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Christmas Ale 2013 - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.5%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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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5/5  rDev +56.3%

MaddDogg84, Nov 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +32.8%

markallmon, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of FNBBear
4.15/5  rDev +29.7%
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.

FNBBear, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25%

zp6167a, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +25%

fisherbray, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25%

MrMaestoso, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +25%

brandon911, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25%

JustinHendricks, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25%

59rockabilly, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
3.94/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

schoolboy, Dec 01, 2013
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.

tigg924, Dec 12, 2013
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

tdm168, Dec 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

rwshelton2, Jan 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

baklo, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

TonyJ815, Dec 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Extrajoker00, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

mlhenson, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

acashk, Dec 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

CameronC, Dec 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

bicyclesnbeer, Dec 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

ahommell, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.74/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

AlCaponeJunior, May 01, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

sraimondi, Dec 15, 2013
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Christmas Ale 2013 from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.