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Christmas Ale 2010 - Abita Brewing Co.

Christmas Ale 2010Christmas Ale 2010

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 17.44%


Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% 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: tone77 on 11-06-2010)
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mgironta

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured with a one finger off white head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing to speak of on the glass. The body is a cloudy chestnut-brown color. On the nose, I got a lot of nuttiness and maltiness going on. It also had another scent, almost an unpleasant sweetness. Hmm, this is odd. On the taste, it’s not what I expected at all. It has some caramel malt and nuttiness, but it’s very watery. Medium carbonation also comes through on the brew. This brew was definitely underflavored, at least for me. The finish had nothing on it. I’m usually a big fan of Abita brews, but this is just not a pleasant brew for me. It’s also not what I would expect out of a Christmas beer. Definitely would not have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 23:08:24 | More by mgironta
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Pegasus

Texas

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, deep amber brown with a dense, persistent cream-colored cloud top head. Abundant Belgian lace adorns the glass walls. Numerous streams of fat bubbles drif lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Lots of toasted malts, caramel, a little cocoa as well, modest herbal hops, and slight spices.

Taste: Opens with nut and toffee notes. A pronounced undercurrent of cold coffee is present throughout the taste. Caramel is present as well, with hints of dark fruit and brown sugar. Toward the close of the taste, pine tar hops appear and linger well past the close. The finish is a bit dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the style, with a little Christmas spicing as well.

Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 16:04:00 | More by Pegasus
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Christmas Ale (2010 edition) has a thick, frothy, off-white head and a very clear amber appearance, with moderate carbonation; spaced lacing is present down the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts and dark coffee. Taste is of dark roasted barley, dark roast coffee, and a hop under-spice; all of these come together in a delicious triad. Mouth-feel is medium, and Abita Christmas Ale (2010) has a nice, settled finish. Overall, I quite enjoyed this pleasant, mild ale.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 00:16:31 | More by RonaldTheriot
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a near-clear red-brown color with a large head of light beige foam. Head dies down to a lasting thin coat and leaves a little lacing.

A - Medium and light malt with earthy hops, toffee and hints of dark fruit with some light 'winter' spicing.

T: Vanilla, toffee, light spicy hops and figs, over a solid malt base. Somewhat earthy and nutty. "Christmas" flavor notes are under control here, excepting perhaps the vanilla, but thankfully there is no overblown nutmeg or cinnamon.

MF: Light/medium body; good medium carbonation

O - An above-average, easy drinking offering from Abita. Good economical winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 20:28:13 | More by chinchill
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes, drank this early February

Pours brown with a pinky of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Fruittyness, woody hops & toffee

T: Toffee, brown sugar & figgyness up front. Some nutty notes as this warms, along with caramel & piney hops. Finishes dry with brown sugar & toffee

MF: Light/medium bodied, medium carbonation & nice balance

Drinks easy, a cut above Abita's usual offerings

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 14:59:20 | More by russpowell
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy amber-brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel. It is simple aroma, but strong enough to be of mild interest. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the caramel does have some depth to it. Still it is a rather simple taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could drink again. There are better brown ales out there, but I would never have a problem drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 22:45:59 | More by KarlHungus
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Mahogany body with a sizeable frothy off-white head and a fair amount of lacing.

Nutty and toasty aromas with a bit of cocoa and light herbal notes Not too strong, but pleasant enough. Flavor is a bit lacking, chiefly due to a metallic/tangy hop flavor that's reminiscent of tea that's been steeped too long. Some char lends a bit of harshness; not particularly smooth-drinking. A single was plenty of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 22:40:18 | More by PDXHops
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a nice, ruby-brown color, pretty clear. About a fingers worth of head that dissipates pretty quickly, but has very nice lacing.

S: Little nutty, some sweet malt and strong note of hops.

T: Sweet malt and nuts up front, maybe a little nutmeg and spice little Christmas like. All of this is balanced out with a hoppy finish. Aftertaste is a little on the bitter side.

M: Lighter than I was expecting, not very thick feeling, like most Christmas beers I've had. Not bad but not expected.

