Breckenridge Christmas Ale

Breckenridge Christmas Ale

Rated 3.432 by BeerPals

Brewed by Breckenridge Brewery

Littleton, CO, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

7.4% Alcohol by Volume

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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.

ID: 1417 Last updated 6 months ago Added to database 21 years ago

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Overall Rank4598
Overall Percentile90.6
Style Rank157 of 731
Style Percentile78.5
Lowest Score2.5
Highest Score4.0
Average Score3.474
Weighted Score3.432
Standard Deviation0.384

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  • RICHSBEER 1731 reviews
    rated 3.6 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    pours a dark orange amber color with a small bubbly white head which didn't last long at all. The aroma was of sour fruit, with a bit of alcohol if you got up close. A very small touch of sweetness. the taste was sweet to finish, but started off with very mild and well balanced. A hint of spice, but also traces of a chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium body, smooth, with the right amount of carbonation.

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 3.1 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Dark color,poured a tight top foam.Not really crazy about this style.Seems like an Ok beer, i could not drink a six pack of this stuff.Will pass if im paying in the future.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 2.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    Yuck...garbage.....one of the worst winter warmers I've ever had. A dark brown pour with reddish edges and a tan head. Aroma is overly sweet with caramel and sugar (where's the chocolate written on the side of the case?). Flavour is not very well balanced, starts off sweet with caramel, and ends even sweeter. One was enough, and it was hard to give the rest away. This is beer for the homeless!

  • JBROWNING 117 reviews
    rated 3.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I love Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter, so I thought it would be nice to try this holiday ale due to my love of Christmas and holiday brews. The beer had great deep color and a nice beige creamy head. The aroma was roasty and nutty with hints of dark fruit and wood. The mouthfeel was thin and clean, not a thick hearty brew like I had expected. The taste was flat without the rich nuttiness and spices I have come to expect from holiday beers. Overall, this beer was good, but I feel it was more like a nut brown than a seasonal holiday beer.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Not sure if it's the late night buzz, but I am finding this beer pretty solid. Was actually expecting less based on my other Breck samples. After looking at my ratings, thought it woulda been closer to lower to mid 3's, but 3.8 is about where this is at. Has the potential to be a bit more. Some of the characteristics like flavor and overall may be high 7's, but had to round up here...as this beer deserves it. Has some peachy/apricot flavors. Reminds me of a maltier, spicier Magic Hat #9. Decent hop finish too. Could use some more carbonation for the body and head, but would possibly give up some of the smoothness that way. Missed this one during the holiday season, but picked a single up half price on clearance. Worth the try, and will look for a fresh one next Xmas season.

  • SHREWS824 218 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Amber/red color. Clear. Orange highlights aorund the bottom. Small off white head even with an agressive pour. Not much retention or lacing either. Its got that Christmas smell of ginger and nutmeg. Some cinnamon and brown sugar, but both seem to be secondary aromas. Some caramel malts are involved also. The taste provided the gingerbread, nutmeg and cinnamon. However, I obtained a sweet fruitiness. Something like orange peel and peaches. Not much bitterness is detectable. The caramel taste was pushed to the background also. Medium mouthfeel. Leaving some alcohol warmth behind. Aftertaste of the ginger. It's realatively smooth, but a wee bit watery. Thought it might be dryer. Coats the palate in an ok way. This is a pretty tasty "Christmas" beer. Not bad and worth a try. Not overly sweet as some can be. Pretty solid. Might have to watch out with the high ABV however.

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    A mahogany colored beer with a small soapy textured, off white head rising briefly above. The lacing left behind is the hightlight of the appearance. Gentle sticky film on the sides of the glass and a small ringlet atop the body. Let this one warm, it gets better as it does. Light nose of biscuit and spices. The same sweet malty-biscuit and spices are in the tasting. A light to light medium body, decent carbonation and fairly smooth.

  • CYBERCAT 10950 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a translucent dark mahogany with a fine-bubbled beige head. Aroma is spicy - mainly cinnamon - and somewhat malty. Mouth-filling flavor is spicy, mostly cinnamon and cloves, with a fruity undertone and a hint of spicy hard candy. Texture is rough, lively and tingly.

  • FARGINGBASTIGE6 1476 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Deep ruby red with a thick rich head... wow, how'd they do that!? A great blend of spices, flavor, malt, hops with a really fine texture. Sweet, but not too sweet - a real pleasure. I'm enjoying the Christmas brews this year - thanks to our "Free the Hops" campaign in Alabama. Cheers!

  • ALEFAN 118 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    This was a nice cvery spiced ale. I was almost thinking that it was a red ale. Very thick and crunchy. Nice flavor and color. Very amber and great lacing. I dont like holiday ales due to the spices that are brewed into it. I was excited and hope to find this in Hawaii. It was a gift from Colorado.

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