Christmas Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,328 Ratings
Christmas AleChristmas Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,328
Reviews:
572
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.07%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
127
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.71/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep murky brown; purple when held to the light.

Nice dark khaki head; strong lacing.

Bread & dark fruits in the nose; a belgian vibe; also, hints of caramel, rasberry & strawberry.

Thick mouthfeel.

Taste is of acorn, light spice, raisin & caramel. Definitely a winter beer; viscous & sweet, almost like an American Barleywine, but not cloying. Sweet, unique & worth a quaff.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Substantial brown runs deep, clarity sucks, sediment/floaties rampant. Aroma was more brown malt and a little bit of nutmeg.

Taste was enjoyable for a brown xmas style beer, toffee, some caramel, nutmeg still, brown sugar, lots of carbonation, a little bit of warmth, straddling between winter warmer and brown ale. Maybe more hopping than normal for a winter warmer. Mild clove.

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Photo of Krey213
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jahbless
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mild taste, not overpowering with the spices.

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Photo of McAfee85
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of w5baron
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JimmyShaker1
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JosephConklin
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lupercmda
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BdM
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mickmanhattan
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of joeroma5
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of baseball636
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrob21
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’ve had this on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl and the Pig & Fiddle and from a bottle poured into a craft beer glass.
A: Brilliant chestnut, 1” off white foam collar, provides thin lines of lace.
S: Mild fruit cake in a glass with citrus, light fruit, spice.
T: The dark malts have a cakey bread character with dried fruit, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of clove. It starts sweet but there is some drying astringency from the spices on the finish.
F: Creamy, medium body and carbonation.
O: This is a good, rich Christmas ale. It is a little on the rich side to drink more than a bottle of this at a sitting.

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Photo of rossracing
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Christmas Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,328 ratings.
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