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Christmas Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

909 Ratings

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Ratings: 909
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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of etreesh
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JNForsyth
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of drunkciclista
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of Chaz
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear brown-amber in color, topped with a tan head. Nice looking beer overall.

Nose is fairly neutral and malty, but with a hint of spicy hops, and a little bit of warming alcohol.

"Apple" is my first impression. It tastes like a ripe apple dipped in a spicy, boozy caramel sauce. Hop use is -by today's standards- minimal, but appropriate or the style, and this beer straddles the lines (which often blur between winter warmer / Old Ale / traditional British barley wine) very adeptly.

It's been a while since I've had this (ten years already?), but this one is as good for the style as I remember it being.

Body and mouthfeel are both very good. It's not too thin, it's not too boozy-hot, it is easily-drinkable, and is probably dangerously-drinkable at this strength. So it's a very good sipper

Definitely worth re-visiting.

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.48/5  rDev +28%

Photo of Kayla_Lauren11
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of microbrewlover
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

This brew pours a brown color with red highlights when held up to the light. There is a small off white head which does not last long with moderate lacing.

The smell is mostly sweet malts along with some nuts and floral hops.

The taste follows the nose with a rich sweet malt body, followed by a nutty taste then a cherry taste. There is a nice hop finish, slightly spicy hops. Just a hint of alcohol leaks through. The mouthfeel is thick and bready.

Overall this is a decent winter warmer; it is worth a try.

Photo of Gloa99
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Deanc
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of JustinSparks
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BDeibs
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of icecubeeater
2/5  rDev -42.9%

maybe I'm just uncultured but it tastes like a christmas tree

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3.48/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Brams17
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Has a kind of wintery feeling to it, good for those family gatherings you really hate. But - it isn't so high in alcohol that you'll be stumbling around, tripping over a string of christmas lights, embarrassing your wife and validating the dislike the inlaws have always had for you. Plus the label is nice and festive! It's a must-have for late november and all of december.

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4.12/5  rDev +17.7%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4.04/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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2.93/5  rDev -16.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +8.6%

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3.08/5  rDev -12%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 909 ratings.