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Christmas Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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3.51/5
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1,101 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#41,017
Reviews:
422
Ratings:
1,101
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
178
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,101 |  Reviews: 422
Photo of dar482
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chackman151
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KLHBB
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bitter taste of barrel-aged. Pours a dark brown, I wish it was sweeter. Rich velvety texture, overall good but I know I prefer others. Big alcohol taste and punch.

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Photo of ZachyZach
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbl_delta
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a dark honey-amber with a moderate off-white head. Initial impression is spiced caramel with maybe some dark fruits - kind of like the Christmas fruit cake that you never get around to eating but throw out in February. Medium-thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Alcohol isn't particularly well hidden. Slightly bitter finish. Not one of BB's better efforts.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is caramel malts, spices and slightly musty. The flavor is caramel malts, Christmas cookie spices, slight fruit an a mildly sweet/mostly smooth finish.

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Photo of nyrblue2
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HermitDan
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stebbi7833
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cmoore32
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jahbless
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Middle of the road; nothing spectacular but nothing offensive either. Smooth, easy to drink.

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Photo of RBuckley73
3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iridius
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of brocktune
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MrsSpills
5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of zac16125
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joe12pk
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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 +15.1%
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 +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 1,101 ratings
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