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Christmas Ale 2008 - Abita Brewing Co.

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Christmas Ale 2008Christmas Ale 2008

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 11.18%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Officially an "American Nut Brown Ale."

(Beer added by: philipquarles on 11-12-2008)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle from Total Wine, and used to wash down a mac & cheese dinner, on to the beer:

I like the look. it's a paler copper color, leans towards shimmering orange. The head is creamy and leaves good amounts of lacing on the glass. There some firepower in the aroma, but there seemed to be more than isn't jumping into my nose. Fruit, orange...is that a hint of coriandor I smell? The taste follows suit of the nose, it's light on the fruity flavor. Some orange peel emerges. A bit astringent with a hint of toffee. Oh, and please, improve the mouthfeel. It's watery and flimsy, and the carbonation is dull. Or better yet, improve this beer, as it's mediocre compared to others out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 03:53:16 | More by DoubleJ
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-16-2014 23:39:37 | More by noperative
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

12-16-2013 02:44:58 | More by rorjets
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-07-2012 18:09:29 | More by fatbatcat
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2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 Vintage.

A: Pours a shade of amber with a cream colored head. Good retention with some lace.

S: Aromas of brown sugar, caramel, light spice.... ho hum.

T: Sweet malt mess with a blend of christmas spice.

M: Medium in body, okay carbonation.

D: Pass on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 18:15:48 | More by tpd975
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3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The first thing that you notice with this beer is that it has a cloudy brown color with an amber tint held under light, and a off-white head that disappears quickly. It looked pretty promising but the taste is kind of light compared to its look. It has a very watery characteristic with subtle toffee notes and a light dry hoppiness. The malt and hops give it a nice aftertaste. The beer had a malty caramel and metallic smell. The price for this beer is relatively cheap ($7.00). Overall, i find that it is worth the price and could be substituted for a lager because of its watery/light character.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 23:14:46 | More by huricrane47
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3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey/amber color, a slight cloudiness, with a cream colored head that stays for a while. Aroma is light to medium with notes of cookie dough, malt, and yeast. Taste is quite mild and follows the nose. Mild cookie dough flavor and caramel malt. Body is light-medium with medium carbonation. This is a very easy beer to drink. Somewhat mild, but pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 03:24:38 | More by slk22
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live Review. My first Abita Brewing Company Beer. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio for $1.50 as a single into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Nice, generous 4 inch head that sticks around for 4 to 5 minutes after an aggressive pour. Body is much like an amber, a reddish brown translucent body with minimal bubbles rising up from below.

S Muted smell of barley, some malt, maybe a hint of hops. Smells like a light amber vs. a Brown Ale.

T Like a light amber ale really. It makes me wonder if this is the 2007 version which a quick check reveals that it was an amber. I dunno but this is right down the middle barley and medium malt of an amber with just a hint of hops. A nice brew, whatever the style.

M Light, with only the barley and minimal hops taste to thicken it up.

D Very good.

Notes: This is a good session beer, presumably for Christmas, enjoyed by me in the middle of May.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 01:57:20 | More by adamette
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2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 4/27/2009 (Bottle):

Pours an amber brown body, small whitish reddish clear color head, diminishing. Hoppy aroma, bitter and grapefruit. Some dustiness too. Enticing. Malty taste. Some dustiness. Some carbonation. Some nuttiness, English maltiness and some English style hops too.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 20:25:30 | More by jujubeast6000
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3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Party Source.

Pours clear dark amber color with a moderate frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate sweet roasted malty aroma. Medium body with a thin texture and soft carbonation. Medium roasted sweet flavor with a medium grainy sweet finish of an average duration.

My expectation where not met.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 13:06:44 | More by tmoneyba
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2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has been on-deck for a few weeks now, but, like mopping the kitchen, I've put it off as long as possible. No longer!

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with an inch of frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Lightly spicy, vaguely malty nose with a small note of roasted nuts.

