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Christmas Ale 2013 - Abita Brewing Co.

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Christmas Ale 2013Christmas Ale 2013

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Poured deep dark brown with little head. Has an interesting smell. Slight spice, slight Carmel, but I was a bit confused by the amount of hops used to flavor this brown ale. Not what I was expecting, but If you like IPAs then you will like this could be the winter seasonal for you.

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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.


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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.

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Christmas Ale 2013 from Abita Brewing Co.
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