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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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3/5  rDev -6.3%

djrn2, Jan 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

acurtis, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

metter98, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

kjkinsey, Nov 13, 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
Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev -6.3%

InspectorBob, Apr 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

wrightst, May 05, 2014
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.

superspak, May 17, 2014
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -6.3%

ejimhof, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light khaki, five-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Burnt wood nose, flavor is slightly hoppy spicy and malty. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

jdhilt, Feb 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

tdm168, Dec 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

GraduatedCashew, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

enelson, Nov 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

atlbravsrno1, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Darkmagus82
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a brown- deep amber color with a two finger off white head composed of a rather thick foam. The head has fantastic retention, slowly fading over time, leaving a fantastic level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma has lots of sweeter and hop smells associated with it. The sweet is mostly of a caramel aroma but has some lighter notes of brown sugar and a bit of darker fruits. The hop is almost entirely of a pine nature, but does also have a little bit of an herbal smell as well. Rounding out the aroma are some spices of nutmeg and allspice, overall when mixed with the rest, producing a very festive aroma.

Taste – The taste begins and maintains a rather dry flavor, much different then what the nose would have suggested. It begins with a dry roasted malt taste with just a hint of caramel sweetness. Flavors of some spice and a bit of a toast taste comes to the tongue soon after the initial flavors. Along with these flavors so too comes some pine hop and a bit of a more earthy taste. At the finish, the taste is now quite dry as all the sweeter flavors have largely disappeared, with a little bit of a burnt charred flavor also coming to the tongue. These transitions with the advent of the other changes in the taste, ends up leaving a slightly off, dry, slightly thin, spiced and roasted malt pine flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall it was an alright feel for the drier, burnt, and pine flavors of the brew, but lacked any support of the sweeter flavors, which overall, was what would have likely made the brew much easier drinking.

Overall – For a Christmas brew, this one was a bit to burnt and dry with too thin a body for me. While it had caramel, pine, spice, and roast; the right flavors overall, it lacked the right proportions of the flavors. Worth a try, but not really one I would likely recommend.

Darkmagus82, Nov 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

EgadBananas, Nov 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

BeerForMuscle, Dec 04, 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
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

cdwil, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice translucency. Dark coppery brown with a great big fluffy head of two inches. Soppy topper laces nicely in beige-colored etches.

Patent brown ale maltiness with a softness about it. Lightly spiced, perhaps, with hints of cinnamon and brown sugar. A tad peppery. Soft in roast, also. Faint dark fruitiness to note.

A little more rugged now, with a sturdy roast grain presence, flavors of whole grain cereals, brown sugar, cinnamon toast, and milk chocolate. Almost robust with some pleasant bitterness from kilning. Some roasted apple and oversteeped black tea bag in the finish. Enjoyable.

Drinks with a lightness from the carbonation, as in, slurpy. The body is medium, with some tenderness. Rather smooth.

A decent brown ale and a good representation of a Christmas ale. I regret not having this every year. In fact, I cannot recall when I've last had it.

thecheapies, Dec 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

WDJersey, Nov 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

TX-Badger, Jun 07, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

whatname, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.34/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita Christmas Ale 2013 has a fairly thick, cream-colored crown of foam, a very clear, bubbly, standard brown appearance, and a small amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of of piney hops, grapefruit, and brown bread. Taste is also of those things, with a rather hearty bitterness coming in. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Abita Christmas Ale 2013 finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and easy going. I don't know why they made this year's edition so IPA oriented. It is strange and doesn't seem to fit. It's still pretty good, though.


RonaldTheriot, Nov 19, 2013
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Christmas Ale 2013 from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.