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Christmas Ale - Shepherd Neame Ltd

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shepherd Neame Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2003

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Photo of DaveBar
1.82/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Thought this one would be interesting... wasn't really.

A- Pretty good! Nice dark amber colour. Ok head

S- Not much there at all. Was hoping for a lot more

T- Not so good. Cross between a scotch ale and a chocolate malt. Horrible aftertaste. Thin, thin, thin. No aging at all it seems. Alcohol is right forward but the whole beer is unbalanced. Just a hodge podge of characters strewn together and branded a Christmas Ale

M- Silky smooth

O- Not so good. Would not buy again.

Wow this thing just gets worse as time goes by. Pouring it down the drain it's that bad.

Thx for reading

Photo of GarthT
2/5  rDev -39.6%

Photo of stjarnflikka
2.22/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, red beer with a thick white foam that directly brings your mind to CHRISTMAS :D

The first dissapointment though comes quite quick with the first sniff. There is some malt, a citric fruity trace and a dry alcoholic smell. Weak smell however.

The second dissapointment comes when tasting the beer. Once again there is malt and some bitterness that quickly dissappears. The beer has some undefinable flavour that doesnt belong there that together with the generally weak taste really makes this a winter warmer.

Really not a winter warmer, and even so not a good beer. Ill try it again though, to see if its better next year.

Photo of mintjellie
2.35/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Medium amber colour, brilliant clarity. Small, poorly retained off-white head. Almost no lace. Weak aroma, primarily floral with lighter notes of toasted cereal and diacetyl. Malt-forward flavour up-front with a nutty toasted malt note, followed by light butterscotch and an earthy/spicy hop note. Light-bodied with low carbonation and a thin, greasy mouthfeel. It doesn't taste bad, just overly plain and boring. Lacking in depth and complexity of flavour. Unpleasant mouthfeel. A disappointment.

Photo of kmacphail
2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I am always keen to try limited availability beers and Christmas beers are no exception. The nice octagonal packaging certainly stood out on the crowded supermarket shelf. This would have been a much better ornament than a beer.

The beer poured into a mug pint glass a dark orange-amber colour. This produced a 3mm head for all of 5 seconds and then died to leave the pint looking very poor.

The nose was a complex mixture of various fruits, spices and nuts along with a floral scent of hops. I was fully expecting these rich fragrences to continue through to the taste, but sadly I was disapointed.

Whilst it wasn't awful to take, it wasn't ver pleasant either. Surprisingly light with some of the fruits and spices coming through but these were faint in comparisson to the nose, the taste was dominated by (all too floral) hops. The beer was too carbonated and the fizz swirled round the mouth but did leave a crisp and dry finish on the palate. The spices and fruits made a cameo appearance after having swalled the beer.

I managed half the pint, not a good Christmas brew. Maybe it would be better on cask without the excess fizz.

Photo of rorjets
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Reidrover
2.76/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very attractive packaging. Nice Olde Worlde bottle in a nice red octagonal box. Amber colour, nice sized light tan, bubbly head. Pretty feeble aroma, grassy with a little watered down malt, unimpressed. Smooth ,weak malts, a little spice and some fruit..boring taste Thin mouthfeel but reasonable. I found this bland but ecause of its supreme blandness could probably drink a couple. This was very very dissapointing. This was very weak ,tasteless stuff compared to the Scottish Ales I had been drinking. Back to the drawing board on this one
2006 version

Photo of travolta
2.77/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
Gold/apricot and scotch in color with a sticky, bubbly and light khaki head. Nice retention with spotted lacing.

Nose:
Fig, malt, light caramel, candied fruits, sweet.

Taste:
Clean light carbonation, easy caramel, yeasty aftertaste, crisp on the finish, smooth on the palate.

Photo of charlatan
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 edition is 7.0% abv.

The beer is a dark amber colour with decent white head. My nose isn't working well at present but I note a nutty whiff and a hint of banana here.

A less strong flavour than I was expecting with a lack of the spice that characterises American Christmas ales. Malt, hops, slight alcohol warmth: it's as if they have set out to make as bland a 7 per cent Christmas ale as they can. Drinkable but that isn't the point....

Photo of djcreepshow
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Christmas Ale 2006. Clear 500ml bottle, 5.5%.

Best before end of September 2007, drank early November 2007, so just out of date.

Poured into my bateman's straight half pint sleeve glass, twice.

Light amber in colour, with an off white head, plenty of bubbles rising through the beer. Head shrinks too fast.

The label claims it has an aroma of tropical fruits, it did smell fairly sweet, but I thought caramel (I often do) and flowery perfume.

For a special Christmas brew it falls well short of a top winter warmer in my eyes, this is a good solid ale but it doesn't carry enough taste, power or umph to make it stand out. I detected oak within the aftertaste and I enjoyed the beer, but not enough to buy another if I see one.

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of windypete
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of srsev
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Cramshawbar
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of curewhatalesu
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A reddish brown clear body with a tidal wave of foamy white head that stops you pouring a 500ml bottle into a full pint glass that soon goes

Muted aromas of mince pies and gunpowder

Some crystallised fruit and some warmth but it feels more like boozy heartburn than Christmas spice and just then lies flat no depth, no

Just so thin for such a strength ale and too fizzy

not a good winter warmer

almost enough to convince Clarence it isn't a wonderful life

Photo of GreenCard
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: amber hue, a chincy layer of off-white suds that quickly fades to almost nothing

Aroma: pineapple, cotton candy, faint almonds, touch of malt

Flavor: mild malt sweetness, some guava-like fruitiness, mild floral hop flavor, a pleasant drying hop bitterness, slight roast in the aftertaste, dryish finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, minerally, somewhat astringent

Overall Impression: If it weren't for the festive packaging denoting Christmas, this beer would be not much different from most pale ales. Still, it has a nice nose and a "more-ish" afertaste.

Photo of Cycle69
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBrk
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours clear copper with a small foam ring for a head. Fruity, estery, malty christmas cake with an edge of lemon rind, woody hops. Too much booze present for the gravity.

Worth a try if you like the style, but drinkability takes a hit because of the medicinal alcohol flavor.

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Jah_Json
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Christmas Ale from Shepherd Neame Ltd
77 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.