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Christmas Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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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:
#40,776
Reviews:
420
Ratings:
1,089
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
3.68
 
 
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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 Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Christmas Ale - Breckenridge Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's got a one 1/2 finger thick light tan mildly porous head, secular yet solid lacing, and rather dark clear amber body. A "nice&toasty" appearance,if you will.


The aroma here is pretty strong with "winter spice". I can't personally place my fingers on what exactly they are, but they compliment the higher abv of this brew.

The taste is pretty identical for the most part. I can also detect a singed caramel attribute, too.

Mouthfeel is slightly thicker and has got a bold alcohol note. Got a snow shovel?hahahaha

Overall a 4.25 for Christmas Ale - Breckenridge Brewery. I copped a case of this this the day my local grocer that's got a decent craft selection got it shipped in, so I'm glad I got a fairly decently fresh six pack. I will probably buy this brew again.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good winter seasonal. Had it on tap at the brewpub with some barbecue and was pretty darn happy. It's a little higher alcohol than some winter beers, but not so much that it knocks you out after one or two. Not as intensely flavored as some others of this style, and a bit subtle, but if that's what you like then give this a try.

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3.72/5  rDev +6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow, brown, and amber in color and has a faint amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that faded away, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of nutty malts and holiday spices are present in the nose—allspice seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste seems to follow the smell, except that there are additional hints of caramel and a slight amount of of bitterness. Hints of sweetness and toffee become noticeable once the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that difficult to drink and has subtle hints of Christmas spices. I wish that the spices could have been stronger, but this might not be a bad choice for people that want subtle hints of spices and not something that is overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 1,089 ratings
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