Taste: Meager taste of nutty brown malts with only a very light, brief sweetness. Indistinct touch of fruit. Hint of roast. Pinch of cinnamon. Medium-low bitterness, though more than enough for the nearly vacant malts. Bit of pine upon warming. Dry, watery, but crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: So thin! The beer is so meek and so mild, that it certainly doesn't make me think of "Christmas". Perhaps another holiday would be more fitting... how about Tweed Day on April 3rd? Yes, that seems much more fitting.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 04:46:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear coppery amber, very light for a brown. No head. Aroma is like malt sweetness, maybe a hint of clove. Taste is balanced sweetness, slight roast, that turns into a harsh bitter aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

Lighter than I like a brown. It would be nice and mild except for the harshness. Definitely kills the deal.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 22:00:05 | More by goatgoat
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3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a hazy golden amber. A decent white head is gone quickly and leaves little lacing.

The nose is made of nutty, toffee and a hint of bready aromas. The taste is predominantly sweet malts, with the nuts going into the background. A mild bitterness is present toward the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a lot of carbonation. Drinkability is decent; I could have another.

It's not a bad example of the style, but maybe they'll do better next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 02:07:37 | More by CityBoy1986
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3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown color with a frothy fine-bubbled light tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Sweet caramel malts dominate the nose almost to the point of being one-dimensional. A smattering of floral hops and light berry fruitiness keeps things just interesting enough.

A bit more of a balanced flavor, with toasty malts still reigning supreme. Has some holiday spice notes, but is pretty light bodied and thin. Hard to compare to past vintages since the recipe changes, but this one is a pretty tasty beer, just not very wintery. More of a thirst quenching session beer. A good brew, just not what I look for in a Christmas brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 05:54:13 | More by twiggamortis420
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Are you going to the Christmas party?" "I may be. It's brisk out, but at least it's clear, and there's not a cloud in the sky."
"There was earlier, for sure. If you put your hand at arms' length, they were the size of your forefinger. They must have drifted away... did you see those seagulls, too? Funny time of year for those pesky white 'm's' to be outlined against the sky."
So I suppose I'll bake some cookies for the party tonight... Just throw them together, you know. A dash of clove, cinnamon, a hint of pumpkin spice perhaps, brown sugar of course... the aroma begins to waft through the house... smells pretty decent, for a haphazard attempt at cookies, if I do say so myself... Baking is not necessarily my forte.
Of course I had to try one before I took them... Apparently I didn't add enough sugar, they weren't nearly as sweet as the aroma wafting through the house... Much more bready. Rather plain, really. All the spice didn't come out that was in the aroma... there was a bitterness there, too... I wonder if the oil of clove did it? But it was only the bitterness, not really a flavor, not of hops or of clove.
Should have added more butter, I guess. Rather dry, especially after swallowing. Fairly fluffy, though. A good feeling on the tongue.
Perhaps I'll stay home tonight after all. I could have many of these. Not too special, but well done nonetheless. certainly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 18:38:32 | More by khiasmus
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stubby 12 brown bottle. Pours a reddish/amber color with a decent head. Wonderful Christmas like smell of cinnamon,nutmeg and ginger. Taste is malty with some of the previously mentioned spices in the background. Spices not overdone as in some holiday brews. Not a bad choice and a cold winter day.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 21:23:08 | More by clemtig76
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3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured with a clean amber-red body with some hints of pink near the bottom of the glass, 1 finger tan head that dropped to a thick lace that left some nice sticky spots on the glass, and medium-heavy carbonation.

S- The aroma was predominantly sweet malts that gave the impression of caramel and a light nuttiness.

T- Again there were sweet malts and a nutty flavor as suggested by the aroma.

M- It was pretty clean. The carbonation left a foamy feel in the mouth. There was little bite from either carbonation or hopping.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker, but it didn't do enough to really make me want to seek it out again.

