Goose Island Christmas Ale

At dinner (dad made roast beef) I split half a bottle with my dad. I recall he said he liked it. I had my mom try a sip as well and I wasn't sure what to expect, though I was leaning towards her finding it bitter. Surprisingly, she didn't think it was bitter at all and liked the taste of it.

I wrote: "Goose Island Christmas Ale. I don't know how to describe it. It certainly smells good and tastes great. I was expecting more spices. Regardless, it is well-balanced. Actually, I remember when I first sipped it. It was more like a brown ale. But then near the end of the tasting, it was more like a pale ale." 7:24PM PT

Later, I had two friends over and split my second and only other bottle of Goose Island Christmas Ale into three portions.

I wrote: "Goose Island Christmas Ale. Oh the smell is something like nutmeg. Floral perfume. Sweet smelling. Oh maybe caramel. When its warm its taste is spicier. It still tastes delicious even when warm, unlike many other beers which have a stronger taste, but are unbearable when warm." 11:19PM PT


Goose Island Christmas Ale

Relevant Links:
Christmas Ale (Goose Island Website)
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Website Information:
Christmas Ale

Brewer's Notes:
Every year to celebrate the holiday season, we brew up our Christmas Ale, and with each year we change the recipe slightly so that you have something special to look forward to.

Recipe Information:
Style: Brown Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 7.3
International Bitterness Units: Change year to year
Color: Chocolate
Hops: Change year to year
Malt: Pale, Munich, Caramel

Serving Suggestions:
Preferred Glass: Nonic
Food Pairings: Ham, Turkey, Lamb
Cheese Pairings: Aged Gouda, Dry Jack
Cellaring Notes: 180 days
Seasonal (November - December)
Bottles: 6, 12 & 24pks
Draft: 1/6 & 1/2bbl

World Beer Cup Recognition:
Judging Category: American Brown Ale
2010: Bronze Medal

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