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Christmas Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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907 Ratings

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14%
Wants: 16
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of bunnyhustle
2.51/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle, local shop had these on clearance and well within the "best buy" date so I thought why not? I should have thought not. Poured into pint glass and pours deep, dark red, very dark looking with thin head with poor retention and some lacing. Smell is weak, the only really detectable thing I can find is yeast and bread. It almost smells Belgian-ish. Taste is of some malt, some caramel but with a somewhat sharp alcohol bite towards the end. Moutfeel was very light and watery, it just seemed off. Overall this beer was just very bland in all aspects (smell, taste, moutfeel, ect). It wasnt terrible but I will not revisit this and by far the worst Winter Warmer I've yet to sample.

Photo of whiterabbit
2.51/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark, almost mahogany in color. Looks good. Poured a very faint foam, some definite lacing. Head quickly disappeared

Very little aroma. Surprised as I expected more.

Flavor to me raisin, coffee, some malt and hop. Light Spice. Definite alcohol aftertaste Very noticeable and somewhat bitter. A bit of a turn off

Not great on the tongue. Too sharp, not enough depth and bitter alcohol.

Did not do it for me. Went in with decent expectations, came away disappointed. Cut against Goose island and Great Lakes in same night, and a very distant third. Much better seasonal Ales out there. I will not be back, and rest in fridge is going to move slow.

Photo of natelocc787
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear golden body with an off white foamy cap. Subtle spice in the aroma with a mild hop character and graininess. The taste reminds me of Saint Arnold christmas ale, light body, every bit if booze evident, a corn syrup flavor and some vanilla, caramel spice to build up the finish which offers a piney profile. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, borderline syrupy and under carbonated. Decent but not too impressed.

Photo of es42289
2.56/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

too much hop biterness. Did not seem to be as spicy as other christmas ales. first sip seems harsh and makes you aprehensive about the next sip. not enough malt coming through to efficiently mask the high hop bitterness and higher alcohol.
Gets better as you get closer to the end of the 6pack though...as expected :)

Photo of BeerAngel
2.56/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours pale brown that has no hazing and lies beneath a nice pillowy tan head. The aroma consists of an overwhelming amount of alcohol smell with not much else poking through. The taste consists of roasted malts with more of the alcohol that nearly make it taste medicinal. It also has a seltzer type taste characteristic to the finish of each swallow. This is a light bodied beer that just doesn't have a lot going for it. It's okay, but other than a warming beer, not my choice for the holidays. Cheers!

Photo of sevopie
2.57/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with very little light shining through. Tan-light brown head that laces sporadically.

Smell - Slightly corny smell, as well as some strange sour notes and a couple indistinguishable spices.

Taste - A sweet corn flavor greets you with touches of spices (I think possibly cinnamon) and not a whole lot else. Warmer this is not.

Mouthfeel - Moderately thick/oily with a solid amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Its not very harsh so easily sippable, but its not really a winter warmer in my book. After a few sips, the flavor starts to grate on your taste buds. I'll pass next year, and I'm starting to get this general impression of most of Breck's brews.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint style glass.

A: Poured with little head for the style. Body looks a bit thin for a winter ale but does have a fairly nice deep mahagony color.

S: Nose is a hint of molasses but mostly minty spice notes dominate. Kind of weak.

T & M: Starts off with a bit of caramel sweetness and a touch of molasses flavor that seems weak and then transitions to mostly "Christmas" like spices (your typical mint, ginger, a touch of cinnamon). The malt character fades but is a bit noticeable even as as the wintery spice notes make their way through. The finish is very weak for the style, and besides the mouthfeel, is the real killer for this brew. Additionally, the aftertaste is nothing more than a watery odd metallic off-flavor that does not leave you wanting another sip. The mouthfeel is thin for the style, and the lack of body definitely does not seem like a "winter warmer".

D & Notes: Overall this is at best a half-way decent drinkable beer, but not worth bothering with if you are looking for a truly good "winter warmer". This brew is nothing more than a thin malt body with some holiday spices. The body is much too thin, the maltiness is weak, the finish is very weak, and this overall, in my opinion, a not so great winter brew.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.64/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I thought this was OK, but far from the best holiday/winter/Christmas beer I’ve yet had this season. A coppery taste combined with a fruitiness/witbier blend did not really work for me.

Pours a dark, clear, sparkling red color with a centimeter and a half of head which quickly faded to a scummy coating, but left nice lacing. Aroma is nice hoppiness and some vaguely unpleasant natural earthiness. Flavor is hoppy at first, an odd bit of fruitiness (like fruitcake or candied fruit) in the middle of my mouth, and a bit of coppery maltiness at the finish. After a few more sips, the fruitiness in the middle seems more like a witbier...perhaps citrus and coriander. Mouthfeel’s a bit thin. I’m not a huge fan of this.

I wouldn’t really recommend this beer, although it does taste a bit like the holidays. I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars Liquor in Franklin, WI.

Photo of aaronh
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep reddish-amber topped by a loose off-white head. Aroma has a slight hint of cherry and honey - not much else. Flavor is also dominated by honey notes followed by a mixture of burnt sugar and alcohol. Not really all that complex. Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit watery. Carbonation is great. Drinkability is OK, but it's really a rather boring beer.

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2.69/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: This beer was dark brown with some deep ruby highlights that showed through when held up to the light. The almost white head rose up to a finger and settled back down rather quickly. A thin layer lingered for a lot of the drink. What foam did remain was sticky and left a few patches of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Right after the pour, this beer smelled "wrong." It had a sharp, somewhat acidic, almost bile-like aroma to it. Thank God this went away after a few minutes. It was replaced by the smells of sweet malt, brown sugar, cracker, roasted malt, and hints of alcohol. Overall, the aroma was very light.

After the beer sat for a while longer, the aroma turned bad again. The earlier, bile-like smell came back, but it had more of a sour quality to it. The only thing that kept this beer from getting a VERY low "smell" rating is the fact that I caught a whiff of its potential between the two nasty periods.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and fairly smooth. There was a slight numbing effect on the tongue from the alcohol.

Taste: This beer was a little sour on the tip of the tongue, but gained a sharp hops bitterness as it lingered in the mouth. Maybe the aroma was affecting me, but I thought that the hops had a sour quality to it as well. That was about all there was until the finish, when a little bit of sweetness and an alcohol flavor arose.

Not impressed by this one. Hopefully next years will be better.

Photo of russwbeck
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep red pour with little to no head.

S: The smell is kind of strange, I can't quite place it. Caramel malts and some sweetness.

T: Boozy taste, malty finish.

MF: Medium bodied without a noticeable carbonation.

D: Not very high, probably my least favorite winter warmer.

Photo of mdcrouser
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Admitedly, this came from the sampler pack from World Market - a gift from my sister-in-law this Christmas.

Dark brown, but with glints of red and orange peeking through, hanging in the beer like ornaments on the tree.

The nose is somewhat faint, with light spices, a bit of grapefruit, and some alcohol. The taste brings that bitter grapefruit to the fore, pushing it out to the edges of your tongue - it's just hoppy enough to let you know that it's there, but is otherwise underwhelming. The caramelly malts are also light - maybe roasted over an open fire? decent carbonation, coolly prickly on the tongue.

While this isn't a bad beer, it's nothing exceptional, and I can't see myself seeking this out to enjoy more than just this one.

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Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.