Christmas Ale 2009 - Abita Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Christmas Ale 2009Christmas Ale 2009

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

46 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.24%
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.

Christmas Ale (November - December) rounds out our calendar. Generally, this beer is a dark ale, however, the recipe changes each year, offering a unique product crafted with special care. Enjoy your holidays with Abita Christmas Ale.

(Beer added by: Bonhoeffer on 11-09-2009)
View: Beers (36) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 46 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JHeskew
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be the best beer I've ever had from Abita. Gorgeous red hue, nice creamy head that persists for a while. Good citrus and pine aroma, probably a little dry hopping in action. Excellent rich maltiness supporting some fantastic hop flavor. This reminds me a bit of Rogue American Amber, which is my favorite example of the style.

We have a home run, here. Can't believe I'm the first to review the '09.

Photo of BeerMark
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abita's Christmas Ale 2009 serves up a rich looking brown/red with an off white head. The nose detects some spiciness mixed with malt and hops. The taste is very likable to me. It's got a great malt backbone mixed with some bitter hoppiness. I really like a well balanced beer and this one delivers. Abita's Christmas Ale reminds me a little bit of one of my other favorites: Rogue's Santa's Private Reserve (minus the pacman yeast, of course). I'll be picking up more before the season is over.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an interesting beer. It had a dark, reddish appearance, with moderate carbonation. The smell was subtle and hard to detect. This was a very bitter ale, and I enjoyed it as I drank more. Mouth feel is very heavy; the beer felt fattening. Overall, I say this was excellent.

RJT

Photo of drunkboxer1
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red/amber. 2 inch white head. Smells of piney hops and lightly of roasted malt. Tastes sweet, bitter. American hops dominate the palate. Fairly high amounts of carbonation I think for the style. Starts of fairly crisp with the hops and carbonation and ends rather thick and sweet -although not cloying. I really like amber Christmas ales, and this one isn't an exception.

Photo of MisterClean
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to neil for spotting this beer.

A - Pours light mahogany with 2 fingers of off-white head. Dissipates slow and leaves very nice lacing.

S/T - Maple syrup, honey, ginger, all-spice, paired with grapefruitish hops and lightly bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, slightly hop dominated, and slightly dry.

D - Good overall. Would definitely seek this one out. Advise to let it warm up some as the maple flavors come out and help make this beer.

Photo of wesl56
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- pours a deep red/brown, small head with faint lacing

s- hard to tell whats going on here, kinda citrusy and yeasty, also smells a little like fruit, banana maybe?

t- again, lots going on here, i swear it tastes like there is lemon juice in here... interesting to drink, nothing bland or boring about this

m- for the color, its suprisingly light and refreshing, leaves little to no aftertaste

d- refreshing, easy to drink

abita's beers are always kinda off-the-wall to me, never predictable... this tastes like there are lots of ingredients and flavors mixed together... you almost taste something different with each sip... i wouldnt really associate this with other "christmas" beers, but it is an intriguing beer and for the low price, i'll try it again

Photo of katan
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear, filtered, deep brown color with amber hues. Head formation is mocha, well retained at 1mm. Doesn't look very bubbly.

S - Caramel and crystal malty notes balanced by a light noble hopping. A spice is present, which may be topped to the hopping.

T - Starts off with a potent bitter note, aggressive. Mid-stream develops some cascade hopping, bringing in more bitterness. Some nutty notes. Finishes with a floral hop flourish and some spicing. Aftertaste is rather earthy, with some wet hop notes.

M - Stinging palette, well carbonated. Leaves a light oily texture. Only lightly clinging.

D - Very easy drinking - abv is manageable. A bit filling from the carbonation. Certainly has the winter warmer sensation to it.

By far my favorite Abita beer to date. Feels like it belongs in my winter beer rotation.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a cream-colored head. The aroma is pretty hoppy with some caramel malt. The flavor is hop-driven with earthy and piney hops. You also get some caramel and toffee with some bready malt. The beer starts hoppy and ends malty. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. This is a good hoppy amber. Maybe the best beer from Abita I have tried.

