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Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,299 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 58
Gots: 108 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of seedyone
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At Rattle n Hum, NYC. From bottle dated 10/30/09. Thin, wispy head & lacing. High aromatics on the nose, all the warmth one would expect from a winter warmer. Despite 5 years in the bottle this is a well made beer that stands the test of time. The 7.6% doesn't show..at least not at this point.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 edition, 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, dark mahogany color with half of a finger of off-white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of malt and notes of freshly baked bread, mixing with some strong notes of dried stone fruit, such as prunes, figs, raisins and cherries. I also get some good spice notes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar.

Taste: Slightly sour up front, like sour cherries (I’m not sure if this is intentional, or if it is a by-product of a year’s aging in the bottle), followed by some good malt and spice notes, such as clove, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, and some brown sugar-like sweetness. Reminds me a little of gingerbread topped with a sour cherry frosting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy with some pretty good carbonation. With an ABV of 7.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another very good, very tasty beer from Goose Island! There’s a lot going on it its flavor from the slightly sour cherry notes to the gingerbread spices. I liked this very much!

Photo of AMCPhD
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dhmxray
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Richie71
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Goose Island tulip glass. Bottled on 10/13/07.
Ap: Pours about half a finger of bone colored head with some still bubbles. Body is a murky brown/chestnut color.
Ar: Vinous nose of tart cherries, cardboard, brown sugar, raisins and fruit cake.
T: Oxidized malts, brown sugar, chocolate, and some holiday spices.
Mf: Very thin and slick.
Overall: Needless to say this is over the hill but it does taste better than expected for being 7 years old. There’s still a nice bite of holiday spice and some nutty maltiness but the thinned out body and stale carbonation really take it down a notch.

Photo of CorgiDad
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grodd87
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jamco_76
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tim007007
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dspinler
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of IPAIsaac
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of kwm5067
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of FreshHawk
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Very murky mahogany color. Minimal, thin, whispy, off-white color. Little retention with only a slight ring around the edge. Minimal carbonation.

S - Sweet dark bready aroma. Molasses and brown sugar are very present but don't provide a cloying aroma. Big raisin and some fig aroma. Sweet, bread pudding like aroma. Nose is very appropriate for the season.

T - Similar to the nose but not as bready or sugar-like. Raisin flavor is quite prominent. Some brown sugar is present. Toffee and caramel is also present. Less bread pudding and more hybrid between a Dubbel and an American Brown. Very strong on the dark fruit.

M - Low carbonation. Light, soft, and pillowy feel. A touch thin.

D - Sweet but not cloying. Drinks well for the season and provides a nice mix of winter flavors. Alcohol is well hidden. A little too one-noted with the raisin/dark fruit.

Notes: Bottled 10/12/11. Aged for three years. Decent holiday beer that doesn't rely on spices to seem festive. I enjoyed the beer, but it's a little too one-noted. The body is slightly on the thin side. It didn't wow me, but it was enjoyable for what it was.

Photo of briiguy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of HardyA
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of ManBearPat
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of KSHunt
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle is 2009, aged 5 years. Deep caramel brown color with an apricot nose. Solid taste with a bread like aftertaste. Great beer to start the winter!

Photo of shredder83
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jkoch7
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Metaltildeath
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of drwatson32
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of gibgink
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

I recommend this beer, if you like a sweeter beer. No real hoppy bitterness to speak of, with a nice warming aftertaste. Spot on Christmas ale! Will pickup more.

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Christmas Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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