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Christmas Ale 2013 - Abita Brewing Co.

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74
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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 10-25-2013)
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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
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Genec74

Louisiana

2/5  rDev -37.7%

01-09-2014 05:33:30 | More by Genec74
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rwshelton2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

01-09-2014 01:09:57 | More by rwshelton2
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tvia84

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-07-2014 23:14:26 | More by tvia84
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DarrellK

Florida

3/5  rDev -6.5%

01-06-2014 22:40:44 | More by DarrellK
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Kerrie

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

01-06-2014 01:09:02 | More by Kerrie
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -6.5%

01-04-2014 23:42:54 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -6.5%

01-04-2014 23:39:39 | More by acurtis
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Cleaver35

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-04-2014 21:33:51 | More by Cleaver35
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TrojanWheels

California

3/5  rDev -6.5%

01-04-2014 00:13:00 | More by TrojanWheels
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BodiesLexus

New York

3.5/5  rDev +9%

01-03-2014 05:14:00 | More by BodiesLexus
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dorionray

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -6.5%

01-01-2014 23:58:19 | More by dorionray
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rdub

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6.5%

01-01-2014 23:43:29 | More by rdub
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

12-31-2013 23:21:40 | More by Extrajoker00
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GMB

Japan

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
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bobbyc3

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev +9%

12-30-2013 01:17:07 | More by bobbyc3
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BHansen214

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-29-2013 22:05:54 | More by BHansen214
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mre0683

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-27-2013 14:16:01 | More by mre0683
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zbkai189

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +9%

12-27-2013 02:46:48 | More by zbkai189
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59rockabilly

Kansas

4/5  rDev +24.6%

12-26-2013 02:00:28 | More by 59rockabilly
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +9%

12-26-2013 01:39:48 | More by tbryan5
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Cavanaghty

Maine

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
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acashk

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

12-25-2013 06:16:57 | More by acashk
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev +14%

12 oz.

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
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

12-25-2013 00:32:00 | More by Damian74Shensky
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.5%

12-24-2013 13:21:02 | More by bostonryan
Christmas Ale 2013 from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.