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Christmas Ale 2013 - Abita Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 153 | Reviews: 24
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.74/5  rDev +16.5%
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 -6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of metter98
3.39/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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2/5  rDev -37.7%

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1/5  rDev -68.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of kaufmaal
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a lovely deep-amber color, with a toasted marshmallow head that's decent in height; nice lacing here and there, especially early on. Malty scent, brown sugar, some vanilla, a hint of pine and coriander. The taste is very flat: woody, burnt cinnamon stick; bitter vanilla extract; minerals. So all of the good, Christmas goodness that was there in the smell was absent from the taste. Light-bodied, nice amount of carbonation, but there's absolutely no sweetness to the taste, which is an unfortunate surprise.

Photo of jdhilt
3.56/5  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.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of HerculesRM
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reddish brown, clear with a thin head. Smells clean, a bit of sweet lemon cookies. Thin mouthfeel. Taste is not overwhelming and includes winter spices (nutmeg, ginger). Hop character is light, with equal parts piney and citrus flavours. Faint strawberry on the back of the tongue. Not as thick and spiced as other winter beers, and therefore more refreshing.
Overall I'd say it's a nice beer, I'd have it again.

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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Christmas Ale 2013 from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.