Christmas Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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80
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Christmas AleChristmas Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,081
Reviews:
418
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
173
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,081 |  Reviews: 418
Photo of 88caprice
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Orange-tinged, dark amber. Nice creamy head that stays and sticks to the glass.
Smells like caramelized roasted malts and dark sugar. Maybe some dried fruit.
Tastes big and malty. Sweet, but not syrupy. Like a sticky copper kettle. A slight spicy zing.
Body is full, a little chewy. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol presence.

Very nice.

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Photo of Octoberist
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of keng1343
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Roby923
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber in color. Plenty of toffee, chocolate malts with hints of licorice. Lighter on the hops. Very smooth taste. Higher in ABV. Bottled from Total in Bmore.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Despite the low rating this has received, I really enjoy this as a winter beer. Enjoyed day after Christmas Day 2016 in Littleton, CO. It's an above average winter, but I would drink it again. Taste of lots of caramel and a little spice.

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Photo of Zaktcc
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jelitikasez
4.75/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Definitely my favorite Christmas beer ever, one of my favorite beers ever.

Sweet and spicy, but no candy cough syrup thing going on.
Silky mouth feel, pleasant weight.

Beautiful rich amber tangerine color.

NOT: Dry, sparkling, light or citrusy. This, for me, is a good thing.

This will not be everyone's thing, but I really love it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I swear, I reviewed this from a 5L mini-keg (CAN) at one point, but either I never transcribed my tasting notes or something went afoul on here. No matter. Today is Merry New Christmas Beer Sunday (Week 618) & I am spending my morning unwrapping (or at least opening) as many Christmas beers as possible before my 1140 departure. I bought some nice presents for myself as a B&N employee during the 40% (!) off employee appreciation period & I am perusing "1001 Beers to Try Before You Die" as part of today's imbibing.

From the bottle: "Plenty of good cheer [...] Good friends ever near".

I had to do a little redding up, as I may have a guest over this afternoon, which allowed me to take my foot off of the gas for a moment. In Pop!ping the cap on this one, I was able to exercise some restraint on the pour, but I still got a one finger head of sandy/light-ecru head with modest retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity & deep Amber highlights. Nose was more chocolaty than spicy, but a theme was certainly beginning to develop here. Where Pumpkin Ales tend to be highly spicy, these Christmas beers seem to be more bready, chocolaty and with just a tinge of spice. My recipe called for dry Italian Dressing mix or I was going to use some spiced beer in the crock pot. I may try the recipe again, sans any dressing mixes and use a dark Holiday ale instead. Once again, I digress. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was more muted than in the previous beers in terms of its spice and chocolate characteristics, but instead, I was getting a more pronounced fruitiness, especially of sweet cherries (!). Finish was semi-sweet, not really my bag. I guess that they cannot all be winners.

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Photo of Branlott42
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Griffin2
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - Poured a reddish brown with minimal white head.
S - Smells of Matt and spices.
T - Taste matches the smell.
F - Moderately carbonated.
O - Decent Christmas ale.

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Photo of ANIMOUL
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliant looking beer. Tastes of raisins, chocolate, and caramel... maybe not in that order. Definitely reminds me of Christmas, albeit a slightly dysfunctional one. Different... sort of. Try it.

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Photo of tdm168
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SStein
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robgage
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Turbo
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ehmdubya
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good, but not great.
Well-balanced.
Prominent spices in the nose. Nice malty taste in which hops and spices stay in background. Finishes bubbly.

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Photo of Suds
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chestnut brown color with a medium-sized off-white head, this is a nice-looking beer. The aroma has some malt, along with a decent scent of mixed spices. The taste is sweet, with dried fruit and serious spice notes. It's spot-on for a Christmas ale...full in body, enjoyable, and just a little warming.

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Photo of dar482
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in deep amber to amber brown color, with a nice hint of clarity.

The aroma offers bit of piney and cabinet spice, toasty notes, mint, caramel sugar, wonderful depth of caramel malts.

The flavor follows with that malty sweetness up front, a bit of dark fruit, onto a cut of spicy and earthy hops on the finish. The beer dries out wonderfully, with a medium lingering aftertaste of more bark and roots, some lingering toasted crust. Mouthfeel is medium, but doesn't offer much depth for a 7.1% beer.

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Photo of Miami66
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chackman151
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer taste like caramel but kinda bland medium color and goes down really smooth great beer for the winter months and that is good drinking to me

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Photo of jw4free
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
3.5 out of 5 based on 1,081 ratings.
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