Overall- I'd say it's pretty similar to the fall offering of the Pecan Harvest Ale. I'm not overly well-versed with Abita, but the last two beers I've tried from them seem very close to one another characteristically.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 22:56:57 | More by GRPunk
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3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light to medium-bodied ale with a reddish copper color and aromas of caramel malts and a touch of citrus hops. A slight hop bitterness is balanced with flavors of toasted and caramel malt. The recipe for this ale changes every year. This year their Christmas ale drinks like either a hoppy red ale or a mild pale ale (IMO).

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 16:55:02 | More by Gouxman
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2.4/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - This beer poured a reddish brown the screamed Christmas to me, but produced a foamy light tan head that did not retain and left no lacing on the side of the glass

S - Some malty, slightly nutty character that makes a peak at a Brown

T - This beer was good on the malts character, again some nuttiness that leads to the Brown Ale characteristics, but nothing that I would interpret as a Christmas style

M - This beer had a medium body, with tons of carbonation that and tiny, quickly rising bubbles

D - This beer starts off as an alright Brown Ale, but really disappoints as a Christmas beer, although I love that Abita actually has the balls to put Christmas on the label, this is not a good seasonable beer

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 20:22:03 | More by cvfish
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery color-very clean and clear. Mild malty aroma-somewhat nutty. Malty and nutty flavor upfront. Decent level of bitterness. Just a hint against the malty backdrop. Somewhat "coppery" flavor-almost blood like. Ok enough mouthfeel Above average overall. On the cusp of being a very decent beer

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 20:33:23 | More by lackenhauser
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2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee color with a beige head, opaque in a clear pint glass.

Smell: Warm cinnimmon spice smell overwhelms the nostrils.

Mouthfeel: Average dark beer texture, somewhat thick.

Taste: Initial taste is toffee with a spicy aftertaste.

Drinkability: Hard to put down more than one of these without wanting to eat some gingerbread or peacan pie.

Overall: This was my first christmas ale and it was delicious but a taste that can only be aquired in the winter months. Abita consistently surpises me with every brew I try.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 18:51:22 | More by LordFinley
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3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a 6pack at J's mart in Tupelo, MS

Poors an amber brown with about 1" of head, it was rather hard to pick up a smell but there were hints of citrus.
Tasted a little bitter, nothing harsh though because at the same time you could also call it sweet, I picked up vague orange and some carmel, maybe some citrus also. It's hard to put my finger on what it actually tasted like and it leaves me with another 5 bottles to help me make up my mind if I actually like this or not. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing bad about this beer, just nothing outstanding either.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 14:36:00 | More by yesferro
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2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A crystal clear but lightly reddish copper topped by a dense, creamy tan khaki colored head. Lots of fine lacing down the glass. Lightly fruity caramel malt.

Crisp and light faint caramel malt, some herbal English-style hops. Light and crisp in the mouth with a very clean finish.

That's about it. A light, mildly refreshing ale in a style I'm not that crazy about to begin with. Not bad I suppose, just not much here.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 20:55:30 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When initially poured it had a clear copper/amber color with a little head. Unfortunately the head disappeared quickly leaving nothing. The head aside this has a very nice color and appearance to it.

The smell is something that is very hard to pick up on at first. Eventually there is a slight hint of citrus, apple and some spice that I can't quite put my finger on.

The taste is a little surprising because the smell was so hard to pick up on. There is a bitterness at the beginning but it leaves quickly followed by an amber ale flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 19:21:39 | More by ruckus232
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2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The 2008 Abita Christmas Ales pours a dark copper with a medium light beige head. There's not much to the aroma--just a faint hint of malt and coriander orange.

The taste is just a little malty, no hops, some peppery spices. Mouthfeel is light, some spicy heat yet sticky; an odd combination. There's also a sort of stale quality.

Overall, not one of the more drinkable Abita beers, and definitely not one of their better Christmas Ales. There are just too many other Christbas brews out there to bother with this 2008 version.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 03:42:26 | More by theghost3
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Christmas Ale 2008 from Abita Brewing Co.
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