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Christmas Ale 2005 - Abita Brewing Co.

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Christmas Ale 2005Christmas Ale 2005

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 14.47%
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: GreenWBush on 11-15-2005)
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Reviews by matjack85:
Photo of matjack85


3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

02-12-2013 00:28:04 | More by matjack85
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug at 40 degrees.

One of the better Abita selections; I'm reviewing from notes as I had this last winter.

Poured a light amber color with a medium head. Smells of roasted malt and spice...maybe a little dry hops. Tastes malty at first, but gives way to the spice, which also comes back up in the aftertaste. Goes down warming and crisp with a good amount of carbonation. I hope next year's release is as good.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 17:36:21 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of plaid75

New York

2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice amber hue with a thin head and very little lacing.

The smell was nonexistent. I was expecting allspice, or cinnammon, juniper, etc., but got nothing. The aroma was flat.

The taste was equally as flat. It drank like a light ale rather than what I expect in a Christmas Ale.

Mouthfeel and drinkability were okay, but what difference do they make if the taste is off?

I am a big drinker of Christmas and winter brews and must say that this may be the most uneventful experience I have ever had in a Santa hat.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 02:23:49 | More by plaid75
Photo of weeare138


3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a red amber with a small white head that quickly fades into a small collar.
Smell is malty, bready, with a sugary, corn syrup aroma standing out.
Taste is of the same aromas albeit kind of weak with mild honey in the mix somewhere.
Mouthfeel is watery, cardboard-ish, with an off, flowery funkyness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2006 16:27:42 | More by weeare138
Photo of Pegasus


3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy copper color, with a small, persistent tan head, excellent broken lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Toasty and caramel aromas, with a faint herbal hop presence.

Taste: Slightly sweet caramel at the open, quickly turns towards toasty malts, and a mild coffee note, these carry on to the end of the taste, where a modest herbal hop presence manifiests, lingering on well past the taste's end.

Mouth feel: Reasonably full, with a tingling carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasing and drinkable, not outstanding, but pleasant.

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

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 17:36:06 | More by Pegasus
Photo of arizcards


3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle from Mr. Doyle's BOM club back a few months ago. Best enjoyed by 4-22.

Brew poured a dark red with a nice off-white head. Nose is malty and bready. Taste is malty, bready, and finishes with a light hop. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and is well carbonated. Overall drinkability is pretty good. I am a little befuddled why this is called a Christmas beer. It is, however, a decent red that is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 23:25:05 | More by arizcards
Photo of bigbubba


2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a nice dark amber beer with a decent light tan head. The head dissapates quickly leaving a thin coating on top. The smell is very mild, almost not there at all. The taste is average. It's not spiced like many Christmas beers. There is a bit of hops in the finish, and a slight coppery aftertaste. The mouthfeel is watery and flat. Drinkability is average, it isn't hard to drink, but it's not easy either.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 23:28:31 | More by bigbubba
Photo of Jredner


2.3/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lightly hopped aroma with even lighter spice notes. Rich copper in color with a firm thumb thick white head. Not much here flavor wise. Crisp hop bite I associate with premium lagers and almost no spice notes. Some subdued caramel malt, but overall it just doesn’t taste like very much of anything.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 20:25:43 | More by Jredner
Photo of cheers2beers


2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in Weizen glass:

Appearance: A redish amber liquid flowed into my glass followed by a very well stacked off-white head.Minimal laceing with a rumble of beading inside my glass.

Smell: The aroma of souring malts and a slight skunky hop.Not impressed.

Taste: Not much here either,a flat taste in general.Not much hop backbone, a hint of applecider but still not impressed.Meduim carbonation.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel was just nothing to brag about.Just seems to ordinary with a thin watery finish.

Drinkability: I think the best way to some it up is, BMC taste in a craft beer bottle.I wont be purchaseing this one again.


Serving type: bottle

02-17-2006 00:38:44 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of aquatonex

New York

3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really enjoy holiday beers, this one fell short of my mark, however.

