Holgate Brewhouse Christmas Ale

Brewed by Holgate Brewhouse
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Woodend, VIC, Australia


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Get into the festive spirit, with this special strong ale - aged on french oak and infused with ginger.

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madmitch76 (25537) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2012
29th December 2009
ChrisO ’Night Of The Gaylords’ tasting. Clear amber beer. Lightly sour malt nose. Rich toffee malt. Light creamy palate. Decent beer - like a light creamy barleywine. A little bubblegum in the undertone.

highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2010
A surprisingly good Christmas ale from one of Australia’s more hit-and-miss brewers. Very reminiscent of some of the Scandinavian festive ales I’ve sampled over the years. In other words, you need a pretty strong stomach for ginger and other spices. I found the ginger a little too "grabby" here but that’s more personal preference than a style flaw. Black ale with thin ginger ale aromas and strong anise. Nice weight to the body. Raisins, sherry and cherries. Throat-catching ginger notes in the swallow. (RateBeer Sydney Xmas Gathering 2009.)

fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle 33cl. @ Chris O’s Night of the Gaylords.
Clear medium red amber color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, moderate to light heavy berry - spicy. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20091229]

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s Night of the Gaylords.
Amber with a thin off white head. Very spicy, lots of yeast and berries, some cinnamon. Orange and ginger in the finish. Basic but ok.

harrisoni (19318) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle at Chriso Gaylord tasting 09. Russet/brown, thin off white head. Spicy aroma, spice/sour. Some malt. Bit too spicy for my delicate palate and a bit sweet.

nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle (Vintage 2008). I was a little unsure about this beer before opening as I’m not a huge fan of ginger by any means. But no need for concern as this beer really works well on all fronts. It pours dark amber with a laced beige head. Rich and delicate spicy nose, no doubt the ginger is at the forefront but there’s also underlying dark fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and a faint hint of the oak character. There’s enough malt apparent to balance this one out nicely. A spicy yet warming finish and quite the beer to celebrate a Christmas gathering. Very unique ale. (RateBeer Sydney Xmas Gathering 2009)

TimE (6121) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 19, 2009
Dark amber color, spiced mandarin oranges, apple cider, ginger and cherries exude from the nose. Wonderful. Big gingery mouth, mandarin, cherries, slightly syrupy. Great depth. Lingering gingery finish. Christmas in a bottle. Excellent.

bluevegie (3938) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2009
Fortunately the ginger is not too over the top, some cinnamon, smooth, alcohol is noticeable only some of the time, drinks quite well and a good representation for a Xmas ale to my mind.

gam (4073) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2009
Not much head just on the edges but good carbonation in a red brown pour,aroma honey nutmeg dried fruit alcohol.Flavour port wine like cinnamon nutmeg ginger prune brown sugar very Christmas like tastes,a bitter taste like toffee.Very sweet malty finish with light bitter on the palate delicious stuff.

Davros (3282) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2009
Ruby/copper, tiny head that ends up as a ring of tan bubbles. Aroma is pretty complex, lots of ginger, dried fruit, some tangerine, charred oak, brandy/cognac and of course some alcohol. Taste is similar, lots of ginger and oak, some creamy vanilla, then some lightly roasted malt. Woodyness keeps coming back for more. Sweetness is present from start to long after swallowing. Creamy carbonation with some warming alcohol on the palate. Quite a potent beer. Definately one to be slowly sipped after a meal on a cold day, preferably in front of a roaring fire.

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