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Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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very good

1,251 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,251
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 40
Gots: 107 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

JohneHoodlum, Nov 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

nmann08, Nov 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

BrittQ, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of warrenout330
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

2011 vintage, poured from a 12oz

A- pours a murky mahogany color... thick off white head... decent retention. Spider web lacing to the glass.... yeast visible in the chalice

S- sweet roasted caramel, big pronounced nuttyness. Fig/raisin hints... earthy hops still present

T- earthy hop bite, sweet roasted caramel... nutty undertones .... hint of figs lingering

M- prickly carbonation still... smooth and oh so creamy... slight chewy body... earthyness over all

O- never had this beer fresh, and I probably never will. This is by far one of the best winter seasonals I've had and its probably because of the age... I may let the other 6 age for another year... than this will really turn out how I want it...

warrenout330, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Angryzen
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Angryzen, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

First had: on tap at Miller's, Chicago, IL

Dark amber with ruby tints, clear, with a finger or so of white head that receded to a medium-sized ringlet, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, leafy hops, lesser notes of spice and dried fruits. More of the same in the taste, sweet malts, fairly nutty, some drying hop bitterness, and very light notes of spice, almost not worth mentioning. Medium body, nothing amazing going on, but a decent drinker overall.

Rifugium, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Goose Island Christmas Ale. Bottled 9/9/12.

Brown with a magenta hue. Lacy bone-colored head. Looks regal.

Malty and near-fruity. Spicy in the nose showcasing clove, coriander, and light nutmeg. Cherry and a hint of raisin are apparent.

You have got to love what this brewery does with English malts. Tea-like tannins, star anise, medium roast, alcohol, dried fruits, dark bread, and a swig of pomegranate juice. Has a dry acidity to it, not unlike the flavor of acai. The spices work well and the potency is appropriate. Tasty Xmas Ale.

Feels decent. Has slow-drinking qualities in its pudgy strength that I accept, but also goes down easy without too many obstacles in the thickness of the body. The bubbles are coarse and a little prickly.

First year enjoying this... and that's exactly what I'm doing.

thecheapies, Nov 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

cmoody91, Nov 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%

Poured 2012 ABV 7.3% bottled 8/31/12 into a 13 oz tulip. Confused as to this being called a brown ale, seems more like a Old Ale to me. Pours a deep mahogany, lots of floaties, and a nice really off white head, that leaves lots of lace. Smell is carmel, nutmeg, toffee, and bready. Taste is much stronger, very little nutmeg with loads of carmel and toffee and some dark fruit, this is going to be a staple this Holiday season. Body is on the larger side, plenty of life, not dry, and really drinkable. This beer is really special, drinks much bigger than its ABV and it is really more complex than its size would have expect.

SawDog505, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of jsurfs82
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

jsurfs82, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at his tasting.

2009 vintage. Bottled 10/9/09.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and a slightly funky aroma. Taste is much the same with a mild hop bitterness with each sip, but there is no funk that comes across in the flavor. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it seems to be show some age at this point.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 11, 2012
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

steve8robin, Nov 11, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

jkane101, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of ubenumber2
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%

2012 edition from bottle

Dark stained wood color with one finger tan head with good lacing

Very good smelling beer to me , malty and sweet

Tastes malty and I can really taste the alcohol in this beer which is good , very full bodied beer

I enjoy this and will purchase more , I am going to put 2 away for a year and try them again next fall , they say they age well for up to 5 years

ubenumber2, Nov 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

2012 Vintage, 7.3%
Poured into a tulip.

Mahogany brown with red highlights. Has 2-3 fingers of fluffy tan head with decent retention. Good clarity and has tiny little yeast particles suspended throughout. Very low carbonation.

Caramel, bread, brown sugar, candy sugar, Tootsie Roll and a lemon/pine hop character.

Caramelized candy sugars, Tootsie Roll and bready malts as well as pinches of brown sugar and molasses. Very light touches of cherry, raisin and char. Pine, grapefruit pith and lemon zest. This is a pretty well hopped Brown Ale.

Medium bodied, smooth, silky and clean.

The malts are sugary sweet and candy-like. There is some slight booze apparent which is disappointing at only 7.3%. This is a little too hoppy for the style (although I understand that this is probably what they were going for this year). Chill out with the hops, America! Not bad, but I expected more from Goose Island.

justintcoons, Nov 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

joesc230, Nov 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ChrisL24481, Nov 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

JSchock7, Nov 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

chad2774, Nov 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

thegerm87, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

goblue3509, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of blackcompg
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle from their seasonal 4pak...

Appearance - Poured nearly 3 fingers of tan mocha head with slight reddish hilights - this eventually reduces to a solid 1/4 finger cap that remains for the session, body is a slightly opaque deep red amber, leaving very nice tan lacing rings inside the glass.

Smell - Ripe dark fruits, slight fruit cake, dark cherries, slight whiff of ginger bread, and slight white and milk chocolates. Really smells good, like a kitchen at Christmas.

Taste - Wow, spiced rum fruitcake! Seriously, begins with spicy yeast flavors of slight allspice, a sweetness of dried fruits, figs, plums, a touch of molasses, and there is an earthy herbal flavor - very much like like tea, the finish is definitely more tea with a touch of allspice and molasses sweetness. Nice balance and complexity.

Mouthfeel - Nearly medium, carb is medium but smooth and slightly foaming, finishes just dry and is very drinkable.

Overall - This is my very first Christmas ale, and I am quite pleased with it. This is not overly sweet by any means, and has a nice transition with a dry and lightly bitter finish - begging the next sip. I'm intrigued by the tea flavor, but find it very familiar and enjoyable. Check this one out, I found this at my local Walmart!

blackcompg, Nov 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

TonyTalon, Nov 04, 2012
Christmas Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,251 ratings.