Christmas Ale 2013 - Abita Brewing Co.
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3.18/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
12-31-2013 22:45:57 | More by GMB
3.08/5 rDev -4%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thank you shan8454 for this one in trade!
Appearance: Brown with an off white thin head. No lacing on the glass.
Smell: Malts and nutty.
Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of malts and nuts, some hops as well.
Overall: Nothing special, typical brown ale, but it was good.
12-25-2013 15:39:14 | More by Cavanaghty
3.66/5 rDev +14%
Pours caramel brown. Off-white film for a head.
Smells of caramel malts and light pine hops. Some biscuit and brown sugar too.
Brown sugar and woody malt with a tinge of dry hop bitterness.
Medium to full body with stinging carbonation on the tongue.
A pretty decent ale, good aroma and nice body, goes down easy enough. The taste is a little bland, but other than that nothing to complain about. Worth trying.
12-25-2013 02:04:48 | More by Cylinsier
Christmas Ale 2013 from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.