Pours dark red with a thick head, decent retention. Lacing is good. Smell is light malty with spice (woohoo). However, where's the spice in the taste? Unsweetened chocolates, some lightly sweet malts, is about it. Lighter in taste and body than I was expecting. Overall, OK.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 02:36:41 | More by aquatonex
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a ruby red color with a towering offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a weak aroma that boasts of roasted, crystal, and bisquit malts. It's got a nice breadlike aroma, but nothing too pronounced. The taste is average. It's light and weak with the malts and has a metallic finish. Damn, these guys have a real problem with that. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an average Christmas ale. It's pretty lame and not worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 02:52:00 | More by WesWes
Photo of RBorsato


3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Auburn with a nice full pillowy beige head, nice carbonation, and nice lace. Nice ESB style spicy malt and English style dirty earth hop aroma and flavor. Wonder if this is lightly spiced with something ? Light-medium bodied with light creaminess.

Per label: "Every year the recipe changes".

Per BOM notes:
IBU: 29
ABV: 5.0%
Malts: Pale, Cara Red, Cara Munich, Crystal
Hops: Willamette, Kent

Best Before: 05/06-06 (notched); '05' emb on bottom [2005 Version]
Tasted: 01/16/06

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 21:12:11 | More by RBorsato
Photo of LarryKemp


3.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As much as I try to dislike Abita, they keep making beers that surpise me.

This beer poured a deep amber with a bright white contrasting head. Great Presentation.

The aroma played with the nose. A sweet malty aroma that complimented the hint of chocolate in the taste. Either the aroma or the taste would have been nice, but the combination was excellent.

The mouthfeel was all carbonation which may have hidden a fuller mouthfeel. Probably the weakesst part of this beer.

This is a very drinkable beer. Heavy on the taste but the aroma and apperance do not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 02:56:38 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of HardTarget


2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: Best before notched 4/8 (sampled 1/30, hopefully of the same year) Just the marketing blurb for information.

Aroma: Sweet malt with a good dose of caramel and hints of DMS

Appearance: Very clear amber brown glass sports a thin light tan head that leaves some lace to mark its passing.

Flavor: Malt flavor in the nose comes through fairly straight forward, but that DMS like flavor is striking me as a flaw. It’s almost a wet wood taste. It’s not intense, but very noticeable. It might be a spice that’s been added, maybe a nutmeg or clove. There is a hint of pleasant smoke in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A touch fizzy in the mouth, but not bad. Body is fairly light.

Overall Impression: This is a fairly light Christmas beer. I think the spice line up just didn’t agree with my taste buds. Still, it’s an ok beer and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 06:33:25 | More by HardTarget
Photo of hanco005


3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Part of my December microbrew of the month club offering. Reviewed this over the holidays, just getting around to typing my notes now.

A— deep reddish amber than leaves ¾ inch head, lacing is very nice

S— very soft, sweet mild malt scent

T— caramel maltly taste, very pleasant and mild,

M— thin, but can’t really say anything bad about it…nor anything that really sticks out

D—overall, I enjoyed it and was glad to have the opportunity to try it. A good holiday brew that I could drink 3-4 easily.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 04:09:22 | More by hanco005
Photo of kmo1030


2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

copper colred witha thin tan head.
the aroma is sweet malty with maybe a hint of wheat or a similar smell. *maybe* a hint spices.
the taste is blandly malty caramel with metallic almost iron-like blood in your mouth flavors. finishes sort of tart and nasty as a result. sometimes i think i get some smoke, but it maybe a distorted metal flavor.
watery body with comparably strong carbonation.
drinkability is not good, it's not pleasant tasting at all really. whats up with the metal in this. sometimes you drink a beer and ask "what were they thinking bottling this?" this is one.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 23:10:20 | More by kmo1030
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very lovely dark amber with beautiful frothy head, with amazing lacing down the glass. Smells of floral hops aroma, with spices and carmelized and decent malt. Taste is pretty good, but a little weak. I expect more from christmas ales, and definitely more hop presense. Malts are decent, with the carmelized malts that were picked up in smell. Body is very smooth, perhaps too smooth, and doesn't really have the hop punch I would have expected in a christmas ale, but actually not all that bad considering.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 01:15:10 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of Gritsak

West Virginia

2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- nice deep amber color with a rich, thcik offwhite head. laces well.

