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Christmas Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

922 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 922
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 16
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002

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Ratings: 922 | Reviews: 385
Photo of classixIII
2.67/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Cleaning out whats left of the Christmas swaps.
There are some of really good winter warmers out there, this isn't one of them.
Completely lacking in aroma and complexity of tastes I've come to expect in the finer examples of this style.
On the bright side, just made room for some spring and summer brews!

Photo of aussiebeer
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of larryarms847
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky copper brown with a little sediment floating around and a finger of very light khaki foam.

Bready malt sweetness, dates, baking spice, and a faint hint of brown sugar.

The bready malts dominate the overall flavor, little spice or the hint of brown sugar comes out to play.

Medium-bodied, light carbonation, sweet, some herbal/piney bitterness.

Overall, a nice brew, but certainly not worth seeking out.

Photo of Wer34truh
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bwood06
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium brown with a light tan head that dissipates slowly. 3.75/5

S - Dates. White toasted bread. Very light hint of hops. 3.5/5

T - Taste follows the smell nicely. A bit of dark stone fruit followed by a toasted white bread followed up by a bit of earthy hops. Hops are not very prevalent. Dominated by the notes of dates and bread. Maybe a bit of leather as well. 3.75/5

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Not really heavy but not really light either. Not nearly as heavy as many winter time ales. 3.5/5

O - Good beer to drink in the winter time. More of a beer to drink several of rather than a single one with dinner. Not as heavy as expected. 3.5/5

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty! It is full of spices and excellent during the winter time.

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ZacCary
4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I personally love this seasonal ale. My local liquor store had a few extra bottles, lucky for me!

Photo of Matt2509
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living a mile away from Great Lakes it's hard to find a Christmas Ale better than GL's. This beer may have done just that.

Photo of pat61
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Breckenridge Christmas Ale pours brilliant garnet tinged chestnut under a thin, off-white foam cap that marks each drink with a thin line. Dried fruit on the nose accompanies dark sugar and cake aromas. Dark, rich cakey bread leads the palate with spice, figs and a suspicion of cherry sweetened with light molasses with an earthy hop presence in the background.

Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crowsnest
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Boomer4ES
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jabo134
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TimBell
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jeremy3311
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AndyBeerGuy
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Robloc303
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep amber, nice head, great aroma of malt and spices. A tad bitter on the end but a great balance of flavors. Not exactly a winter warmer, but a good beer!

Photo of JimGlonke
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of harsley
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brewsed
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brownish copper in color. Good malt backbone. Decent hop bitter finish.

A decent, but certainly not extraordinary, winter warmer.

Photo of Mongrel
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.