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Christmas Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,299 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 58
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Moose90
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled: 09/18/12

Poured into tulip pint glass.

A: Nice dark amber, little to no head, but does have solid lacing. This is a good looking beer.

S: Nice and malty, some christmas spice for sure, and a little brown sugar.

T: Carmel and malt. Slightly sweet, but has a good nuttiness to it. No hint of alcohol, surprisingly easy drinking.

M: Medium-Light body, just the right amount of carbonation.

O: Not as dark as some other winter styles, this is a nice switch up from the standard big winter warmer. Pretty much a solid amber ale with some christmas style spices. Would purchase again.

Photo of Chokobo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a deep ruby-cinnamon color. A foamy off white head slowly recedes while leaving light lacing on the glass.

The beer smells very distinct. Candied yams, cinnamon gummies, cherry candy, warm sweet malts. Very, very festive.

The taste is much like the aroma, but it has more of a cinnamon body. It's spicy and warm, and gives off a very Christmas-like notion. A lot of sweetness in here that's not overly so. Cinnamon, cherry, bread, biscuits, and very comforting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe sticky.

Overall, this is the most unique Christmas Ale I've had in 2012. It really does taste like a Christmas dessert. The bottle says it's 7.2% ABV which is in conflict with this page, perhaps they change the ABV each year. But even at 7.2%, it goes down very easy. I'm honestly surprised I like this as much as I do. I might have to buy more.

Photo of tripledbrew
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly cloudy crimson-highlighted brown color. Head has a great toasted-orange tint. It dies off and leaves mild lacing. Light glow.

S-Interesting. Dark fruits; definitely dried cherries. Light sprinkles of Holiday spices. Pretty much all malt. Not detecting much hop. Fruity and spicy and sweet. This beer at its base is a Brown Ale and you can tell. Enticing aroma.

T-Spice is all riled up here. The Brown Ale aspects shine too. That airy cherry note found in the nose is still there and it is quite delectable. A tasty secondary flavor of soon-to-be-flat cola. A little sting of medicine. Caramel and toffee and brown sugar. Bits of crushed nuts. Its also as if someone sprinkled some nutmeg atop the beer's head or maybe on the rim.

M-Medium bodied. Alcohol pops up a bit. Mild dryness and a very soft bitterness. Carbonation is well set.

O/D-It has a bunch of what you'll find in most Winter/Christmas Ales, but it also has just as many aspects that are unique. It is definitely my kind of Holiday brew. I love how it sticks to its Brown Ale skeleton. I like this a lot. I could definitely see myself battling over whether to buy this or Sierra Nevada Celebration the next time I am in the Holiday spirit.

Photo of RandyKemka
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Toobluetobrew
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ksimons
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled on 09/18/12 - 2012 7.3% ABV version. Pours dark reddish brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet nutty malts, brown sugar and dark fruits and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary nutty malts, dark fruit and some fruitcake with a medium bitter alcohol bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nicely balanced Christmas beer. A tad much on the sweet and nutty side for me.

Photo of Granahan57
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of comfortablynirm
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Beeradelphia
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a murky brown color with red highlights showing through. Upon pouring there is a thick two finger cream colored head that has fantastic retention. The head very slowly fades over time, with it leaving some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and spicy. It has a large fruity smell consisting of darker fruit aromas of cherry, fig and prune with a good strong dose of apple cider and a caramel aroma. Mixed with the fruit smells are spices consisting mainly of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. These aromas, when mixed with the fruit and a light alcohol smell, give a mulled cider aroma that is quite pleasant.

Taste – The taste begins bready with some lighter notes of fruit sweetness, roasted malt, and caramel. The fruit is largely of an apple flavor up front but is soon joined by some dark fruit flavors as the taste advances and overall sweetens the brew a bit. While the taste is sweetened a bit, it never really gets too sweet. Along with the growth of the fruit flavors also comes the presence of spices of nutmeg and allspice. At the end an alcohol flavor mixed with a clove spice come big to the taste and combined with the fruit, roasted bready and other spice flavors to leave a rather odd roasted, fruity, almost bitter spiced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is chewy and thick with a carbonation level that is rather on the lower side. The chewy thickness of the brew mixed with the lower carbonation fill the mouth with the bready, spice, and fruity flavors allowing all these tastes to be fully sensed by the tongue. When mixed with the warming alcohol taste, the thick body was great for the brew.

Overall – It was a pretty decent brew. Other than a rather odd spicy aftertaste that the brew leaves on the tongue, all other aspects of the beer are very nice. It is worth a try.

Photo of XavierMuskies
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Christmas Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.