Christmas Ale 2013 - Abita Brewing Co.
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3.68/5 rDev +14.6%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy brown copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice hoppy brown ale. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
05-17-2014 04:39:46 | More by superspak
3.74/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
05-01-2014 16:53:11 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.4/5 rDev +5.9%
A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving some patches on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of spices are present in the nose along with hints of nutty malts.
T: The beer starts out tasting like a nutty brown ale and has of spices towards the finish—ginger seems to stand out in particular.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pretty subdued for being a Christmas Ale, but presents some interesting spice variations to a style that you don't normally see used as the basis for holiday beers.
04-20-2014 01:29:23 | More by metter98
Christmas Ale 2013 from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.