D: Very drinkable, not like most Christmas beers I've had but still a very likable beer from Abita. ABV is good and so is the taste. Worth a look.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 05:32:32 | More by mralphabet
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Clear chestnut pour with almost reddish highlights and wispy tan head. Sweet malty aroma with some toastiness. Flavor has hints of cherries, molassis, toffee, and lots of caramel. Nutmeg in the flavor, No real other 'holiday' spices, but that might be because of the age. Interesting that they change the recipe every year. Did not like 2010 at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 19:47:08 | More by CuriousMonk
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deadliest

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark red-brown with light khaki head.
S: Sweet bread, cocoa powder, roasted malt. Just light over all to me, though.
T: Sweet malt, light hops... more sweet malt.
M: Thin, light on the palate, nice carbonation, a little watery.
D: Not bad, just too one dimensional, and I don't like that dimension enough to want this again I think. Still not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 01:54:59 | More by deadliest
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claybeer

Oklahoma

2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't seen this color before...a nice sandy brown color with a touch of auburn. the head was a little thin, starting about one finger but disappeared quickly. It was a nice frothy tan color. The nose is a spicy, peppery, floral and a touch of malt. It was a bit gritty and tart but a warm herbal flavor. Some fig and dried fruit follows. The mouth feel is only ok. It lacks something but overall a nice easy drinking winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 22:00:44 | More by claybeer
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

tone77 wants me to keep him in CANs as he helps to keep my bottle numbers in alignment, so ours is a symbiotic relationship as traders. I am all about Abita anyway, so it is not a challenge or a chore to drink one of their beers. TheChauffeur1 and I actually stopped in at their beer bar headed north and west leaving Nawlins and I had the totally memorable Oysters Abitafeller for lunch. I would like to dedicate this review to all of my Bulldog homies (Jeremy, Adem, Jackie and The Beer Buddha, who I kept missing on my last visit).

From the bottle: "A Christmas gift should be special. Selected especially for you. A great deal of money need not be spent., but a considerable amount of thought should be expended. So, with you in mind, each year at the Abita Brewery we craft a very special Christmas Ale. Every year the recipe changes. Abita Christmas Ale is a perfect gift. It's always the right color and fits nicely in your hand. ... we hope it's just what you wanted."

My aggro pour left me facing a rocky finger-and-a-half of mocha-tan head with medium retention. Color was a deep brownish-red with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose had the cocoa-biscuitiness of the style. Yum! if you have ever had a chocolate biscotti, you will understand. Mouthfeel was medium and the chocolate malt just jumped out on the the tongue, but with a noticeable hop bitterness underlying the overall sweetness. Finish was more bitter than sweet and seemed to put it out of balance on the whole. I have had better beers from Abita and I would steer you to one of those and away from this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 00:51:36 | More by woodychandler
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a orange brown, with a thick 2-3 finger frothy off white head. Head clung to the sides well, only lasted a few minutes before thinning out considerably. Aroma was minimal, was mostly sweet brown bread. Flavor was malty and earthy, with a tad of burnt brown sugar. Felt ok in the mouth, coated nicely, and was well carbonated. Almost slightly chewy. A very pleasant to drink beer, just a bit strange to be a christmas selection.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 00:48:13 | More by mountdew1
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waterintobeer

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a amber colored brown with a one finger head. When held up to the light the beer appears a dark red. It smells of malt and a little musky-ness. There is a decent amount of lacing around the glass. The flavor is mainly of malt, a spicy hop character would prove invaluable in this beer. Much too malt sweet with not enough counter balance. Some thing is a bit off, possibly because I am reviewing this Christmas beer in February. The date says it is good until April, although I would not want to have one that far out. There is a decent amount of carbonation but not enough festive flavors to call this a Christmas ale. Since this is classified as a brown ale, I would say that it is alright for that style, definitely not the best.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 06:42:11 | More by waterintobeer
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Billolick

New York

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, twist off cap, label is all christmas colors, unlike the one show above...just sayin...pours pretty typical looking for for a brown, slightly hazed under next to no head. The highlight here might be the nose, which is fairly robust with notes of dark and nicely roasty malts.

Tastewise things get fairly thin, with just a hint and a half of more dark maltyness, with a metallic note tossed in to boot.

Not much of a finish...not much of a effort here for what supposed to be a festive "Christmas beer"...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 02:29:05 | More by Billolick
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish brown, with a creamy tan head. Smells of freshly split tree nuts, and a bit of darkly toasted bread. Taste is plums up front, with a bunch of dark caramel following. After that its a dry earthy hop finish. A bit watery IMO. Mouthfeel is good, low carbonation. Drinkability is good. A bit hoppier than your average brown ale, though the body on this is very dry, surprisingly so for a Brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 01:28:24 | More by tronester
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clearish, red-brown color with a large cap of light beige foam. Nice retention and lacing.

