Christmas Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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80
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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 zac16125
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass
2015 Vintage

Full disclosure, I found this buried in my freezer after being there for a few months, not sure how that affected the beer. Took out of freezer a couple weeks ago, so well thawed out!


A: Very hazy, dark copper/brown, decent sized white head, dissipates fairly quickly and leaves only minimal lacing. 3.25

S: Subtle aromas as a whole. Lots of malty characters, caramel is prominent. Not much else to balance out. 3.25

T: Roasty, hebaceous, subtle toffee/caramel. Pretty good but not a lot going on. 3.5

M/D: Fuller bodied, carbonation on the higher end but not bad, drinkability is average. 3.25

O: Its ok, worth a try but not something I would probably get again. Although maybe I should give it a try fresh (and sans freezing experiment). 3.5

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

Photo of joe12pk
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nope

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Photo of PhillyB
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this beer on sale several months after Christmas 2015. A good purchase if I do say so myself.

Look: Dark reddish brown with a thin tan head.

Smell: Dark dried fruits, malt. Quite sweet smelling.

Taste: Similar to smell, not quite as sweet with a lingering finish.

Feel: Slightly richer than a standard ale, almost chewy but not creamy.

Overall: A slightly heavier ale that does as it describes. Warms you in the colder weather, but can also be refreshing in warmer climes.

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Photo of cdm1313
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruby copper hue with barely any head, disappointing but the color is beautiful. Aroma and flavors are Christmas desserts: malty fruit cake, cookies, plum pudding. Slightly disappointing mouthfeel...but the flavors are nice and drinkable and the alcohol is hidden, making it easy to enjoy multiple when family is ruining your holiday vibe ;)

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Photo of duceswild
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Superbowl special. This one is especially appropriate on this night as it's blustery and nasty out.

The BB Christmas Ale pours a beautiful toffee caramel chocolate body, almost fading from one color to another as it forms. The head is nice and porous, creme brule colored, and leaves rings.

Lots of yeast out front, with Christmas time spices including nutmeg, allspice, gingerbread, and cinnamon. There's a distinct citrus note fused with orange scrapings and hop sharpness that pokes right through to keep it a bit hoppy. The yeast is still a contender though, finishing out the aroma strong just as it started.

The flavor delivers on the yeast but only in a two dimensional way, giving off a sort of mineral water character. This is followed by citrus and roasted amber malts, eventually morphing into a short of chalky, powdery flavor. Overall it lacks punch and lasting enjoyment.

Feel is heavily carbonated, a touch dry, and ends pasty.

Overall the Christmas Ale isn't bad, but it isn't good either. I wouldn't revisit it again unless some friends were passing them out.

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Photo of h4ger
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeschaefer
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ccryder
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brett606
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerjamin_Hutchins
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MidwestBA
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of milesweaver
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skyjmpr
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alarmclock314
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. Pours hazy amber with a large sized off-white head; some lacing. Smells of piney hops, ginger, clove, and caramel; medium intensity. The taste follows exactly with some mild dryness; below average intensity. Average carbonation and below average body. Overall, it's a solid Winter Warmer, but could use bolder flavors and more malt.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
2.67/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

No spice. No bitterness. Just malty goodness that gets better as it warms.

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Photo of JSigsbach
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not coming back for this one. Only thing that makes this a Christmas offering is the label.

Appearance: Brown bottle; Direct pour Sam Adams tulip. Amber with orange/ pumpkin tones reminiscent of fall offerings.
Aroma: Very hoppy, very citrusy.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied but a little fizzy
Aftertaste: Citrusy, slightly hot/boozy with bitter finish; NO "caramel" or "chocolate" tones as advertised and not sure if this is label mind trick
Overall: Well made but nothing at all special as a holiday offering and a little disapointing from a fine brewery. Only thing remeniscent of a "good fire" is the hot imbalance.

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Photo of Abrahaam
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GreatStoutman
2.59/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Decent winter beer and I can appreciate them toning down the spices on this one, but I found it very bland. Thin body, light on smell and not much else going on. The alcohol is nicely hidden, but not a whole lot good to say about this.

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Photo of UniversalIPA_69
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of PatrickCT
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of donhenn
4.54/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as heavy as it looks. Great desert beer. Very smooth.

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