Christmas Ale
Breckenridge Brewery

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Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
Winter Warmer
Ranked #122
Ranked #28,126
3.54 | pDev: 13.84%
Apr 03, 2022
Apr 28, 2002
Christmas AleChristmas Ale
Notes: The chill of a Colorado high-country winter calls for a beer with extra flavor and strength. Here it is. At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire.
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3.84 by carrcolind from District of Columbia on Apr 03, 2022
3.58 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Feb 16, 2022
3.84 by let8it8grow from Pennsylvania on Jan 23, 2022
3.56 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 21, 2022
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3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by md3kcn from North Carolina

Purchased as a six-pack of bottles from Marathon for $8.99. Poured in a pimp chalice.

L - Clear copper with no head whatsoever. Lots of tiny bubbles!
S - Dark breads, caramel, and some earthiness. Not too much else.
T - Again, some brown breads and caramel. Notes of toffee and toast. Finish is dry, and hinting at spices. Well-balanced throughout, and you don't really notice the ABV.
F - Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Smooth, and surprisingly easy-to-drink!
O - Never had a "winter warmer" before, but this was like an upgraded Newcastle to me. Probably won't get it again, but it was alright.

Jan 06, 2022
3.41 by shreead from Pennsylvania on Jan 02, 2022
3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on Jan 01, 2022
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3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by JZH1000 from Colorado

Poured from a 12oz bottle
The look is dark brown but you can still see through it with no haze. 1 finger head on the pour with some fine and some big bubbles. It dissipates relatively quickly to a thin layer of foam. Some fair lacing.

Smell has caramel aromas with light hoppiness that mingles with some christmas spices to make a spicy earthy vanilla-y wonderful smell with light fruity overtones.

Taste follows the smell but hop bitterness is quite present. The spice and malts follow on the aftertaste, which was a quite nice surprise after the strong hop flavor. I wish the malts were more upfront, but it ties together pretty well. Quite a lot of malt sweetness throughout the whole thing but roasty notes show up a bit later. As with most hoppy beers on my palate the bitterness fades quite quickly as I drink

Feel is what I look for in a winter seasonal not too filling but hearty enough to drink by a fire or with christmas dinner. Overall good for a chilly night and quite thick in the mouth, but in a good way.

Overall a tasty strong amber beer with hits of spice. Quite nice for what it is, but flavors are quite middle of the road with hops being there but not too strong and same goes for the spice and malt, but it rounds itself off quite well and is very balanced albeit not dry. Overall quite good but not life changing.

Jan 01, 2022
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3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Bluecrow from New York

Thus optically clear amber bottle pour hosts a thin, white foam cap and a slightly sweet aroma (brown sugar).
The flavor is of a gently spiced ( nutmeg, cinnamon) amber ale with a light body and clean finish.
-not a winter warmer, but a light Christmas-style ale.

Dec 26, 2021
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3.52/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

Look: Transparent amber/ruby liquid with a short white head and decent lace on the glass.
Smell and Taste: Malty caramel with hints of clove and cinnamon(?).
Feel: Somewhat dry and seltzer like.
Overall: Not a bad yule time beverage, but not a great one either. Next!!!

Dec 25, 2021
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3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a very dark burgundy with two fingers of khaki foam. Aroma is toffee, caramel, and bready malts. Leans sweet. Flavor profile is caramel, toffee, and bread with caramely, earthy malts. Semi-sweet. Mouth feel is medium with a creamy, light texture. Overall, light sweet with some faint hearty texture to carry it.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a mini keg.

Dec 25, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by CaptJackHarkness from New York

Very nice, mildly warming as expected! Porter like colour, laces the glass to the bottom, pleasant aftertaste. Good recommendation for a long winter night. I am reviewing this on Christmas Eve 2021 and it feels perfect for the occasion!

