Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,290 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 59
Gots: 109 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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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!

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.76/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Christmas Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,290 ratings.