Photo of degerbah
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown with three fingers of head. LOts of lacing as the head dies down. Smell is lots of flowery hops and maybe a hint of malt. The taste is much more balanced than I owuld have thought based on the smell. Much more malt to begin with with most of the hops evident in the aftertaste. A very easy drinker. I might try to load up on this before it goes out of season. This is much better than any other abita seasonal I've ever had.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Freshness date, but no actual date stamped.
It pours a dark sunset amber color with a thin off-white head along with some wispy trails of lacing.
Smells of dry malt dominate. A spicy mix of peppers, citrus peel and rye bread come to mind.
A fairly thin bodied malty taste blend of barley, Wheaties and dried fruit, blends well with an edgy citrusy and metallic hop bitterness. A faint alcoholic fuminess lingers.
Although the body is a bit thin for the style, we must take into account the climate this brew hails from. Wet and edgy seem to fit well with hot and humid weather.
It may taste a bit better because the Saints won the Super Bowl!
Who dat?

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this one as one of the extras in a trade with JFFoodie. Many thanks!

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed pilsner flute.

A nice deep amber-brown with spectacular clarity. A sizable frothy beige head billows forth and settles calmly into a thick, large-bubbled cap. Retention is very nice, and loads of stickage appears and holds on to the walls of the vessel as it empties.

The nose displays a smooth maltiness. Toast, biscuit, caramel, a hint of chocolate and roast with just a faint nuttiness. Aroma hops are limited to just a faint whiff of herbs and grass.

Medium-bodied with very little carbonation. The palate shows hops much more fully than the nose: a little sweet toffeeish malt comes in up front before a base of lightly toasted bread shows up to ground things. The hops show themselves almost immediately in the middle and sides, with a moderately astringent bitterness and showing flavors of grass, earth, and a touch of resin. Finish is quite bitter and dry, but some fruity esters show themselves toward the end. Grass-like hops linger afterward.

Drinkable and pleasant, though not really something to write home about for the holidays. My first sampling of Abita's Christmas Ale, and since the recipe changes from year to year, I look forward to hopefully trying future editions as well.

Photo of climax
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a transparent brown/red with a nice lingering tan head. Lace was spotty and a film occupied the top til the end.

Nose was well balanced. Citrus, especially orange, hops were met on the tail end by toasty caramel malt. A slight bit of sweetness, spices, and some metallic twang accompanied the main players.

Flavor was equally as balanced. Very nice biscuity toasted flavor with a bit of diacetyl and spice held strong from start to finish. Juicy citrus occupied the hop bill. The taste wasn't overly complex, but well balanced and I enjoyed the malt profile .

It doesn't seem as though the alcohol content is overly stout, and the flavors aren't strong enough to mask a substantial ABV. I'm not sure if winter warmer is the right term for the style, more of a red/amber IMO.

The body was on the shy side of medium, just a little watery but not bad. The carbonation was right on good and crisp. It's definitely drinkable, I could make a night out of a 6pk. Not a bad one from Abita.

Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice amber with thick head that leaves lots of lacing.
S- Sweet malt, caramel, spice, particularly ginger and all spice.
T- Taste is same as smell with spice playing bigger role. A bit of hops in there to balance things out nicely.
M- Smooth, initially creamy, finishes a bit crisp and dry.
D- It was a decent beer, but nothing tremendous. There are better holiday beers out there.

Photo of MNJR
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a relatively light and refreshing amber ale. Very good, actually, but odd that it is a "Christmas" specialty beer, because I would expect more of a heavy-bodied offering in that category. Nothing to scoff at, though. I don't have one right in front of me, but I'm not sure there would be much difference between this and Abita Amber, which I have had as recently as a couple months ago. Nice rich color, clean, smooth, well balanced flavor, and definitely tasty enough to have a few. ABV is not given, but it doesn't seem strong. An all-around fine ale, but lacking that "something special" in a holiday beer.

Photo of whynot44
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear red/amber color with a decent, but quick disipating light tan head but does manage a bit of sticky lacing.

The aroma is light caramel malt with hints of grass and citrus.

The taste is grassy hops up front with a biscuity malt backgroundand some hints of nuts and spice, especially toward the finish. The aftertaste is pine resin and grapefruit hops.

Light/medium bodied, fairly smooth and drinkable. Altogether a decent winter ale.

