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Christmas Ale 2007 - Abita Brewing Co.

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Christmas Ale 2007Christmas Ale 2007

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42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 48
Avg: 3.29
pDev: 15.81%
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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: acrawf6 on 10-31-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour created about a finger-and-a-half's worth of thick, deep-tan head with good retention. The nose was hoppier than what I might have once expected from a red ale, but I have noted that trend of late. A swirl of the liquid also released some sweet characteristics. My mouth began to water as a result. The color was beautiful deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was medium-to-full with an interesting admixture of sweetness and bitterness on the tongue. It was on the finish that the sweetness won out, but just barely. My, but this was good. I keep finding myself wishing that I had more of some beers and fewer of others. I wish that I had more of this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An impressive small-type beer with a lot of hop character and very likable. Begins with a sharp, spicy, citrus hop nose with underlying soft maltiness. Quite Pale Ale-sh. The look is a mainly copper color with some golden hues mixed in. Very well headed with an off-white foamstand and solid retention. Flavors are a bit less hoppy than the nose suggests; but balances against the medium malt sweetness nicely. Textures are quite light, creamy, and very easy to drink. Clean, crisp, and refreshing throughout with a mild minty finish. Seems like a Dortmunder Gold with the hop intensity of Doggie Style Pale Ale. Very nice beer!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown colour with hints of amber to it. Head is big and frothy, quick to dissolve and leaves virtually no residue on the glass.

The aroma has a piney hop burst to it, along with some caramel and hints of spice. Simple and nice!

The flavour hits you quickly with the piney hop flavour and there's even a bit of juiciness before moving into a more rugged malt flavour that is cut through nicely with some sweetness from the malt. There is a touch of spice at the finish as well to make for a flavourful, well-rounded beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, well carbonated and with a touch of slickness to it.

This is a nice brew overall. I could easily enjoy this one year round, and found it to be much more enjoyable to their "standard" Red Ale that they sometimes brew. Grab a six pack and give it a try.

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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright ruby amber with a one-finger foamy off-white head that descends to a thin lasting cover. Some traces of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of citric fruitiness and caramel.

The taste is malt-accented - caramelish - wihth a firm citric hoppy balance. Light touch of cinnamonish spiciness gives it a holiday spiciness. Sweet with a bitterish finish with a slightly warming note.

Medium in body and carbonation, this is smooth and very easy to drink.

A tasty, well-balanced brew. Not quite as hefty/hearty as some other Christmas Ales, it is fitting for a southern Christmas brew. An amber/red ale with a nice hoppy touch.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this a little late for the season (May, 2008), but the beer was stored in a refrigerator.

Nice pour with a moderate head that leaves spotty lace on the glass. The color is brownish copper and quite clear.

The aroma is attractive with a good initial malt nose that quickly goes over to a fresh floral hop smell.

More dark malts in the flavor than I expected--a little bit of chocolate. I don't detect any problems with the age of the brew. The swallow brings out some wonderful hop bitterness that is very complimentary (read: not too heavy) to the malt base. Good body and carbonation.

I am surprised by the ratings of some of my fellow BA'ers. I think this is an excellent Pale Ale. I would say that it doesn't fit my expectations of the traditional winter offerings, but I find this to be a very good beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably the first of many Xmas brews I will be having over the next 3-6 weeks.This poured into a standard pint glass a clear rich bronze with a tight very well retained nearly two finger slight off white head very good clarity just rich looking.Aromas of caramel and toasty malt with a hint of gummy fruitiness a healthy dose of leafy hop rounds out the nose well.More standard on the palate toasty with a hefty caramel base a a nice drying finish with a lingering citric hop presence.A well made amber ale not entirely old school with its nice hoppy finish and it cuts through the cold well.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It may be a winter seasonal but it was quite god in August.

A - It poured out a cloudy, dark amber color with hints of brown. It had a small, foamy, tan head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of grasses and earth tones. Also, a sweet malty nose.

T - It tasted of biscuity sweet malt. There were hints of caramel, toffee and nuts.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium bodied beer.

D - This was surprisingly good, especially considering its age.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita- Christmas Ale

A- Nice golden acorn brown with a thick foamy head.
S- Sweet caramel malt with a touch of butter and sweet pine hops.
T- Sweet earthy pine hops blended evenly with a slick caramel malt.
M- Again sweet and buttery with a nice green hop presence.

Overall- Very nice, easy to drink! I was expecting a spicy winter warmer. Tasty and sessionable.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich and clear dark mahogany amber with a dense tan head that drops to a thin layer of thick bubbles.

