Christmas Ale 2007 - Abita Brewing Co.
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2.58/5 rDev -21.8%
Wow, found the notes on this one from 1/18/2008.
Pours a slightly hazy copperish brown color with a very light tan head that shrinks to a small ring and leaves small amounts of lacing.
Lots of piney hops in the aroma. Very earthy.
Taste is again very earthy with a semi strong bitterness imparted by the hops. Beyond this, there's really not much to describe. Doesn't seem to be very balanced.
Mostly medium bodied with medium carbonation. Whenever I drank one, I never felt compelled to have another. It was somewhat of a struggle to finish the sixer. I kept thinking I'd grow more accustomed to the taste but I never did. A friend asked to try a bottle and was equally unimpressed so I'm guessing its not just me. This isn't the worst I've ever had, but I am kinda glad I won't be seeing it around again.
02-23-2009 00:30:20 | More by Vengeance526
3.33/5 rDev +0.9%
Poured into a pint.
A: Medium brown pour. Medium light carbonation pours into a 1 finger white bubbly head. Settles quickly into a patchy layer of carbonation on surface. Spotty lacing recedes into the body.
S: Malt, hops, and a hint of spice. . . nutmeg, maybe.
T: Fairly hoppy. Malt, and a hint of spice.
M: Hops first then the spice makes a flyby, but a hoppy finish which lingers for the aftertaste.
D: Pretty decent drinkability. Nice flavor, and mild alcohol taste.
Nice flavor, okay atmosphere, non-offensive feel. Overall, worth at least trying.
12-25-2008 06:51:03 | More by bmwats
3.73/5 rDev +13%
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.
11-06-2008 20:29:50 | More by NJpadreFan
3.3/5 rDev 0%
Poured into a pint glass
A: Clear copper/yellow with with 2 finger white head that reduces to a disk. Good amount of carbonation in this one as well.
S: Hmm very macro smelling to my surprise. Tons of cereal grains with a nice hop scent as well.
T: The taste has a very funk taste to is surprisingly. The taste is plain malt, but has a decent hop finish, hallertau perhaps.
M,D: The mouthfeel is pretty decent due to the high carbonation.
Overall, this is a little too macro-ish for me, but I'll try next year's.
08-19-2008 02:04:31 | More by treyrab
3.83/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
08-13-2008 15:58:33 | More by zeff80
3.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
06-24-2008 02:59:27 | More by Pegasus
3.33/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
06-08-2008 04:27:26 | More by Proteus93
3.68/5 rDev +11.5%
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
05-28-2008 04:27:34 | More by russpowell
3.95/5 rDev +19.7%
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.
05-03-2008 22:32:56 | More by smcolw
3.35/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
04-14-2008 03:08:29 | More by Sammy
2.42/5 rDev -26.7%
This poured a clear maroon with no head. It immediately smelled pretty bad, like a wet dog, followed by scents of malt and maybe chlorine. It tasted somewhat better, like bland hops mixed with bland malts. It was watery with no carbonation and had a sour aftertaste. Overall this was a clean but unimpressive drink with nothing Christmas (or otherwise enjoyable) about it.
03-27-2008 20:33:12 | More by Pencible
3.3/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-24-2008 21:24:15 | More by JDV
3.15/5 rDev -4.5%
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.
A: Ruby-brown hue with thick, foamy off-white 1-2 finger head and lots of lacing after a moderate pour.
S: Faint caramel malts and spicy, earthy hops.
T: Tangy but weak flavor that has a lot of graininess to it that was a turn-off. Earthy hops flavor almost saves it, but the malts are not sweet or strong enough to give it balance.
M: Very thin and overly carbonated to the point that it feels like a macrobrew. Nice spicy aftertastem is a plus though.
D: An average beer that is an okay amber, but one that will appeal to those who like a lighter bodied, spicy hops flavored ale.
03-21-2008 05:49:29 | More by argock
3.2/5 rDev -3%
12oz brown stubby bottle with a twist-off cap.
Clear ruby red color with a thin,creamy light tan head that dissapated quickly no much carbination visable.
Faint aromas,mostly malted with candided carmell,some dark fruitiness,a touch of metallic with notes of citrus.