Photo of taigor
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into huge chalice glass.

A - Poured almost clear amber/brown color with decent head that slowly dissipates leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Very faint but what I picked up were malts and some nutty aroma.

T - Sweet malty start that is quickly overtaken by almonds and fruits with a slightly hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation that is just right.

D - Very drinkable beer. Would definitely like to have more in the future.

Photo of bob3701
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber color with red hints. Fluffy white head that hung around, it laced OK. Subtle hints of clove and nutmeg. Not at all overwhelming like other holiday spiced brews. A well made beer that went down nice and easy. I wish I had had more of this beer since there seemed to be other tastes yet to explore in it.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Christmas Ale was poured into a chalice. The color was a crisp and clear deep amber with a good inches' worth of creamy tan foam. The head faded down pretty fast to a small cap, and a nice amount of lacing was present throughout.

The aroma was upfront with a toasted, nutty aroma, and biscuit tones. Some caramel was noticed. Overall, it was very malty smelling and pleasing. There was slight spiciness noted in the aroma, and some grassiness from the hops.

The taste was forward with toasted malt, smooth and nutty. Some caramels were present, as was biscuit tones. The finish had touches of spice, grass, and a whisper of citrus. The aftertaste had a pleasant earthiness to it, with a grainy biscuit flavor.

The beer had a medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Some offerings from Abita have a thin body, but this wasn't the case with their Christmas Ale. The drinkability of this beer is pretty good. I wouldn't mind having a few in a session, but I don't think you could drink this all night.

This is my first sampling of Abita's Christmas Ale. It wasn't mind blowing, but it wasn't bad either. A good solid beer from one of my favorite breweries. I'll be sure to pick up this offering next Christmas to try the new recipe.

Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The '09 Christmas Ale pours medium amber in color, rather clear, and with an inch of light tan foam. Head settles somewhat quickly, yet keeping a nice film and leaving light lacing.

Spiced hop nose interplays with biscuit and toasted malts. No real sweetness picked up on the nose. Warming allows some malts and woody hops to create an allspice and hazelnut character.

Light caramel malt initiates the flavor, becoming dry and nutty in the middle and finishing with a bit of orange which lingers briefly. Carbonation fits the beer well, allowing for a smooth finish and a quick close as a light bitterness is developed, along with a subtle spiciness, through the back amidst a light cloaking of malts.

Offers a typically light body of an Abita beer, subtly spiced and moderate in ABV. Delicate and unobtrusive, drinkable though not challenging.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Cost Plus World Market. It was in the Abita Party Pack.

Appearance- reddish brown color, nice thick head, nice lacing

Smell- sweet roasted malt, hint of spice

Taste- sweet roasted malt

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I would try to find more of them.

Photo of wknight167
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Apearance - Pours a clear reddish brown with a 1 finger head that doesn't stick around for long, but leaves some decent lacing nonetheless.

Nose- Caramel dark fruit and toasted malts dominate. There is a faint spiciness and a hint of citrus present ass well, both probably from the hops.

Palate- Starts off caramelly sweet with cherries and raisins, moves to chocolatey toffee notes in the middle finishes with citrus, spices and a touch of bitter.

Mouthfeel- Slightly thin body and light on the carbonation.

Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this from a 12-oz bottle...

A: pours a darker amber color with a hint of red in it. A nic foam head with decent lacing. A good looking bier.
S: Mild ginger and spice aroma. Mod wheat bread. Clear in aroma, nothing skunky or uninviting about it.
T: Mild spices, follows the aroma well. A little malty. No bitter aftertaste. Not an overpowering taste, but good.
M: Enjoyable
D: This is a easy-to-drink bier. Could have a few without issue.

Overall, this is a good, but not great, Christmas ale. Abita always does a good job with their biers and this is without exception. I recommend this bier. Prosit.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, clear, amber in color, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, nutmeg, and bread

Taste: toasted malt, bread, caramel, and holiday spices including cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet with a small bitterness at the end

Drinkability: This tastes like an Abita beer with the malts that are present in most of their beers. The spice here is not overly dominate-rather it mixes with the malts. A step above subtle. I could have three in a sitting.

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Christmas Ale 2009 from Abita Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.