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Christmas Ale 2004 - Abita Brewing Co.

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Christmas Ale 2004Christmas Ale 2004

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BA SCORE
81
good

13 Ratings
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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gagnonsux on 11-14-2004)
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Reviews by beerceller99:
Photo of beerceller99
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%

12 oz. bottle pours a clear amber hue with an off white head. Nice malty, yeasty sweet bread smell. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Has a tasty sweet malt and grain flavor, mildly hopped .Finishes slightly bitter. A very smooth, easy drinking brew.

beerceller99, Jan 04, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +14%

Appearance – This winter time special is dark, reddish-brown in color with a nice head that showed great retention and laced the hell out of my pint glass. I mean to tell you, even as I drank this down the head stayed and filmed the glass. This one was just gorgeous.

Smell – This nose is nicely balanced with some citrus hops, a strong malty base, and a good nut character. I’m not picking up much dark spicing like in a lot of Christmas releases, but this really doesn’t need it.

Taste – The nutty malts dominate at the taste. There’s some light sugar cane to sweeten things up. The hops are zesty and very laid back.

Mouthfeel – This one is a solid medium-bodied with very light carbonation and a smooth, pleasing mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is by far my favorite of the Abita line that I’ve had to date. It’s got some great flavors, goes down smoothly, and plays perfectly into the Christmas time theme.

Comments – Hey, a big well-deserved thanks goes out to BigLove for sending me this gem from Louisiana.

RoyalT, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%

Pours from the stubby brown bottle a dark reddish brown color with a small big bubbly off white head on top. Caramel and toffee along with some fruit tones (grape, strawberry) are the main components of the aroma. Fairly subdued and it doesn't really do much for me.

First sip is a crisp pale maltiness with a nice mix of caramel, toffee, nuts and roasted grains. I get a hint of herbal hops on the way down that provides a slight bitterness along with a touch of spice. I was expecting more from a Christmas Ale...this seems more like an average amber ale.

Mouthfeel has a nice medium body and full carbonation. Sits in the mouth nicely and goes down easily. Not a bad beer..but just a tad boring. Still, it is quite drinkable...it just lacks the characteristics to bring me back for more.

orbitalr0x, May 22, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

served in a white wine glass

A- a copper brown color with a thin tan head and gentle carbonation rising in the glass

S- very strong biscuit maltyness no hops aroma that I can tell

T- strong biscuit malt with a caramel taste on top. The hop bitterness is present but it is pretty muted by the malt. No alcohol warmth either. Very smooth finish.

M- slippery mouthfeel with no tartness or alcohol warmth

D- This beer is a little one dimensional and I think it is just passed its prime. I will have to try another one that is more fresh and perhaps the hops will better balance the malty. But for a Christmas ale I really expected a little alcohol warmth if hops are going balance the malt.

rhoadsrage, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%

Nice orange-honey colour, hazy, with a one finger tan head that disapates at a decent rate. No real lace left behind.

Smell is malt, oranges, spice. There's a hint of cinnamon and ginger.

Taste is a bit woody and dry. There's some spice here, but lotsa wood.

Mouthfeel is strange- rough with a bit too much carbonation.

Would be more drinkable if it could grab the attention a bit more.

Be well
-UF

UncleFlip, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

JamLand, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%

Appearance: Clear reddish brown color, with a moderate off-white head, which retains well with patchy lacing.

Aroma: Caramel notes with a lot of spices, ginger and cinnamon, as well as fruit notes.

Taste: Sweet light caramel at the open with spicy and bread notes soon following. The taste draws to a close with light fruit, nuts, and a slight medicinal bitterness. The finish is a bit dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth, quite pleasant, with a bit of carbonation sting.

Drinkability/notes: A solid seasonal beer, quite good, and without ideosyncracies that might put some off.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of WTexas
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%

Had two pints of this brew on tap at Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans. Appeared a dark amber to brown color (sorry, this bar isn't very well lit) with a clean white head. Displayed a hint of malt but an absence of spices in the initial sniff. Had a pleasant, craft brew, taste which encouraged further sampling. Medium carbonation with little to no alcohol taste. Not as hearty or flavorful as some other Christmas beers, but an adequate draft offering for the holidays.

WTexas, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%

poured a deep-color color with large puffy long-lasting white head. Smell is of nuts and malt. Can taste the nuttiness with a slight sweetness and at ligh malt background. Left a pleasnt dry taste in the mouth. Christams in June with the temperature at 90 degrees? What the heck, it tasted good.

tgbljb, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

A small tan head dies fast, leaving a nice, clear, polished red-brown beer. Chocolate and strawberries dominate the nose. Chocolate and milk appear in the front, with fruit developing through the somewhat watery middle. There are strawberries and nuts in the bitter finish. Not bad. It's nicely nutty, fruity and bitter. Not as overwhelmingly peanutty as other Abita beers.

kbub6f, Feb 02, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%

Lucky find yesterday at Cable Beverage... never thought I'd come across this here in NY.

Served in a Duvel tulip at approaching cellar temperature.

Appearance- The beer is glowing red as I fill the glass... clear with the slightest bit of haze, a light beige inch-thich head graces the surface. Moderate, spotty lacing.

Smell- Mmmm... vanilla, cream, a touch of nutmeg, and sweet dark fruits mingle in the glass. Notes of imported chocolate. The malts are beautiful here, in perfect balance with the gentle but bright spices. Really good.

Taste- The malts, thin and not at all complex, give way in the middle to the spices that seem too reserved and hidden relative to the nose. The finish is so quick that it leaves almost nothing behind... amazing for a winter seasonal. A truly mild hop bitterness zips away lightning-fast, leaving the mouth slightly dry but without the usual desire for a next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A bit thin and the carbonation is weak for the style... somewhere in the middle, the beer simply flattens and goes straight down the gullet without fanfare. This beer is an anomaly for sure... a Christmas ale that exhibits some great, full aromas like a cold weather brew should, but drinks like an average amber ale. Weird... but pretty good.

yelterdow, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%

Appearance: Clear reddish caramel color with about a half inch of tan foam at first pour. The foam was made up of medium sized bubbles, and lasted for a minute or so. There are only a few bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: I get some oxidation here that gives it a sherry like nose. There is some spiciness to this beer also. There is a pretty noticeable roasty component to this beer also that gives it a bit of a nutty aroma.

Taste: The roast is a lot bigger player in the flavor as the aroma. There is a bit of sweet caramel in here with some toasty notes to go along with the nutty presence that you get in the aroma. There is a bit of alcohol to this beer, as I feel a definite warming in the back of the throat when this beer gets finished.

Opinion: Well, I guess that this is meant to be a bit more of an Old Ale as an Amber Ale. The hoppiness is super reserved, and only has a bit of bittering that is noticeable to me. The beer is nutty as heck. It's not bad, but it's one that I would rather try at the brewery to make sure that I am getting a fresh example. I am not sure that the date really is for the 2004, but I made this assumption.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%

My first winter seasonal of 2004. Christmas Ale pours a dark reddish-amber with average, off-white head. Smell is moderately malty, with touch of hops and maybe just a hint of spice aroma. Taste is nicely balanced, but isn't highly exciting. Sip is initially sweet, becomes more hoppy and balanced in the middle, and ends with a nice lingering sweetness. This has very good drinkability, nothing here is too filling or overpowering. Overall: A solid beer, but nothing stands out to make this great.

Gagnonsux, Nov 14, 2004
Christmas Ale 2004 from Abita Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.