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Christmas Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

907 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a conical pint glass at Breckenridge barbecue in high altitude Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is an amber-copper.

Sm: Nothing. Could be because me nose is broken. All apologies, lads.

T: Amber hops, light toasted malt, light caramel, and cream. Very timid; the flavours hardly come through at all. Balanced but quite muted.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A touch sharp. Complementary of the flavours of the body. A bit too thick.

Dr: Drinkable, but unremarkable and a bit boring due to its muted nature.

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark amber color with some orange highlights. The head is about 2" high but falls quickly to a thick surface foam.

Smell: aroma is somewhat lacking here as some malt sweetness and a bit of earthiness come through to the nose.

Taste: bready carmel, grapefruits, earthiness, some soft nut tones, a hint of spiciness, and a moderate bitterness make up the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late.

Drinkability: decent winter ale worth giving a try. If you want more of a malt focused beer for the holidays this will work.

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/20/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear orange copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of raisin, plum, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, chocolate, light roast, pine, floral, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and moderate hop notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, plum, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, floral, pine, grass, and herbal earthiness. Light amount earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, floral, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of malt and hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice winter warmer style. Good balance and robustness of malt and earthy/spicy hop flavors; and smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of LXIXME
2.49/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an inch or so above the glass gives you a pretty decent off white to light brown head resting atop a clear caramel red colored ale.

The aroma is a weak nutmeg and or other Christmas type spices mixed in with some caramel malt.

The taste was pretty weak also, more of the nutmeg and other Christmas type spices with a weak hops and some caramel malt.

A medium bodied beer with a light dry malty aftertaste.

I'll pass on a 2nd one of these.

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark amber with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing.
Smell is of cinnamon, grain, nutmeg, cloves, mild ginger, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a gentle bitterness of hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitey, gently spiced, and drinkable like a spiced wafer.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with a thin head that settles to a thin ring. Smells slightly malty and spicy but with a little sour graininess as well. Taste is similar, including the sour graininess. Quite light in overall flavor, slightly sweet and a slightly nutty finish. Smooth mouthfeel. I drank a sixpack of this and a week later someone brought me another. I was pretty bored with this before I finished the first sixpack, let alone the second.Eh.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle, into a pint glass.

Breckenridge Christmas looks very chestnut brown in color with a cinnamon tan foam about an inch in height with pretty good legs but no lacing. Smell is all caramel malt and some nutty appeal, spices are really not in the picture. Taste is malty and caramel and nuts and a bit of spice but not much. There is a taste of alcohol towards the end, the 7.4 is not muted well. Don't get any hops and this is not reminding me of christmas. It's pretty much a very malty brown ale IMO. Feel is a big medium, malty, not bitter, smooth and fairly carbed. I drank it.

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer. It poured brown with a short off-white head. There's a big initial hit of spice in the aroma, but that leveled off and left a roasted cocoa scent. Essentially, this beer has a fairly tasty, somewhat imperial brown ale at it's base with a touch of heavy roast mixed in. The Christmas spicing is subtle enough, with some nutmeg and cinnamon type notes in there (I'm not certain that's what it is).

Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Breckenridge Christmas ale, poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Brown in color with a decent off-white head and some lace.

Aroma of light malts and some spices lurking.

Caramel malt in the flavor profile. Good amount of holiday spice, clove, anise, and cinnamon. Leafy hop adds a little bitterness. Long spicy finish.

Low level of carbonation on a medium-full bodied brew.

Drinks pretty easily, one I'm sure I'll have again. A solid offering but a pretty standard one at that.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled due to the kindness of gbontrag.

Out of the bottle and in to the glass this is a clear coke brown colored ale without much head.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a scent of orange and lemon with vanilla, ginger and cinnamon.

Taste is sweet and woody with a cinnamon flavor and a little ginger burn at the beginning. Light fruity flavors from a British yeast strain gives this the British Ale flavor that I like. Mild fuggles bitterness in the after taste there is a trace of tobacco and leather taste here.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty and very well mannered winter warmer of a beer here. It shines by having no rough edges and a willing to please demeanor. A recommendable beer.

Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to mikereaser for this brew.

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, spicy, with some caramel. The taste is malty, spicy, slightly bitter. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty WW, recommend.

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's enough thick, cottony head to probably prevent a quarter from sinking to the bottom if it were dropped in. Now that's what you like to see in a beer! The body too is a nice sight: a deep tone but one that is clear and ripe with highlighting. Suitably, Christmas Ale is the colour of chestnuts... that were roasted on an open fire.

The aroma is underlined by a toasted and nutty-sweet maltiness and, just perhaps, the odd fruity ester. There's also a subtle and surprising citrus character that whistles notes of Moroccan tangerines. It is a wonderful compliment to the slight chocolaty character of the brown malt. Just a sliver of the 7.4% alcohol shows.

A winter warmer should be as malty as a filet mignon steak should be juicy. Breckenridge's offering contains enough toasty, nutty-sweet grain to be considered a tenderloin cut, but I'm not sure that I'd call it a true filet mignon. It's too thin and dry a cut; still good, but simply lacking the benefit of bacon-wrapped goodness.

For a malt-forward and relatively high alcohol beer, something keeps Christmas Ale considerably approachable and refreshing. Each sip concludes with a zestful, bright splash of orange-y citrus and an earthy, almost savory note of spicy, leafy hops. There's also little not to like about the beer's smooth caramel sweetness.

Breckenridge's Christmas Ale brought me plenty of good Christmas cheer. It is an ideal holiday ale as it has plenty of delicious malt and hop flavour yet is balanced and moderate enough so as to appeal to more mild drinkers as well. In other words, it's an excellent option for family or work get togethers; a real crowd (and beer geek) pleaser.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Tone
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, dark brown color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of oatmeal. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, all spice, earthy malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, good appearance, but average at best in other aspects.

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany. Thin beige head with little retention. Lacing is spotty and sparse. Some faint sweet malt aromas and a bit of a spicy hop presence if you sniff hard enough. Body is almost medium and the mouthfeel is just kind of there. The flavors are nice enough. Sweet malts and dark fruits blend nicely. Raisin and plum come to mind. A little piney character. And there's a slight lingering bitter dryness after the swallow. Pretty good.

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