasus (387) - USA - NOV 5, 2007
Pours a light ruby red with 3 fingers of tan-cream head. Nutty malt and hop odor. Some spice to its flavor, but essentially its subdued malts with a slight hop finish. Its a different beer, but nothing particularly new- essentially, its a deeper, maltier version of Honkers Ale.

3.9
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2007
This beer is a wonderful blend of holiday cheer and malty goodness. I saved this one until after the holidaze and wish I would have bought more. Great smoothness.


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