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Goose Island Christmas Ale Brewed in Chicago, Illinois

Goose Island Christmas Ale

Every year to celebrate the holiday season, Goose Island brews up our Christmas Ale, and with each year they change the recipe slightly so that you have something special to look forward to. Traditionally, their  Christmas Ale is a complex brown ale that develops well in the bottle for up to five years.

Goose Island Christmas Ale

Beer Review by Beer Advocate:
The beer pours a translucent brown color, kind of auburn when the light shines through, with a thick and wet-surfaced off-white foam. The aroma is just as classic as the label, this smells exactly as I want it to. Not overly spiced but still some gingerbread cookies in the aroma, a solid but muted malty sweetness beneath that, just a hint of hops as well.
It tastes quite nice, all the brown sugar and molasses you normally get from well-done Christmas ales but added with a light hand. This is neutral enough to be inoffensive while providing just enough flavor to satisfy. Sweet up front, gingerbread and "Christmas" flavor in the middle, and a very slight bitterness in the aftertaste.
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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: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 
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