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Christmas Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
good

752 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 355
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%

Picked up at Warehouse Beverage, Cleveland. Pours dark colour, virtually no head. Aroma is a touch of roast, and that's it. Taste is spot-on coca-cola,with spices added such as ginger and allspice. OK, but not so drinkable tonight after so many good spicey meals.Above average carbonation, and mouthfeel.

04-26-2009 03:06:48 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

09-01-2012 23:21:59 | More by t0rin0
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metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: 3.5 | Smell: 3.5 | Taste: 3.5 | Mouthfeel: 3.5 | Overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow, brown, and amber in color and has a faint amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that faded away, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of nutty malts and holiday spices are present in the nose—allspice seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste seems to follow the smell, except that there are additional hints of caramel and a slight amount of of bitterness. Hints of sweetness and toffee become noticeable once the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink and has subtle hints of Christmas spices. I wish that the spices could have been stronger, but this might not be a bad choice for people that want subtle hints of spices and not something that is overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2014 21:31:07 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%

Dark bronze with an abundance of orange and furious carbonation. This is my second overly carbonated beer in a row, a streak that I'd like to see end here and now. The light caramel colored head is absolutely massive, initially filled the entire glass and is still four-fingers-and-a-thumb in height. The foam is stiff, but airy; no more substantial than bubble bath. Of course some is bound to stick, but it isn't particularly attractive.

It's tough to appreciate much in the underpowered nose. I pick up roasted malt with a certain sweet toffee-like character and a smidgen of hops, but nothing in the way of spices. Breckenridge Christmas has one of the more anemic aromas you'll find in the winter warmer category.

The flavor is weak as well, but at least I don't have to struggle to appreciate it. What flavor reaches my buds is really nothing special. Even though dark chocolate (subtle), dark caramel and raisins are present, a rather generic roasted maltiness is 80% of the flavor profile. The beer is neither sweet nor bitter, with the exception of a mild bitterness that peeks through on the finish. The body isn't a bit bigger than medium and the whole winter warmer vibe is ruined by chaotic carbonation.

Winter warmers--in my mind at least--should be medium-full, subtly carbonated, creamy, slightly sweet and mildly-moderately spiced with an ABV on the high side to encourage contemplative sipping. Other than the arguably highish ABV, Breckenridge Christmas Ale fails on all counts. I haven't been particularly impressed by any beer from this brewery and this one has done nothing to change my mind.

11-16-2004 23:07:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: A few inches of foam top the clear russet-colored liquid, leaving some shards of lace behind

Smell: Caramel, figgy pudding and some leafy hops

Taste: Caramel and figgy pudding flavors hit the tip of the tongue, followed by leafy hops that spread across the rest of the tastebuds; hints of cinnamon and nutmeg also appear, mostly in the finish, where the hops continue to add an earthy, bitter aspect

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent enough Winter Warmer; not crazy about the way the hops and malts blend together but that is a relatively minor quibble

12-24-2012 16:47:22 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

07-28-2014 06:55:25 | More by zestar
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

A good Warmer. Big on malts, bold on hops, and spiced just right. Too often, the Winter Warmers try to over-do the spices, making it harsh or astringent. This beer starts with a strong malt base that takes on caramel, toffee, bready, toasty flavors and a nearly-syrup body. Hopped for nice balance, while contributing a bit of citrus, earty, and pine flavors. Spices decorate the nose and flavors really subtally, but never contribute harshness in the feel. Seems well aged and matured, with only a hint of hotter alcohols or abrasion. Still has nice head retention and lacing with the last sip. Not one of Breckenridge's finest brews.

11-09-2006 15:24:18 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-04-2011 23:20:32 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

01-19-2014 03:51:23 | More by Texasfan549
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spycow

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev 0%

03-10-2013 19:37:11 | More by spycow
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev 0%

12-14-2013 02:34:54 | More by kylehay2004
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -14.3%

10-31-2013 04:03:53 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

This beer poured out with a nice red colored body and a light tan head on top. The lacing on this one was decent. The smell of the beer had some sweet malts in there mixed with a sturdy amount of christmas spices. The taste of the beer reminded me of a Sam Adams winter lager. There was plenty of flavors in this stuff to warm you up in the cold season. The mouthfeel was about medium bodied and was highly drinkable. Overall this beer fits the season nicely I think.

07-22-2011 03:52:50 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured a clear rich tawny color with a half finger creamy off white head atop,nice broken lace left behind as it settles slowly.Dark fruit leafy somewhat spicy hops in the nose,a little cakiness in the background as well.Decent flavors but they lack depth,a decent leafy hoppiness goes pretty well with mild caramel and dark fruit sweetness,drying in the finish.The problem is the flavors all end abruptly,it's close to being really damn good,it's still a pretty decent winter warmer as is.

