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Trip to the Fridge: Goose Island Christmas Ale 2009

January 3, 2010

We saw the Goose Island Christmas Ale 2009 a few weeks ago at our local QFC.  Being in the Christmas spirit we decided to buy a bottle despite it’s $8.99 price tag. Lush C didn’t like it, but I did.  I thought it was  a decent brown ale, a little dry and not as smooth as I prefer.  I couldn’t say that it  was one our favorite winter beers of the season.  Perhaps it needed a little more aging, as the bottle states it can age for up to five years.

Brewmasters 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. Traditionally, our Christmas Ale is a complex brown ale that develops well in the bottle for up to five years.

Website Description:

Style: Brown Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 5.7
International Bitterness Units: Change year to year
Color: Chocolate
Hops: Change year to year
Malt: Pale, Extra Special Briess, Dark

Good Beer Trips Description:

Color: Amber Brown
Clarity: Clear
Head: Cream colored and bubbly.
Aroma: Sweet,malty, and a hint of hops
Body: Medium Bodied, fairly well carbonated
Flavor: very malty, hint of grain, nut, and spice
Finish: Dry, bitter hop and malt flavor.

Consensus: Try it if you don’t mind the price.

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FTC Information: Good Beer Trips is not affiliated with Goose Island Brewing. The beer reviewed was purchased by Good Beer Trips.

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