Smell. I think this is the first time I've had an abita christmas ale where i smell some hops! Lol, it actually smells a bit similar to their red ale in the spring. Bitterness is mild with a bit of caramel that is a touch sweet.

Taste. With the hops, i initially get some spices- nutmeg and bitter cinnoman...but that quickly goes away. The hops are present, but nicely placed as just another flavor. There is a sense of maltiness, but i would consider this beer slightly hoppier than malty. Warms quickly in the mouth and gives a creaminess that is pleasant. Malts begin to come out within a few seconds that gives it a little bit of sweetness and a bit of a powdery bitter chocolate, and then gets more of a dry roasty malt flavor. Aftertaste gets quite dry, almost tobacco-like.

Mouthfeel. Carbonation is there, but i would say this beer is on the fuller side with its creaminess. Plus, i am not guessing this is all that high in the alcohol content, but certainly carries its own.

Overall, certainly my favorite year so far. I am glad i get some more of the hop balance this year. A bit surprising Abita made it so hoppy...looks like they got a little flavor for the west coast. You may not love it, but you certainly should give it a try.

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Photo of usmittymc
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass. No freshness dating on the bottle (due to the limited release, I imagine).

A- Slightly hazy, deep mahogany color. Poured a nice two off-white two-finger head that disipates rapidly (as with most Abita offerings). Surprisingly, the lacing lingers well into the beer. This has not been typical in my experience with Abita (and there have been many).

S- Earthy. Juniper or evergreen(?) Smells like a Christmas tree mixed with other earthy aromas.

T- Spicy. Smooth maltiness on the front (nice biscuity flavor). The spiciness hits in the middle with a nice bitterness (not hoppy, something else). The spicy bitterness rests on the palette after the swallow.

M- Smooth with nice crisp carbonation. Not too slick, not too thick. Just about right.

D- Could derink a couple of these. Would go well with holiday meals (too bad I didn't get it until after Christmas). I am glad I found it and will actively seek it prior to next Christmas. Nice Holiday brew- kudos to Abita for putting CHRISTmas on the label.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with basically no head. Nose is mildly leafy and earthy, though not very firm. Flavor is leafy and earthy. Smooth and even. Seems to be a touch of vanilla on the back side. Feel is a bit crisp with the carbonation and the liquid is decently smooth. An easy drinker. Can’t really say it has a mass of character or is overly interesting. But it’s nice to drink.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Goebbel's in Wichita

Pours caramel with 2+ fingers sand colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Cakey & some caramel

T: Bready, some fruittyness (plums, figs & raisins), dryness & herbal hops up front. Dryness & some caramel, plus a touch of metallic hops as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops nice toffee, brown sugar & slight fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, with low carbonation, skews malty for the style

Drink alright, looks like a little freshness wouldn't have hurt, but one of the better beers I've had from Abita

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Photo of medic25
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass; coppery red color with a short-live tan head. Not a very strong aroma; mostly malt. Taste is well balanced. The malt predominates, but there is a little hoppy bitterness. Goes down fairly easily, if not especially memorable. I'd expected something more along the lines of a winter warmer when I picked up the bottle; it's not an especially Christmasy beer.

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Photo of deepsouth
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i'm enjoying this beer this evening out of a new sam adams glass whilst listening to ludovic navarre's from detroit to st. germain on vinyl. ludovic navarre is the only dj on the blue note records label.

i poured this beer directly into the bottom of my glass and it poured a nice amber color with a nice tan head that remained only a short period but left lush lacing. this is a good looking beer.

the smell is just average. a bit of spice in the nose. not sure the abv of this one, but there isn't any alcohol in the smell to me. caramely and malty as well. it's fairly light overall though. others mentioned an earthy smell. i can agree with that.

the taste of this beer is consistent with what i smelled above. fairly well balanced.

the mouthfeel of this beer was a bit light. high on the carbonation end.

this is a very drinkable beer. i'd hope for a bit more in a christmas seasonal, but i could still session these with ease.

happy new year all.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recieved in trade from barefootbrewer thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a clear deep copper color with a thin white head that leaves some lace on the side of the glass. Smell comes through with floral citrusy hops and a bit if biscuit malt. Taste is a good mix of hops and malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not much body here. Overall not a bad beer, very tasty, but could stand a bit more body.

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Photo of Vancer
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another big out to my man in the “deepsouth” for this brew ina nice trade ~ many thanks!