Malty tastes wiith a burnt bittersweet carmellnes with some nutty tastes. Good clean finish,citrusy with a rind feel at the aftertaste.
Tangy mouthfeel that's a bit on the thin side. Seemed to get better with every taste. Decent beer,not what you would expect from a Christmas beer. Might have made me score the beer a bit lower,was an overall good amber beer.
03-19-2008 03:48:34 | More by jcdiflorio
3.13/5 rDev -5.2%
Thanks to deepsouth in the Brews 'N' Tunes 3 BIF for the opportunity.
Pours a nice amber with brilliant clarity. Head is a good 1/3 inch head that settles to a fine ring. Smells slightly sweet with some licorice and subtle spicing. Taste is kind of weak. Subtle spicey hops arouse the tongue, not much else really goes on after that. Its a jumble of things with nothing really standing out. Finish is a bit lacking, kind of stale. Not my favorite example of the style.
03-11-2008 04:26:12 | More by timbro81
2.93/5 rDev -11.2%
christmas ales are always a tough brew to rate. Spices can be hard to guage for how long they'll last. I don't know when this was originally released but at this point it's a decent looking brew that has become a one note song - cinnamon. Not quite a cinnamon stick but in that vein. I might try it fresh if possible but otherwise would look elsewhere for my holiday ale.
03-04-2008 23:58:31 | More by barleywinebrewer
1.73/5 rDev -47.6%
Pours to an extremely small head that dissipates to a microscopic foam that spreads over the top of the surface. Burgundy in color and no where near transparent.
I've had many Christmas Ales and this has all the features of one. I would label this as mediocre X-Mas ale though. The flavors are not all that bold and do not linger at all. Once it hits your taste buds, it is gone. There is one thing that lingers and turbine2475 (see below) nailed it. It's like a residue or film like taste. Good thing I only spend $1.50 on one bottle.
02-22-2008 01:20:09 | More by imaguitargod
2.55/5 rDev -22.7%
A - Pours an amber brown with a short lived vanilla head.
S - Earthy malts with a light hop hint. Not very forthcoming.
T - More biterness then the smell let on but finishes rather yeasty.
M - Mild carbonation with a light feel with a bit of left over residue.
D - Different from what I was expecting, but not really in a good way. Was too unbalanced too be one that I would drink agian.
02-16-2008 05:26:48 | More by turbine2475
4.18/5 rDev +26.7%
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.
02-09-2008 13:20:11 | More by woodychandler
3.15/5 rDev -4.5%
Tried this seasonal during a visit to the small deli inside Habanos in Slidell, La. A 12 oz. bottle poured to a funny little handled mason jar (oddly enough, one touting Bermuda's own 'Dark & Stormy', which ranks among my favorite non-beer drinks...). It was chilled, as seems customary most everywhere in the South.
A: Chestnut brown with a notable ruddiness. Complexion is nearly clear; few rising bubbles. Capped with a rich 1+ finger of tan/light yellow froth, good retention and blotchy sticking lace.
S: Modest dark malt in the nose, a faint chocolate and caramel. Soft, wheaty grain and just enough earthy bittering hops. Hints of sugary molasses and a trace of holiday spice.
T: Has a raw flavor of dark (almost burnt tasting) grain with a drying grassy/medicinal hop bittering. Some nut toastiness and a little cereal grain creep in. Starts bitter and malts never quite redeem it.
M: Carbonation in the mouth is low, but body seems about 'medium' initially. Once the shock of bittering wears off, the mouthfeel is revealed to be thinner/slicker and hardly sticks around in the finish. Winds up being pretty mellow, hence forgettable.
D: Wasn't sure about the style they were aiming for; at first I was judging this as a winter warmer (would have scored worse were that the case). As such, it's a fairly blasé example of a likable style known for bold hop flavor, balanced with malt and easy drinkability. Not a failure for me, but the balance seems off and it's really not all that tasty. I wouldn't turn one away, nor would I seek it out; I suppose that's the epitome of an 'average' score...
01-16-2008 07:41:33 | More by msubulldog25
Christmas Ale 2007 from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.