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Christmas Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

748 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002)
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Shilt

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

12-26-2011 03:51:15 | More by Shilt
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ardy007

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

03-18-2012 00:17:42 | More by ardy007
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vanillacokaine

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

12-21-2012 03:35:41 | More by vanillacokaine
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, ruby-chestnut body rests gently beneath a short, creamy head of light tan that drops slowly to a thin surface covering; leaving tiny spots and splashes of lace about the glass. It's quite smooth and even somewhat creamy across the palate with a medium, dextrinous body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation that's quite British in character. The nose is inviting, and quite interesting, with interwoven notes of caramel-drizzled and biscuity/bready malt, dark dried fruits (prunes and raisins), and pine. The flavor follows suit, and it's a fairly rich and somewhat complex brew with a beautiful, biscuity and toffee-ish malt component that's accented by yeasty fruitiness and a dollop of rounding buttery diacetyl. It's reminiscent of the Fuller's yeast character; and it's very English indeed! As it warms, the hops become more apparent... leafy, grassy, and slightly mineral-like; leaving it to finish with some lingering buttery toffee and drying, leafy and resinous hops. An excellent beer that delivers exactly what I'd expect of an English brewed winter warmer. Definitely worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 13:09:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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darthpeepee

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark amber from a 12oz bottle. The bottle's label was very festive. Great artwork and presentation.

S - Smell was rather sweet. Malty with dark fruit aroma. Light hint of spices used in the beer.

T - Tastes of lightly roasted malt, dark fruits, and spice. Nice wood/pine hops used in this drink. Nice balance between the malt and hops.

M - Very light and easy drinking winter warmer. Light-Medium body.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. I would like to try another one of these. Delicious beer for those cold winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 16:11:47 | More by darthpeepee
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GrillMeister

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 6 pack of this and the guys at the liquor store told me not to put the whole 6 pack int the fridge or you will drink it all.

They were right. It's a very tasty beer. It has a pleasant aroma, a great taste with a hint of cherry, i think. Very nice beer. I could drink this stuff past Christmas.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

11-24-2006 00:18:20 | More by GrillMeister
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Frosty80

Michigan

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

Color: pours light brown. sits deep copper with garnet highlights

Smell: light, crisp, fruity and malty. light melanoidins

Taste: malty sweet with light melanoidins/bready flavor. hint of alcohol middle to end. finish is clean, crisp, slightly sweet and bready with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light to light-medium. low carbonation

Notes: delicious, light, crisp, sweet beer. i was surprised to see it defined as a winter warmer. fits the traditional bock mold in my opinion

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

11-18-2009 06:21:59 | More by Frosty80
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chilidog

Ohio

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

Had this Christmas day in a mini-keg, thanks you breckenridge for that option. We have a mini-keg tap system and for the first time, we had a Christmas ale on tap at home. Let's see the in-laws do that!
The beer was good. Sweet malts, holiday spice with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Brown sugars sweetened things as toasted malts carried the load.
Hop carried a mild notice at the finish.
Mouth is coated with buttered toasty malts.
Overall a good Christmas brew, it did the job for the family and me, tis the season.

Serving type: can
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

12-26-2012 01:12:34 | More by chilidog
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

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

Deep opaque brown with mahogany highlights, thinnish white head, light lacing. Smells of roasty malt, some underlying citrusy hops.

Roasty dark malt, bittersweet chocolate and caramel malt. Just a hint of dark fruit and a light peppery bitterness. Rich but drinkable, very smooth for a beer approaching 8% ABV. Full mouth and a sweet and roasty finish. Lovely stuff.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

12-31-2008 20:56:16 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle label was different that what is shown on the picture here, and I found it better looking. The beer itself looked mahogany in color, clear, and topped with a one finger head. The smell made do a double take, because the strong hop presence was not expected at all. The citric smell was backed with some toffee and chocolate. The taste was quite outstanding due to the amount of things going on. The hops were noticeably bright and floral, while the malt was toasty and sweet. There was a rich smoky backbone, and a lingering buttery aftertaste. Even with all of this flavor density, this was not a big beer, but an easily approached one. A little tinny in texture perhaps, but not much given up there either. Fantastic pick from Windward Beverage Mart in Alpharetta at the recommendation of Paz.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

11-16-2007 03:59:21 | More by rajendra82
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caddybuyer

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The first thing I found striking was the cool retro-Christmas packaging. Looks like the kind of beer that Darrin McGavin would drink in A Christmas Story. Dig the graphics.

A-Utterly beautiful deep red clear ale with a thick eggshell head that settles to a half inch of creamy foam then a scuddy ring. Pretty beer but some head retention would raise this score to a 4.5

S-Caramel malt predominates the initial nose, with roasted biscuit and some citrus hop far in the background. A slight bit of spice and dark fruits can be detected in the background. Slighly understated, but decent.

T-The nose carries through nicely with creamy sweet caramel malts providing the backbone. Spices are more present in the taste than in the nose and appear mid palate, featuring cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Also mid palate, the dark fruits (plum and candied cherries) make an appearance. Closing it all out is a bit of C hop to even things out a bit. Warming alcohol is present throughout but does not interfere with the presentation.

M-Creamy and well balanced.

D-Very nice drinkable brew. I enjoyed this one completely and will be back for more.

I cannot help but look over some of the reviews for this beer and wonder if we are drinking the same beer. This was poured at slighly cooler then cellar temperature which is how I like all of my warmers. I'm sure my rDev on this will be through the roof, but this beer does not deserve the low overall rating that it has. If you like warmers that have some nice subdued spicing you can't go wrong with this.

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

11-20-2010 21:32:05 | More by caddybuyer
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Vashtar

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The appearance is dark. Very dark.

The smell is hoppy and reminds me of a forest.

The taste has a nice Gaussian curve. It's like a fruity Marmite toast.

The mouthfeel is crazy cool! Wish I'd taken more notes on it... guess I'll have to drink some more!

Overall, this is a very, very nice beer. Compare it to St Arnold Christmas

Serving type: bottle
@ Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, 600 South Main Street, Breckenridge

11-22-2011 06:15:22 | More by Vashtar
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tARsh


4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

05-31-2012 06:13:17 | More by tARsh
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catfan2000

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

12-08-2013 16:45:56 | More by catfan2000
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Mcallaghan04

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

10-31-2012 00:21:16 | More by Mcallaghan04
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durkle


4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

12-11-2012 23:22:59 | More by durkle
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

12-18-2012 15:49:03 | More by Mikecap
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JeffSuttonTX

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

03-11-2013 01:04:23 | More by JeffSuttonTX
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hbonner

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

12-02-2012 05:00:57 | More by hbonner
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mwar

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

01-26-2013 22:33:04 | More by mwar
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schiltron

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

11-16-2013 01:07:47 | More by schiltron
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chris1919

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

12-15-2012 00:45:47 | More by chris1919
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

12-02-2012 00:35:42 | More by Peyton5410
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rcjennings

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

06-03-2012 13:52:39 | More by rcjennings
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woostergooner

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

05-22-2013 21:32:48 | More by woostergooner
Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 748 ratings.