S- some malt, yeast, nutmeg, molassas, little metalic...not horrible but not very impressive either

T- very bland flavor. nothing really sticks out. hop presence in minimal to non existant. the finish is very watered down. slightly metalic taste but ive had worst

M- pretty light and smooth. medium carbonation with a watery feel.

D- i could drink a few but i wouldnt really want to waste my time.

overall- extremely plain for a "christmas beer". although it is listed as a red/amber, i expected some spices blended in since the label it a christmas, but there were none to be found. ide stay clear of this stuff if you like beer with any sort of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 04:52:26 | More by Gritsak
Photo of ism

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, chestnut-brown, with amber tint, topped with a one-finger ochre head with moderate retention. Decent lacing. Buttery malt nose, nuts, and just a hint of spice. Moderate carbonation, thin body, crisp. Also thin in the way of flavor, malts and hops balanced, goes down smooth, but not much in the aftertaste.

More like a standard beer than a holiday offering, and pretty weak even outside that context. Easy-going, easily drinkable, but rather disappointing for what it purports to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 03:59:57 | More by ism
Photo of beerphilosopher


2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass from a shorty bottle.

A - Amber with a slight reddish hue. Virtually no head. Kind of drab ...

S - Malty Amber ... slight hop background. A little "home brewey"

T - Buttery malt flavor. Almost a standard, non-descript amber beer taste. Unfortunately a little metallic ...

M - Thin and unsatisfying.

D - Wow. I had expected more from this one. Really not a very good beer in any respect ... very home brewy to me ...in a bad way. I really can't recomment this one. My first Abita beer ... I'll try others, or wait for next years version to see if it's better.

What exactly makes this a Christmas beer? Where are the spices? The character?

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 01:02:46 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of BurnsTau


2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium-dark amber with little to no head. Smells faintly of spices, some hops. This beer was a disspointment to me, having tried previous years of Abita's Christmas Ale. My first taste I noticed that nothing is very compelling about the beer. The flavors just aren't there. Mostly you can notice the malts and very very faint hops. Overall it's not a terrible beer, but I wouldn't try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 20:21:50 | More by BurnsTau


3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 1/2" beige head falls and retains as a cap nicely. Beer is amber in color.

S - Malty and sweet. Toffee. Nice hop background.

T - Buttered toast. Earthy. Metallic in middle. Bitter finish.

M - Thin in mouthfeel and flavor department.

D - Just OK. I was a little dissapointed in this Abita beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 04:41:18 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is a crystal clear deep amber color and puts forth two fingers of spongy, bright white head with cavernous air pockets. In a few minutes it is just covering the surface of the pint. There is almost no lacing. The smell is not much to speak of.

The taste is mostly sweet malt, almost like you would expect in a marzen/oktoberfest. Hints of hop spiciness and other spices so faint they are hard to identify (maybe ginger?) show through only for a brief instant. The mouthfeel is thin, but otherwise ok.

Rating this beer as a Christmas beer is difficult. It is a far cry from most other brewer's xmas offerings, yet it is festive in its own way. It also seems a little more appropriate here on the Gulf Coast, where we enjoyed the holiday in shorts and t-shirts, than a winter warmer or other dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 01:36:23 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of palma

New York

3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: See-through amber copper body. Very nice frothy off-white head.

Nose: Sweet malty nose. Caramel. Roasted aroma. Some metal. Very typical for an amber ale. Not bad at all.

Taste: Light and watered down. Some good hops present though. Metallic notes. Dry finish for an amber.

Mouthfeel: A little thin of a mouthfeel. Watery.

This is something I could drink if it was the only beer around. No way I'm buying this on my own though.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 12:20:00 | More by palma
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with twist top and best consumed before dating. Pours dark cherry amber, with a medium tan head and respectable lacing. Typical moderatly hopped amber, perhaps just a smidgen of spicing picked up. Easy drinking and drinkable enuf. Basically another unimpressive but still drinkable Abita offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 22:25:55 | More by Billolick
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Christmas Ale 2005 from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.