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Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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very good

1,261 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,261
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 42
Gots: 106 | FT: 2
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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1/5  rDev -73.6%

Pip428, Dec 23, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.6%

mike77, Dec 02, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.6%

fbloise77, Dec 22, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.6%

Guistwite04, Dec 31, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

jkane101, Nov 10, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

RyBern, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of wac9
1.85/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

what can i say about this beer i dont like it its leave a nasty after taste in my mouth doesnt given look good in a glass yes everybody loves it but i dont ,i dont go with the flow looks light a light brown ale not dark and it goes down bitter and it doesnt do anything for me

wac9, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of uziangis
2/5  rDev -47.2%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

smartassboiler, Apr 09, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

Josbor11, Feb 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -47.2%

bsopko, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of mcss
2/5  rDev -47.2%

mcss, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Travcofarms
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

Travcofarms, Dec 10, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -40.6%

TheBigBoy, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of yelterdow
2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served in an oversize brandy snifter at cellar temperature. Bottled on 11/10/05... this is a young'n. Thanks to Ego for the bottle.

Appearance- Pours a very deep raisiny cognac with a light beige head that grows a half-inch and settles quickly to a moderately foamy rim. Patches of island-like lacing left behind.

Smell- An initial sour aroma that opens up gradually to a malty, yet tannic and aggressive aroma. As the beer opens up, subtle notes of vanilla and allspice come through.

Taste- Diacetyl... it's got that oversteeped tea and metal taste to it... any spice buried beneath this beer is certainly not coming through at all.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Really good mouthfeel, but the taste kills the drinkability points. I won't be revisiting this again.

yelterdow, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.42/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I did not dig this beer at all. Poured out to a ruby red / brown color with a 1/2 inch head of foam. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas were light, but hints of roasted malts were present. That's about all I got out of it. Taste was not up to par with what i've previously had from Goose Island; tasted like sweet teas were mixed with alcohol and some grain and malt notes. Mouthfeel was watery and uninspiring. I don't think i'll go for this again.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Neither hound seemed interested. Same feeling as their master.

Frozensoul327, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the beers in a Christmas mix-six that my buddy Mike gave me at a recent tasting. Less of a gift than it was a "get this out of my cellar, please" gesture, per his own words. A bottle of the 2011 version, poured into a tulip.

The beer is a deep and rich brown in color; there is a nice little fluffy and sticky-looking head that forms on top. As I begin to drink, there are some delicate laced patterns that develop, but they stop forming about 1/4 of the way down the glass.

The aroma and flavor are shockingly disappointing. The aroma is less-so, as it brings out some caramel and toffee notes along with a touch of brown sugar sweetness. The flavor just isn't up to par. An odd vegetal flavor completely overtakes the sweet malty base of the beer, making it really difficult to drink.

While the consistency and carbonation are ok, the fact that my tongue recoils when I take a sip is the leading component of the "feel" of GI Christmas Ale. Just not a good beer overall. There are plenty of other seasonal offerings that blow this out of the water, so I won't lose sleep never giving this a second look again.

NittanyBeerFan, Dec 31, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

joshschmitz, Aug 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34%

axman, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of mactrail
2.61/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

2012 edition. From the 12 oz bottle out of the cooler at Whole Foods in DC. Tastes more like an Old Ale, I can't conceive of this as a Brown. A little hazy, and I'd call it cherry-amber in color. Very thin but fine-grained foam.

This is just a peculiar taste. Buttery and roasted grainy flavor. Maybe the musty smell is the tip-off that not all is well. Distinct cola flavor with some earthy hops. The carbonation is quite nice, however. Sweet and slightly bitter. Well, this is sort of drinkable, it doesn't seem to be spoiled, but the rest of the bottle is going down the sink.

mactrail, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of garuda
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazed, brilliant mahogany with an off white head that has cent retention and lacing down the glass.

S/T - Underwhelming. One dimensional on the sweetness, with bready, dark fruits and brown sugar, and only the slightest hint of hops and bitterness. Unbalanced, with loads of lingering sweetness on the palate.

M - Medium body, nice medium carbonation, but finishes with a bunch of residual sugar left behind.

O - My 1st Goose beer was pretty much a let down. If you like your brown ales on the sweet side, I would suggest it, but I really like them more roasty.

garuda, Dec 13, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy amber-red, with a thin off-white head.

S - Eh...not much. What is there is kind of a general bread pudding sort of smell.

T - Kinda falls flat. There is some flavor there, but it's very subtle. General brown sugar, and slight date flavor.

M - Medium full.

O - Meh. Kind of a disapointment. Maybe the brewer was shooting to high, but it didn't get there.

enfield249, Nov 26, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

mctizzz, Jan 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Eaglefan344, Nov 02, 2012
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Christmas Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,261 ratings.