Poured nicely, with a deep oaken brown with plenty of tan head and lace. Rather nutty aroma with spice and caramel adding to the mix. Quaff was a bit subdued for a Xmas ale, spicy but not enough “ummph” to get it into the right range for an Xmas ale (why is this listed under amber ales??) Maybe because it drinks great as such, and was enjoyable – but she needs more kick for a beer brewed one time year.

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Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber in color with some orange highlights, sporting a fluffy two finger head that lingered a bit. No lacing shows up on the glass.

Smell: light spiciness is all the nose could pull out of the glass.

Taste: caramel, plums, red apple, and some soft spice are most noticeable on top of the bready malt layer. Bitterness is strong enough to make this interesting.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied brew. Lightly crisp to start but finishes smooth. Very short bready aftertaste.

Drinkability: not a bad beer from the Abita folks as this was enjoyed over the xmas during some get-togethers with friends.

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Photo of theopholis
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a fairly clear, dark red/amber. Decent off-white head, with some lacing.

Aroma- Lots of malt sweetness in the nose. Wonderful mild hop aroma. Very well balanced.

Taste- Tastes of dark, sweet malts. Nice hop bitterness with hints of chocolate and some woodiness.

Mouthfeel- Kind of light for an American red amber. Over carbonated to. .Detracts from the taste.

Drinkability- The individual components were nice, but did not work well together. Not horrible, not great.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium amber in color, with a modest white head, which soon collapses to scattered islands of foam, and thin, patchy lacing on the glass walls.

Aroma: Fairly prominent pine tar hops vie with sweet caramel, bitter cocoa, and earth.

Taste: Opens with rather sharp pine tar hops, followed by dark fruits and bitter apple peel, finishes with a bit of earthiness and sharp, lingering herbal and pine tar hops.

Mouth feel: A bit thin and watery, with slightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: While certainly not bad, it is not as balanced and flavorful as previous years were. More maltiness would be quite welcome.

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

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, amber color with a small tan head that fell to a ring, leaving a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S - slightly bitter smelling, grassy, earthy aromas.

T - subtle spice taste, hops and malts are pretty well balanced with good, sharp bitterness on the finish.

M - lighter bodied (but not too thin) with good carbonation.

D - goes down very easy and smooth. Carbonation/Burp Factor and decent taste makes having a few of these very easy.

Final Note: This beer is not a over-spiced Christmas Ale by any means. It goes well with most holiday appetizers, meals, and sweet treats/desserts. I will buy this beer again next Christmas.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy dark reddish-amber... short, white, and creamy head has decent retention, and leaves a sheet behind.

S: Warm, toasted malts, some caramel notes, and just the slightest bit buttery.

T/M/D: Malts come across as a little delayed with not much on the tip of the tongue. A touch of hoppiness, but not enough to really make for a bittering finish. A little on the light and uneventful side, but a tolerable beer. Easy enough to drink... not exactly 'big and festive' as one might think, and there's no spicing or anything in particular that would hint as to why this is a "Christmas Ale," but it's not like that is a style of beer, so it doesn't really have any expectations to live up to and I can't take away from it for that. Better offerings out there, but I probably wouldn't turn it down if offered... maybe.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark red-brown, with a small, slightly tan head, which leaves a little lacing in my Chimay chalice.

S: Light smell of dark malt, and some spices, maybe cinnamon.

T: Tastes of dark malt, spicy, with a little bit of chocolate. Caramel and a slight floral hop presence are there also.

M: Much lighter than I expected, almost fizzy, doesn't hold the flavour like I thought it would. The character of the beer fades fast.

D: An OK beer, I'll probably try it again next year, with a new recipe, but this year, it was just average.

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Photo of biggmike
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear orange/amber color that had decent size creamy off-white head that lasted for a while. Aroma is malty, citrusy, and also of hops. The flavor was hoppier than expected. Malty up front with hop bitterness in the end. Decent mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Okay beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A reddish tinge and a bit of initial head. Above average carbonation. Initially yeast and then malt, nutmeg spice and a tad toast in background. Medium mouthfeel,with cloves and a freezing of the mouth in the finish, also a bit of water. Drinkable though marginally unsatisfying.

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Photo of JDV
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transluscent maroonish copper color with an offwhite, lasting foamy head. Smell is spiced and hopped, and perhaps a bit toasty or nutty. Not a bad aroma, actually. Taste is a bit mild, but balanced between toasty bittersweet malt, hops and perhaps a spiced or nutty flavor, but maybe I'm projecting that. I definitely prefer this to their standard year round beers that I've tried. Pretty decent, very drinkable and far better than the percentage indicates I thought.

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Christmas Ale 2007 from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.