Christmas Ale 2013 - Abita Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 23
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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Photo of patre_tim
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark wood stain brown, very, very, very highly carbonated, 3 fingers of beige foamy head, leaving an avalanche of a lacing.


S: Citrus hops surprise me at first as I wasn’t expecting them, chocolate, molasses, orange peel. Christmas in a glass!



T: Cocoa, chocolate, orange, caramel, some Christmas spices. Nutmeg.


M: Medium thick foamy body. Smooth with a burnt bitter finish.


O: Seems like a spiced up brown ale to me. Got it in Frankenmuth, MI this summer, drank in Kunming, China on Boxing Day, 2014.

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.4/5  rDev +6.2%

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3.12/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -29.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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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.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

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4/5  rDev +25%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

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Christmas Ale 2013 from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.