Dec 25, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by ZenAgnostic from Texas

12oz bottle poured into Teku glass. Picked up at the liquor store for $1.99. BEST ENJOYED BY 13MAR22 printed in black box on bottom right corner of label. So this is good for another 3 months.

Appearance - Clear mahogany red body with a small light brown head with decent to low retention and decent stick. 4.75

Smell - Toffee with only the faintest hint of coffee. Lots of sweet creaminess like caramel, butter, and a little bit of spice. 4.5

Taste - Malty. Balanced. Tasty. Has a little bit of dark roastiness, and I expect an astringent bitterness to follow in the aftertaste but it never comes. Incredibly clean finish for the flavor profile. 4.5

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. 4.75

Overall - Fairly enjoyable. I'm not particularly a fan of this style of beer, but this is probably one of if not the best examples of it I've had, so rating it in style it gets some really good scores. 4.5

Dec 21, 2021
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3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by steveh from Illinois

I remember trying this one last year and really enjoying it, so I was happy to see it again this year.

2021 Breckenridge Christmas Ale. Best by 3-12-22. 12 ounce long neck, poured into my Libby Impy.

L -- Clear, deep copper-amber with a firm and creamy, off-white head that holds up well.

S -- Piny, light cedar hops and peppery alcohol. Earthy malts back with warming.

T -- Light piny hops with a roasted malt backbone. Light notes of caramel and esters of stone fruits. Finish is peppery alcohol and bitter pine hops. Aftertaste of pine hops and earthy, roasted malts.

M -- Mouthfeel is smooth to crisp with a medium-robust body.

O -- With early bottles from this six-pack I noticed the pine/cedar notes more prominently and the malt was subdued, but I think I was pouring and drinking too cold. Allowing the beer to warm brings the 2 characters into balance nicely; 2 characteristics I usually don't care for in proximity, but work well in this beer. A nice tipple for the season.

Dec 19, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

Bought a 6-pack bottles $9.79 Don Quijote
84 days before best by date
Smell of chocolate, roasted malts
Dark brown-reddish color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carboantion
Taste of roasted malts, chocolate, light bitterness finish, hides alcohol well
Overall ok. Flavors are too weak for what I think of a Christmas Ale, which is stronger heavier flavors for cold weather.

Dec 19, 2021
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3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle, 2021 edition, dated best by "16Mar22", March 16, 2022.

Pours a dark copper color, clear, with some reddish highlights. Cream colored head. mild malty aroma, a little toasty and fruity. Taste is similar, but there is an element that almost tastes oxidized even though the beer is fresh. Fuller bodied.

Dec 18, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

Drinking this at one of my favorite tap rooms Tapped Craft and Drafts in Greenville NC.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass
Looks deep Amber with a tannish foamy head that dropped quickly to a thin cap and some nice lacing.
Smells lightly malty, spicy, floral and herbal.
Taste follows the nose nicely with some nutmeg and coriander on the back of my palate.
Mouth feel is medium plus for the style.
Overall a very nice example of a Holiday Ale that I would definitely order again.

Dec 17, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Skywave from Oklahoma

Buff head that falls to thin layer, minimal lacing, rich mahogany, clear.

Brown sugar, caramel, mocha, coffee, molasses, Irish whiskey, PNW hops, much like Pyramid Snow Cap

Brown sugar, molasses, spicy, earthy, piney hops. Moderate and balancing bitterness that pleasantly lingers.

Medium, appropriate CO2 Not too much, slightly sugary, spicy alcohol warmth

I can't get Pyramid Snow Cap in these latitudes anymore. Glad that this has arrived in OKC. Love it.

Dec 14, 2021
3.5 by Scotchboy from Idaho on Dec 14, 2021
3.52 by MJ64 from Mississippi on Dec 10, 2021
3.44 by EdFed from Illinois on Dec 10, 2021
3.62 by MJSFS from Florida on Dec 04, 2021
3.34 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Dec 02, 2021
3.67 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Nov 28, 2021
3.85 by jwmoore from Iowa on Nov 22, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by detgfrsh from Texas

From a glass bottle. Dark copper color with a thin layer of beige head. Smells of brown sugar and dried fruit. Medium body. Malty flavor with brown sugar, cloves, and a little bitterness on the finish. Nice on a cool evening.