11-13-2012 21:07:05 | More by oberon
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zeff80

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -5.7%

A - Poured out a deep mahogany hue with a white, soapy, one-finger head. It left small rings of lace.

S - It smelled of spices (cinamon and vanilla). Also, a nice malty nose.

T - It tasted of caramel malts. The spices were a little understated compared to its aroma.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay winter warmer. There are better out there but this is certainly worth a try at any holiday gathering.

12-20-2007 05:05:06 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +27.7%

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!

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

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a very dark brown that is clear and has a nice creme head. Nose is bland. Very little caramel there. Flavor is a bit tart. The zing is a wee bit much really. There are some nice brown ale-esqe characters here. Decent earthy edge. Nice leafy tone. But the citrusy zingy character is just singing a bit too high. Feel is decent with a thicker liquid body and a slightly lower carbonation. Overall this is an okay winter warmer. A bit off balance and thick in the wrong places, but it is still fairly drinkable.

02-04-2008 23:06:11 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%

Acquired via trade from MilwaukeeCrusher, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, spices, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel, spices, figs and dark fruit. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with background flavors of chocolate and smokiness. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a little balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, there is some complexity to it but overall it’s just a mediocre beer.

04-12-2012 23:58:53 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours with minimal head even with a pretty vigorous pour, color is a tawny caramel brown with amber highlights when held toward the light. Head is a light cream hue and forms speckled lacing scattered around my chalice. Aromatics are muted a bit but there is some faint citrus qualities with caramel malts and a touch of spices. Flavor is very light on the spice additions and hop bitterness a touch of that citrus and pine in the finish. Caramel malt drives the flavor with a nice winter warmer, nothing over the top this beer plays it pretty safe. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied carbonation is easygoing nothing big to report here. Move along to some more interesting christmas ales this one was priced right and not bad this may be my value beer this season.

11-14-2009 19:06:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.1/5  rDev -11.4%

2006 version, couldn't tell when it was bottled.

Pours deep caramel/brown with a fluffy 2 fingers deep sand colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Slight hint of malt & breadyness, plus some brown sugar

T: Nuttyness up front with dryness. A little bit of chocolate & grainy astringency follows. The astringency/cardboard taste detracts from the taste. Finishes with warming & chocolate notes

MF Slick with low cabonation, medium bodied

Didn't drink so well. Whatever it was I liked about lasy years, ain't here, either my tastes changed or the recipe did, not reccomended, but had potential

12-04-2006 08:39:18 | More by russpowell
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -2.9%

Clear caramel-y brown is the color, the head is a small thing, soon gone, best unremarked upon.
Aroma, cola-ish, coffee tones and nuts, a smidgen of spice? No, not really.
Taste: a bit dull, brown ale-ish, just a touch of toffee, but all in all, dull. Light in body, with nary a finish to be found. Unremarkable all the way.
Warm? Not much. Wintry? by a long stretch, maybe...nothing very Christmas-y about it..."malty and warming in character, with a semi-sweet, full-bodied flavor," says the label...it's a slight stretch of the imagination, but true in many respects. Very run-of-the -mill, just malty and wintry enough...actually gets better as we get further in, but I'm no more impressed.
Yeah, I can drink it, but it's nothing to shout about.

12-22-2004 10:40:06 | More by feloniousmonk
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

i know it is a bit early for a christmas beer, but with the first snows falling outside, i couldnt resist the new tap at my local. poured a festive redish color with almost no head to speak of. smells of caramel malts, winter spice, and alcohol. taste is similar to the smell, with some subtle hops joining the mix. a well balanced seasonal brew strong enough to warm the soul. the mouthfeel is perfect for this one as well, on the heavier side, but not filling. a great evening sipper as the snow falls out front

10-26-2011 17:08:13 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -10%

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with a finger of off white head and leaving some lacing.

Smell: Very mild smell to this one. Bready malt with some fruit notes and spices.

Taste: Bready malt with a mild spice profile. Not very sweet and there is a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly and smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is an alright Christmas beer. I would have either liked more spices or to clean up the taste a bit if they wanted to go the other way.

12-04-2011 03:24:47 | More by oline73
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mactrail

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -9.1%

Nice dark amber color with decent carbonation. Dark roast malt with a touch of butter seems to be the main event. Some slight caramel flavors. Modest bitterness without much hop aroma. Very plain and tending towards dishwater. Faint nose of cold offee and charred paper.

I don't find much reasons to drink Breckenridge beers. You could call this one a Dark Pizza Parlor Lager and it might score better.

12-19-2011 03:46:26 | More by mactrail
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-01-2011 15:14:21 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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