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Christmas Ale - Bristol Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 19.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bristol Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.61% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RuckusDu on 11-30-2011)
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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rsdaugherty:
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into pint glass
A – 2 finger + dusty white head had respectable retention while leaving OK broken lacing around the glass, brew is a clear dark brown 4
S – My mother’s fruit cake recipe… really. Dark fruits, allspice, cloves, brown sugar and sweet dark bread… it’s all there with a mild floral. 4
T – Malts are dark semi sweet bread, fruit faint in the background, finish turns up the spice with a mild bitterness, hits the mark of a Xmas ale 3.5
M – Watery with too mild of carbonation, moderate body 3
O – An enjoyable drinkable Christmas beer that I don't think I'll be buying again but am glad to have tried 3.5

rsdaugherty, Dec 06, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.15/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours dark ruby amber brown with a small head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet malts and floral, perfumey spices and cloves.

The flavor is sweet peaty malts with a little roast, and more soapy, perfumey spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation and pretty watery.

Overall, lots of floral perfumey spices...not really a fan.

Beaver13, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of kjritt
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served from a bottle into a glass.

a. deep mohogany with a reddish translucence.

s. smells like christmas. hints of cloves, allspice, and roasted nuts. similar to their pumpkin ale but stronger smell of spices.

t. light, roasted nuts, a dollup of apple cider. sweet.

m. fizzy, not much sticking, but quite smooth.

o. perfect for a wintery evening at christmas time sitting by the fire enjoying the smell of roasting pine cones.

kjritt, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Blargimus
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, poured into tulip.

Pours a deep red with a good amount of white head. Head fades away to light lacing, leaves almost nothing on side of glass.

Smell is heavenly. Lots of nutmeg and dark fruits. Basically smells like you took eggnog, added some slight hop bitterness and malty goodness. I am a huge fan of the smell.

The taste doesn't quite get there, but it's close. Not much actual hoppiness, but enough bitterness in the aftertaste to balance. TONS of spices. Yum.

Mouthfeel is medium. I could have asked for a little more thickness, but that might have been overpowering.

Overall, this is a VERY spiced beer, but I'm into that. Stay away if you hate eggnog.

Blargimus, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of stampfler07
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

stampfler07, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of carteravebrew
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

carteravebrew, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of eightysixants
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

eightysixants, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of maniaczak
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

maniaczak, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice amber brown in the Orval chalice. Reminds me of the parade of Anchor Christmas ales with too much clove and cinnamon. Modest maltiness with a little sweetness. Lots of fruity tart flavors. Very light body and increasingly sharp as you sip. If you like a flavored lager this may do the job, but I find the spice less pleasant. Rather woody in the mouth and just a slight earthy bitterness.

From the great selection of Christmas beers at Grapevine in Denver.

mactrail, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of BDeibs
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

BDeibs, May 03, 2014
Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, ruby red body. Nice head on pour, but it dissipates rapidly, leaving very little lacing on the glass and very little head left as you finish the glass.

Smell: Spices! Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Some citrus-like hop notes.

Taste: Like a Xmas cookie. Like the smell, it's all about the spice flavors. There's a touch of malt sweetness, perhaps some rye. Slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. Light carbonation noted.

Overall: A good example of what I would consider a traditional holiday ale, emphasis on holiday spices in the smell and taste. A tad weak on the head retention and mouthfeel, nor special or distinct per se, but that's the way some beer styles should be. A solid holiday brew.

beergoot, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice beer, very deep winter style. pours a lovely glowin brown color with a copper fire underneath. smallish off-white head. smells like the same exact spice profile as a good pumpkin ale, cinnamon, clove, vanilla. yeasty too. flavor is the same with a hefty malt backbone. mouthfeel is nice also, like a belgian, bubbly at first but calming down as it warms. great complex aftertaste not dry in the slightest. a really nice beer from bristol, glad i picked this up

StonedTrippin, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Gerred
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Gerred, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

afsdan, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of mpenning13
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

mpenning13, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of RuckusDu
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Good - Poured a 2 finger off-white head that quickly dissipated but some decent lacing. Body is dark with only the slightest reddish-brown when held up to the light. Smell is of Christmas. Gingerbread cookies (molasses) and hot apple cider (cloves, cinnamon, and some apple).

The Average - Taste is not quite there. Some definite molasses and cloves again but just okay. Maybe it is the weak mouthfeel that brings this down. Light body on the mouth with moderate carbonation. A winter, Christmas ale should be hearty in my mind. There are some soft hops on the finish.

The Judgment - Started off with so much potential then let me down once it hit my mouth. Still tasty and may be a nice thing to have Christmas morning.

RuckusDu, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Brushkanna
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Brushkanna, Jan 17, 2012
Christmas Ale from Bristol Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.