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Christmas Ale 2013 - Abita Brewing Co.

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 10-25-2013)
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MaddDogg84

Texas

5/5  rDev +55.8%

11-23-2013 01:58:37 | More by MaddDogg84
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markallmon

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

10-26-2013 19:22:40 | More by markallmon
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FNBBear

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not exactly a 'festive' beer. Very good though. I really like it. Carmel or burnt orange in color. Easy to drink if you like IPAs. Kind of a mix between an IPA and a traditional winter beer to be honest. I like it. Definitely a good beer to drink during Christmas here in Florida.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 19:04:53 | More by FNBBear
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zp6167a

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +24.6%

06-13-2014 04:01:10 | More by zp6167a
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fisherbray

Florida

4/5  rDev +24.6%

11-21-2013 03:27:44 | More by fisherbray
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MrMaestoso

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +24.6%

12-16-2013 01:16:29 | More by MrMaestoso
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev +24.6%

10-27-2013 07:01:42 | More by brandon911
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JustinHendricks

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +24.6%

12-15-2013 05:44:58 | More by JustinHendricks
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59rockabilly

Kansas

4/5  rDev +24.6%

12-26-2013 02:00:28 | More by 59rockabilly
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I've always felt they were competent brewers, I was never a huge Abita fan. I'm not sure why. But in this Christmas Ale, I think they have made a sensible drink. It is a lot less up-side-your-head in spice, alcohol, etc. than most "Christmas" drinks, and thus refreshing. In fact, it makes me like this style (brown ale) again.

It opens with nothing too notable - not really clear, pretty, overly fine head - just OK. The aroma is a pleasant malty affair, but subtle.

The taste is a great balance of malt and hops with the faintest yeast undertone. It may be a bit too understated for an American style, but it is refreshingly restrained, and after a holiday weekend of imbibing, it's nice to have an easy, flavorful drink. The aftertaste is full and sweet, but not too much so - the same restraint.

This is a nicely different brew that deserves your attention and a repeat drink from me.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 22:03:14 | More by schoolboy
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 18:33:43 | More by tigg924
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 04:43:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

12-06-2013 01:26:28 | More by tdm168
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

12-25-2013 00:32:00 | More by Damian74Shensky
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rwshelton2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

01-09-2014 01:09:57 | More by rwshelton2
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baklo

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

12-21-2013 12:50:21 | More by baklo
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TonyJ815

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

12-04-2013 17:16:27 | More by TonyJ815
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

12-31-2013 23:21:40 | More by Extrajoker00
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mlhenson

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

12-01-2013 06:42:22 | More by mlhenson
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acashk

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

12-25-2013 06:16:57 | More by acashk
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CameronC

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

12-10-2013 04:11:11 | More by CameronC
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bicyclesnbeer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

12-10-2013 05:39:15 | More by bicyclesnbeer
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ahommell

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

01-11-2014 06:15:50 | More by ahommell
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice auburn color with tinges of red, mostly clear, with a pretty good head and a little nice lace.

Aroma and taste are spicy and malty, some caramel malt and biscuit, with a touch of hoppiness.

Body is medium and carbonation is nicely crispy.

Overall I find this an enjoyable christmas ale. I'll have to try it again next year when it comes out again.

I'm a bit wondering why this is listed as a brown ale and not a spiced ale, which would probably be a more appropriate category.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 16:53:11 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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sraimondi

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this one quite enjoyable. A nice use of hops (including, probably lower Alpha acid West Coast and some English). One of the better offerings from this brewery, which turns out mostly good, affordable beers. Aside for the color, I'm doubtful that this one meets the BJCP guidelines for an American Brown Ale, closer to an IPA, IMO. Anyway, a good value at under $10.00 a sixer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 19:16:57 | More by sraimondi
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Christmas Ale 2013 from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.