Christmas Ale 2013 - Abita Brewing Co.

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149 Ratings
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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 10-25-2013)
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Reviews by GMB:
Photo of GMB
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A standard pour of Abita's 2013 Christmas Ale yields a sepia body and mild amount of ecru foam. The head falls too quickly, but does leave a large island of oily, viscous foam. Carbonation is mild. I'm expecting good things.

Pine sap and rum dominate the nose. Grapefruit rind, toasted bread crust, and browned butter are also appreciable.

The beer feels thinner and sharper on the palate that it should do. Bitterness is high, with pine sap, grapefruit rind, ground grapefruit seeds dominating. Walnut shell and toasted bread lurk somewhere in the background. The taste of alcohol really lets this beer down. The ABV isn't terribly high, but there just isn't enough malt presence to balance those acidic esters. More toasted (and perhaps a bit of roasted, chocolate-style) malt would yield some rum-like flavors. As it stands, however, I just taste alcohol and pine. Meh.

Abita's 2013 Christmas Ale isn't even close to the best Christmas Ale, Winter Warmer, Hoppy/Spiced Brown Ale I've had this season. It wasn't bad, but I probably won't revisit this annually changing offering next year.

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

Photo of Lazaro
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of tigg924
3.93/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, dark brownish-orange in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: piney hops, toffee, and chocolate

Taste: milk chocolate, cocoa, pine, and slight toffee

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a bitter end, light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice cocoa and toffee beer that is complemented nicely by the addition of hops. More complex than most Abita Christmas offerings and probably the best one of this series that I have had. I can drink a six of this.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one in trade!

Appearance: Brown with an off white thin head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts and nutty.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of malts and nuts, some hops as well.

Overall: Nothing special, typical brown ale, but it was good.

Photo of possumteeth
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appears deep murky amber brown hue in the body with a light khaki tan head forming tight bubbled head dwindles into some speckled sparse lacing. Aroma has a pleasant hop profile, spicy garlic/onion hints I'm thinking Summit hops right away, it also has a rolling breadiness in the malt department but the hops really jump out of the glass. It's got the same flavor with the spicy hop flavor a bit subdued but definitely offers up vegetal notes of garlic/onion tones with a simple biscuit bready malt profile makes for a nice hoppy session Christmas ale. It transitions with some cocoa notes and pine needles to make for an interesting earthy bready chocolate Xmas ale in my glass. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied ample even flowing carbonation nothing to complain about. Overall I'm glad I tried it unique hoppy Christmas ale is welcome in an ever growing market of honey spiced infused amber high alcohol beers this is a bit against the grain in a good way.

Photo of DarrellK
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, dark, mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Toasty, roasty, malty and bready. Notes of freshly baked dark bread, black pepper, clover and hops. Some notes of caramel and toffee too. Very nice.

Taste: Hoppier than the aroma lets on, considering how malt forward the aromas are. Very floral hops up front, flowed by some black pepper, caramel-like sweetness and some toasted malt, but the predominate flavor is hops, which isn’t my cup of tea. Or glass of beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some pretty good carbonation. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, but maybe a touch too hoppy for my taste. Hop heads should like this though. Regardless, I look forward to the 2014 batch, as according to Abita, each year’s batch of Christmas Ale is different as the recipe changes. Maybe next year’s brew will be more to my liking.

Photo of nhirsch04
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of m0unds
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of whatname
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of aleslover
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of qcbrewer
3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Basoos1
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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Christmas Ale 2013 from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.