Christmas Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.48/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, ruby-chestnut body rests gently beneath a short, creamy head of light tan that drops slowly to a thin surface covering; leaving tiny spots and splashes of lace about the glass. It's quite smooth and even somewhat creamy across the palate with a medium, dextrinous body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation that's quite British in character. The nose is inviting, and quite interesting, with interwoven notes of caramel-drizzled and biscuity/bready malt, dark dried fruits (prunes and raisins), and pine. The flavor follows suit, and it's a fairly rich and somewhat complex brew with a beautiful, biscuity and toffee-ish malt component that's accented by yeasty fruitiness and a dollop of rounding buttery diacetyl. It's reminiscent of the Fuller's yeast character; and it's very English indeed! As it warms, the hops become more apparent... leafy, grassy, and slightly mineral-like; leaving it to finish with some lingering buttery toffee and drying, leafy and resinous hops. An excellent beer that delivers exactly what I'd expect of an English brewed winter warmer. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of sdwchef
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MidloRapid
4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrillMeister
4.42/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 6 pack of this and the guys at the liquor store told me not to put the whole 6 pack int the fridge or you will drink it all.

They were right. It's a very tasty beer. It has a pleasant aroma, a great taste with a hint of cherry, i think. Very nice beer. I could drink this stuff past Christmas.

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Photo of darthpeepee
4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark amber from a 12oz bottle. The bottle's label was very festive. Great artwork and presentation.

S - Smell was rather sweet. Malty with dark fruit aroma. Light hint of spices used in the beer.

T - Tastes of lightly roasted malt, dark fruits, and spice. Nice wood/pine hops used in this drink. Nice balance between the malt and hops.

M - Very light and easy drinking winter warmer. Light-Medium body.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. I would like to try another one of these. Delicious beer for those cold winter nights.

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4.4/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of nicholas2121
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Christmas Ale brewed by Breckenridge Brewery with an ABV of 7.40% This brew pours out a nice brown color with a nice light brown head. Christmas Ale has the loo of most Ales on market, no saying that is a bad thing. The smell is rich with flavors and grains. You also pick up on some spices and sweetness in the smell of this ale. Christmas Ale is a really inviting brew. The taste is bold with flavor you pick up on the grains and malts in this brew. Then there is a nice smooth spicy aftertaste. This brew has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The aftertaste is nice with a burnt caramel taste, with a hit of spice. You don't notice the high ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouthfeel of Christmas Ale is rich , smooth, and filling. Christmas Ale is smooth but bold tasting brew. This was better than what I was expecting. I would buy this brew again. Breckenridge Brewery, did a nice job with this ale. Over all I'm giving this Christmas Ale a 4.25 out of 5.

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Photo of Michael-GT
4.38/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Great looking beer. Pours a medium brown with a fluffy head.

Smell: Smells slightly hoppy.

Taste: amazing. I look forward to this during the winter season.

Feel: Medium-light mouthfeel with average carbonation.

Overall: great beer. I always look forward to drinking this. I wish I'd have hoarded away a few 6 packs of this for the summer.

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Photo of Matt2509
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living a mile away from Great Lakes it's hard to find a Christmas Ale better than GL's. This beer may have done just that.

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Photo of JerryT
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a wonderful Christmas Ale. Beautiful color and foamy head, with a warm, delightful bready flavor. Sweet, smooth and flavorful.

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Photo of ZacCary
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I personally love this seasonal ale. My local liquor store had a few extra bottles, lucky for me!

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Photo of Frosty80
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours light brown. sits deep copper with garnet highlights

Smell: light, crisp, fruity and malty. light melanoidins

Taste: malty sweet with light melanoidins/bready flavor. hint of alcohol middle to end. finish is clean, crisp, slightly sweet and bready with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light to light-medium. low carbonation

Notes: delicious, light, crisp, sweet beer. i was surprised to see it defined as a winter warmer. fits the traditional bock mold in my opinion

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Photo of GregoriousMaximus34
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty! It is full of spices and excellent during the winter time.

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Photo of chilidog
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this Christmas day in a mini-keg, thanks you breckenridge for that option. We have a mini-keg tap system and for the first time, we had a Christmas ale on tap at home. Let's see the in-laws do that!
The beer was good. Sweet malts, holiday spice with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Brown sugars sweetened things as toasted malts carried the load.
Hop carried a mild notice at the finish.
Mouth is coated with buttered toasty malts.
Overall a good Christmas brew, it did the job for the family and me, tis the season.

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Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 32.8% out of 100 with 1,081 ratings
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