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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Photo of fatstan
1/5  rDev -71.6%

Photo of BigPauly
1.42/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1

Ok, the label says malty...instead it should say hoppy. Almost no malty flavor comes through, typical overhopped craft type millennial beer. Nasty. Malty should have flavors of caramel, chocolate etc... instead this tastes like green grass. Actually you can smell the hops as you lift the glass. Probably wind up pouring the 5 other bottles in the sink. Won’t buy again.

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Photo of 59rockabilly
1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of cleve1212
1.5/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of XenonX
1.6/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is very nice, caramel in color. Looks to be a nice heavy ale. Very citrus hoppy smell. Taste, Lemon pledge mixed with hairspray...almost synthetic . Mouthfeel is full however and actually a little pleasant! Overall however, I really tried to get through the entire bottle. Alas, I had to cast the last third to the polluted depths of the lake that caught on fire to be with its kind. I am not a fan.

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Photo of AJmon13
1.81/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bland and forgettable. A variety of more complex and better tasting Christmas Ales exist in droves.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Your basic Christmas ale nothing special but drinkable

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Photo of Mangstarr
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of maryd837
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of icecubeeater
2/5  rDev -43.2%

maybe I'm just uncultured but it tastes like a christmas tree

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Photo of tmars13
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of bonertime98
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of Twig2848
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of Revenant
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of jrob21
2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of rgille2
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of Jesse13713
2.04/5  rDev -42%

Photo of kodylmorse
2.07/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of kbnooshay
2.07/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Saw a lot of breckenridge stuff at the beer store the other day. Newly distributed to the area. Heard nothing about them but risked it and picked up a six pack of this. MISTAKE!!! DO YOUR RESEARCH FIRST BOY!

Poured a clear amber brown color with a 1 finger width beige colored head. Aroma is corny and grainy with some gross off taste. Pretty much a macro lager. Taste is slightly better as there are some hops to at least attempt to knock out the light barf flavor.

The only good thing about this beer (i suppose, if you wan to get drunk) would be the alcohol content at 7.4. Besides that yuck! Alcohol is warming to the belly. Feel is slick and slightly tingly from the moderate amount of carbonation.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.13/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed 12-17-03

Standard brown 12 oz bottle with a BARELY notched label indicating bottled on Month 10, Week 2. I’ve said it before, I don’t care for the Month/Week, give me Month/Year please.
Aroma 4: Slightly musty/stale malt nose with a hint of pine hops. Mild bouquet.
Appearance 2.5: A very rough pour produced a good finger of cream-colored head of large bubbles. Head topped a very clear deep amber/brown glass with blond edges. Head settled down to a light coat, but impressive lacing.
Flavor 2.5: That stale perception lasted into the beer. The taste is pretty mild (bland is too harsh) but well balanced. Starts a bit sweet, ends a bit bitter, with some mild spices in the middle. Has a bit of a bitter linger in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel 2.5: Very flat light bodied beer.
Overall Impression 3: Take Anchor’s Christmas Ale, water it way down. The character is about right, just not enough body or volume (taste) to make me feel like Santa. Not a bad beer, just not making my Christmas wish list.

Re-reviewed 12-14-05

Bottle Inspection: Attractive label devoid of any useful information. No abv %, no ingredients, no serving or storage suggestions, nothing. Places for a month and week to be notched, but no notch. Why can’t they just tell me what year and month? I don’t need to know the week. Sigh.

Aroma 2.5: A porter like nose, some what I’m guessing are Fuggles hops, heavy alcohol note that seems a bit “boozy”, and mild plum malt notes. As it warmed, a little DMS comes out that isn’t fun at all.

Appearance 2.5: Clear ruby brown glass with a trace cover of a tan collar. Not enough head to get a good look at color, but some modest lacing.

Flavor 2: Alcohol isn’t very well hidden. The beer does come off as fairly well balanced with a tip toward the sweet malt. Some mild spices are noted as well. All in all, all the flavors are very mild, but given the alcohol kick, it all comes off a little perfumed.

Mouthfeel 2: Medium body, slightly oily in texture, slow drying finish.

Overall Impression 1: Bah humbug. Just didn’t lift my spirits. The flavor is too mild, the alcohol too pronounced, the spices too subtle. I’d recommend looking into what ever is causing the DMS, changing the hop schedule to add some more AA’s, maybe caramelizing the wort a bit to it some depth, heck, go wild, this one needs a real retool.

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Photo of dorf
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of BB1313
2.34/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

I was not too impressed with this one although the bottle design is very festive. It pours a ruby brown color. The smell is very faint and not much going on in that department. The taste is unimpressive in the sense if I was blindfolded I might think I'm drinking a Bud. Uh-oh! At 7.4 the alcohol is well hidden. Overall I would pass on this one. There are too many limited Xmas beers to try over this one.

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Photo of dude
2.35/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a chestnut brown, clear without suspension. There's yeast in there though I can smell 'em, along with roasted coffee beans and a metallic quality also. Aluminum foil? Taste is not of aluminum but of black coffee, unsweetened chocolate and some caramel sweetness. There's also a peppery hop presence, but overall this one is bitter much like a porter. Wait is this a porter? Mouthfeel is on the watery side, so I'm guessing the body is thinned out with some adjuncts. Not a bad thing necessarily, and I can't taste them anyway unless they burned them first. I mean roasted them, yes it has a strong roasted malt character through and through. Finish is bitter, dry and bitter. I won't seek this one out in the future, but I will purchase said beer again on the $1.99 discount rack if the situation arises. It is warming me this winter with 7.4% abv after all.

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Photo of shanegatter
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Doesn't taste like an Xmas ale, too bitter and no spice taste

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Photo of tavernjef
2.39/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark coppery color thats clear and bold with a finger high cap of softly lumped dark ivory. Resides to keep a bubbly collaring and the lace is stretched-thinner-then-thin in a sheeting effect along with some tiny dotting.

Aroma is of a dry wood, slight ginger, and rosemary-like musk and a bit of cooked vegetables; seemingly quite light and takes a good wiff in to get it.

Flavors insist on following the smell; why oh why? Its light and pale, bordering a boring and very understated taste. Quickly sweet, wiped away by a strange woodish mint thing and the continued vegetable musk. It does remind me alot of deep-fried mushroom appetizers, and that is not something I want to find in a seasonal winter ale.

Feel is close to medium approaching thin, definately empty and nearly depleted of anything that would perhaps help this concoction. No sir, I didn't like it.

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