Craft Gingerbread Cookie Ale | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Craft Gingerbread Cookie AleCraft Gingerbread Cookie Ale
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5 Ratings
Craft Gingerbread Cookie AleCraft Gingerbread Cookie Ale

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by biboergosum on 12-05-2015

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trosevear
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Craft beer Christmas beer!! My parents dropped the first one out of there fridge on Christmas so I had to go find another to replace it.

L: Golden caramel brown, with a fair size white head that follows with some lacing leaving nothing, not anything much on the beer!

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, smells like a gingerbread house :D or a gingerbread cookie!

T: Kinda spicy from the cinnamon and the nutmeg, but very strong gingerbread taste to it as well with almost no hop profile.

F: Lightly carbonated with a full body mouth feel.

O: A pretty good beer from them, I've had some bad ones from this brewery. But this one is pretty good, glad I tried it but I probably wouldn't have it again :/

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Photo of Tivlavrie
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle, a Christmas gift I was able to share.
This beer was clear, reddish amber color. Loose, foamy bubbles with nice lace and good retention.
It smells of gingerbread cookies, ginger, nutmeg, and some sweetness. Was hoping for more of a spice kick but the smell was pretty subdued.
The taste starts with a good base of sweet malt, caramel and a bit bready. Then the gingerbread taste come through, matching the aroma, clove, nutmeg, and some herbal, grassy bitterness. As mentioned with the smell, the flavors are quite mild and muted.
The carbonation is low but not flat, the body and mouth feel are medium, smooth and slightly creamy.
Drinkable, and pleasant, but everyone was hoping for more of a strong gingerbread flavor.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle - the add-on offering for day 25 (the analogue of the 19th hole) in the Advent Beer Calendar world, it would seem, which comes with a decent enough branded glass chalice for yer 25 or so Canuck ducats.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium red-brick amber colour, with four fingers of aggressively foamy, puffy, and bubbly beige head, which leaves some random blotchy and speckled lace around the glass as it very gently subsides.

It smells of well, gingerbread cookies from our collective youth (ginger, clove, and nutmeg spice, and a crackery sweet caramel malt), a bit of extraneous citrusy, leafy, and herbal hoppiness, and some subtle warming alcohol notes. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, semi-sweet ginger, clove, nutmeg, and allspice, um, spice, a muddled pome and citrus fruit bowl essence, and some rising herbal, leafy, and grassy green hop bitterness.

The carbonation is nicely rendered in its somewhat supportive and otherwise frivolous frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and quite smooth, with a wee airy creaminess kickin' it in the background. It finishes well off-dry, the grainy caramel malt welcoming a lingering saccharine spiciness that might be gingerbread-worthy, but there's a long row to hoe for that to eventually happen.

Overall, this starts off very much like the titular ubiquitous holiday confection, but quickly settles into a more plain and unassuming spiced dark seasonal ale, which is no bad thing, just not worthy of the heady experience one might be expecting for the sticker shock and hype around this product - quelle surprise.

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Craft Gingerbread Cookie Ale from Saugatuck Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 5 ratings