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Christmas Ale 2013 - Abita Brewing Co.

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75
okay

147 Ratings
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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%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

Extrajoker00, Dec 31, 2013
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3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A standard pour of Abita's 2013 Christmas Ale yields a sepia body and mild amount of ecru foam. The head falls too quickly, but does leave a large island of oily, viscous foam. Carbonation is mild. I'm expecting good things.

Pine sap and rum dominate the nose. Grapefruit rind, toasted bread crust, and browned butter are also appreciable.

The beer feels thinner and sharper on the palate that it should do. Bitterness is high, with pine sap, grapefruit rind, ground grapefruit seeds dominating. Walnut shell and toasted bread lurk somewhere in the background. The taste of alcohol really lets this beer down. The ABV isn't terribly high, but there just isn't enough malt presence to balance those acidic esters. More toasted (and perhaps a bit of roasted, chocolate-style) malt would yield some rum-like flavors. As it stands, however, I just taste alcohol and pine. Meh.

Abita's 2013 Christmas Ale isn't even close to the best Christmas Ale, Winter Warmer, Hoppy/Spiced Brown Ale I've had this season. It wasn't bad, but I probably won't revisit this annually changing offering next year.

GMB, Dec 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

bobbyc3, Dec 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

BHansen214, Dec 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

mre0683, Dec 27, 2013
Christmas Ale 2013 from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.