Christmas Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

very good
1,329 Ratings
Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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

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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Cloudy dark brown, big foamy off white head. Nice head stick and retention.

S. caramel, dates, baked bread, malts

T. A full bodied brown ale that starts features an array of favors and complexity. A heavy dose of toasted malts, chewy like biscuity flavor, and even seems to give some spices before a drying bitter finish.

O. This brew came highly acclaimed and I have to say Im a wee bit dissapointed. Overall very solid just didn't blow me away. I will definitely try again as I actually have last years version in the basement.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Murky cider brown with a thick off white head, and it leaves thick circular lacing.

S: Sweet syrup malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and dark fruits

T: Dark fruit, spicy, bread, a bit of bitterness, burnt alcohol, and alcohol on the finish.

M: Medium

O: Interesting flavors, but a bit unbalanced. The bitterness tastes green throughout and does not mesh well with the alcohol in the finish. Some tasty bread, caramel notes are present.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, opaque, amber brown coloring with some unfiltered suspensions throughout. Sparse, filmy white surface coating with a slightly thicker ring around the glass. Aromas of nut sweetness, tangy caramel, sugary sweetness, old world fruits, and a floral hops presence. Pretty unique nose, and well blended, as it was hard to tease out specifics. Flavors are a solid lead punch of old world fruits, including date and fig, with a subtle ribbon of tart fruit sweetness, as well as tangy caramel and rich hazelnut. Very strong, deep, big, sweet flavors on the palate. Cloying is just cut short by an overpowered bitter hops profile, but that, too, is eventually overpowered. The sweet, earthy tones begin to overrun your taste buds. Dark cherry and oak characteristics come into the aftertaste, giving this a wine-like feel at the end of the drink, especially as you continue to drink and characteristics build. Rich, robust flavors on a mid-bodied brew lead to a rich, slightly cloying finish. Interesting, big brew, and great for the cold weather, but this one has a lot going on.

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Christmas Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,329 ratings.
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