Family Christmas Ale
Alewerks Brewing Company

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Alewerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
Winter Warmer
Ranked #28
Ranked #14,275
3.97 | pDev: 8.82%
Nov 18, 2022
Dec 08, 2018
Very Good
Family Christmas AleFamily Christmas Ale
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Reviewed by Brumaster77 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark brown with half finger of head. Smells of light spices and vanilla. Mild and tasteful at 8%. Not over powering with spice or flavor. A solid warm Christmas ale!
Nov 18, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by RockyM72 from Florida

Jan 02, 2022
Rated: 3.67 by Boone757 from Virginia

Dec 11, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by RBorsato from Virginia

Dec 06, 2021
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Look: It pours brown with a tans head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has plenty of holiday spices aromas that feature nutmeg and cinnamon with clove and ginger. There are light orange notes.

Taste: There are caramel flavors with cinnamon and ginger upfront in the flavor. It also has nutmeg and clove with a touch of vanilla.

Feel: It has a medium full body with a slight bit of sweetness in the finish and pleasant alcohol warming.

Overall, the beer has a nice blend of spices with some nice alcohol warming.
Nov 26, 2021
Rated: 4 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Dec 25, 2020
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Reviewed by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
L - Copper/reddish brown with a tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly but leaves behind a nice cap
S - Bready yeast, cloves, nutmeg, allspice. Smells like the holidays
T - Follows the nose: bready yeast and malt up front and throughout intermixed nicely with winter spices (nutmeg, allspice, cloves, some ginger and cinnamon as well)
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - A very well done Winter warmer. Alewerks always seems to put out some nice ales.
Dec 24, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Dec 08, 2020
Rated: 3.46 by nmann08 from Virginia

Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Could cross to spices beer - winter warmer base with warming seasonal spices, though the nose seems to hide these aspects a bit. A bit of a Scotch ale base with some earthiness in the nose veers to an amber spiced ale in the flavor department. The spices are warming and the ABV only supports it. A decent holiday spiced ale.
Jan 05, 2020
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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Grabbed a Crowler of the 2019 version at Alewerk’s Little Auxiliary Brewery. Brought back memories of British winter warmers I’ve had in the past. In this case flavor was banana bread with hints of allspice, clove and nutmeg. The pour was very light bubbly on head. It firmed up with a vigorous pour and produced a reasonable 1/2 inch head to top a dark brown ale in a Fuller’s Imperial Pint glass. Then had quickly disappeared wet itch no lacing. While the untopped dark brown was pretty much unattractive ... there was a nice mahogany/cherry quality when held to light. Nose and taste were as noted and pleasant. However as is also a British trait...there is some dry sour aftertaste. Carbonation was favorably restrained and body was slightly full and oily. Made for a nice sessionable sipper as you would hope for a winter warmer. Not my favorite type of English Holiday Ale but Alewerks has replicated it very well. A good showing on their part.
Dec 25, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Dec 14, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by CreightonSM from New York

Dec 28, 2018
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From the barcode: "BOTTLED ON 10 30 2018"

Appearance: It's a hazy dark brown with a minimal cap of off-white with minimal retention and no real lacing.

Aroma: It smells like nutmeg and ginger.

Taste: It has a pleasant flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and toast.

Mouthfeel: The spice level is mellow and it makes the beer very easy to drink. Carbonation is low and it has a medium body.

Overall: It is a nice and easy to drink beer, especially for the "ALC. 8.0% BY VOL." advertised on the label. It has a nice mellow spice and good flavor. I would recommend it and I would drink it again.
Dec 08, 2018
Family Christmas Ale from Alewerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 15 ratings