Nov 19, 2021
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3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"Best by 3/12/22"; drank 11/18/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through brown/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; strong, frothy lace.

Caramel, spring water & faint notes of cinnamon notes and dill pickle in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel. Caramel, mild cinnamon & faint dill pickle flavors.

A bit off, but overall drinkable. Not one I'll seek out again, though.

Nov 19, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Appearance: Clear copper, large, lasting off white head and good lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruit, caramel mats, toffee.
Taste: Malts do all the heavy lifting. Spicy hops add a bit of depth and balance.
Mouthfeel: Full-to-medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Warming finish.
Overall: Tasty, with a nice bite in the aftertaste..

Nov 13, 2021
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3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz bottle. Label has best by date of '12MAR22'.
Amber brown colored body. Brief thin finger of off white head. Leaves some faces of lacing.
Aroma is faint with chocolate and caramel malts.
Taste is more robust than the smell, with expressed roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and a bit of orange and spices.
Medium mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Good to include in a rotation of holiday "warmer" beers, but will not be the highlight. Faint aroma and just there flavors keep this at a lower rung.

Nov 09, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Kiiz

Served out of a mini keg into a pint glass.

L: burnt amber, butter colored head, a lot of lacing partially due to the keg not being acclimated to the fridge yet.

S: toasted malts, caramel, buttery biscuit, clove, earthiness.

T: Follows nose with more bitterness and citrus flavors. Reminds me a bit of a Christmas trippel without the banana.

F: medium body, very creamy, good carbonation, moderately lingers. Not overpowering at all for how sturdy it feels. Good execution.

O: I hope they stock the mini kegs where I go because this is going to be the staple the next few months. Not the best, but very solid.

Update: I’ve drank like half the mini keg and besides the bubbles this stuff is fire, give it a try it’s so smooth and refreshing but it’s still a winter warmer in a cosmic sorta way.

Nov 06, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

Poured a ruby copper brown with a thin tan head that dissipated to nothing very quickly. Light lacing was present. The nose of malt is extremely faint. Tastes of caramel, malt and some cloves with a noticeable hop bitterness on the finish. Very nice feel with a slightly creamy and medium body and medium-light carbonation. I have had much better Winter Warmers but this is very drinkable and I would definitely buy it again.

Nov 03, 2021
4.19 by evanwoertz from California on Nov 03, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

Breckenridge Christmas Ale has a medium, beige head, a dark copper appearance, plentiful bubbles, and lots of lacing. The aroma is of brown bread crust with hop spice. The flavor is similar, with stronger-than-expected bitterness. Breckenridge Christmas Ale has a medium body and a semi-dry finish.


Nov 02, 2021
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3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by hreb from Washington

12oz Breckenridge bottle best enjoyed by 23Mar22. 7.1% ABV? Huh. Served in a stemless wine glass.

Reddish cola brown. Not much lacing or head, but a nice, deep amber. Flavor has a great balance of bitter hop spiciness and a mellow, malty brew. Notes of toffee and a whiff of coffee. Not the most flavorful, but outstanding drinkability. I didn't notice the ABV on the label the first couple of times I tried this and I would have guessed this might be closer to 5.5%. Carbonation is a little bit heavier than the style needs, but bonus points for excellent drinkability.

Nov 02, 2021
4.25 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 16, 2021
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3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Lampro from Virginia

Malry and mellow in spices. Mostly bought this for the bargain price and novelty.

Jul 08, 2021
3.25 by KT3418 from Colorado on Mar 19, 2021
3.1 by robebo44 from Virginia on Feb 24, 2021
Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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