Dark plum fruit with some cinnamon and sugar dusting. Tropical hop aromas meld well with the soft caramel malt.

Pretty sure there is a little bit of spicing going on here, but it is very mild. Biscuity malt with a fruitcake-dough yeast presence. Fairly sweet, but some toast and hop bitterness clean things up pretty well. I guess brown ale is as good of classification as any, but it is not your typical brown ale. The Abita christmas beers always have the same mild vibe to them even though they claim to use a different recipe every year. Easy drinking six-pack that can vanish pretty quickly. I got this on sale for 3.99 and am very happy with it for that price.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 22:55:00 | More by twiggamortis420
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WesWes

New York

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted malt scent along with a mild caramel malt sweetness. There is a subtle nuttiness as well. The taste is decent. It has a thin roasted and caramel malt flavor. It goes down with ease and finishes bone dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but just an average brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:05:06 | More by WesWes
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curasowa

New York

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper color with 1 finger of head that fades slowly with thick lacing

Aroma: Sweet, toasted grain with notes of toffee, burnt toast and piney hops

Taste: Toasted, nutty malt upfront followed by some prickly carbonation leading to a green hop bitterness that finishes pretty fast and clean, with just a touch of nuttiness returning.

The Rest: Body is creamy and just on the thin side of medium and drinkability is very good. Forget that this is a Christmas ale, this is one tasty brown!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 23:31:54 | More by curasowa
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Fnord

Texas

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear light brown with a lumpy and creamy off-white head.

Smell - Caramel, walnut, pine, alcohol, and maple.

Taste - Fairly subtle and malty. Surprisingly dry for a winter warmer, and with little to no spice to boot. Quite a bit of roasted malts, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation.

Notes - The roastiness is a pleasant surprise - I like a dry and roasty ale once in a while. I would call this more of a brown ale than a winter warmer, but it's interesting, so I don't mind. In my opinion, this is one of the better Abita beers so I'm looking forward to seeing what they brew up next year.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 16:45:52 | More by Fnord
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz short squat bottle, served in a small Tulip

A - pours with about 2 fingers of tight, yet creamy light tan foam. as it falls, leaves a sticky layer of film around the glass. the beer is clear, deep ruby and brown in color.

S - wiffs of chocolate, toasted nuts, lightly citrus and earthy hops, and rich, honeyed biscuits.

T - dominating sweet, biscuity malts. flashes of lightly bitter, citrus and muddy hops. sweetness creeps up, with cocoa and vanilla, nutmeg, and honey.

M - thin, quite thin. moderate to lightish carbonation fizzles. somewhat dry in the finish.

D - not bad, just lacking ome body an a bit more melding of flavors. doesnt exactly fit into the Brown Ale category either, more of an Amber.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 02:16:30 | More by Stigs
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Tone

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells slight roasted malt, sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight earthy malt, hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, good feel, but weak body.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 02:13:16 | More by Tone
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crossovert

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottlw with a shiny silver label. It has nothign noting what vintage it is, I am assuming 2010.

It pours a clear reddish brown with a foamy off-white head. The head doesn't stick for a huge amount of time and recedes with some decent lacing.

The smell is pretty hoppy for a Christmas beer. It ahs some nice citrus. There is also a papery smell and dark bread.

The flavor is kind of dull, it is a watery brown ale. Nothing exciting about it. Metallic flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 04:23:24 | More by crossovert
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up the other day as part of a mixed six pack, and was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Poured a deep amber red with a small white head. Aromas of sweet malt and earthy hops. On the palate, more of the same, medium bodied and quite drinkable. A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 04:24:27 | More by emmasdad
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours reddish brown in color when held up to the light....and I must say, It looks a little watery. One finger off-white head following a medium aggressive pour. Head has settled to a thin lace (consisting of plenty of big bubbles) rather quickly.

Smells of mild hops and sweet malts as well as something else that I just can't seem to pin point (and I'm not sure that I like it).

Taste is hoppy up front and then is get kind of thin and watered down towards the middle.

Thin mouthfeel with low carbonation.

I could drink several, but I'm not sure I'd want to.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not that I expect a lot from Abita or anything...but this is slightly disappointing. Too thin and water for a winter release of any kind. Easy drinking for someone who isn't into craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 01:49:55 | More by Morey
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Christmas Ale 2010 from Abita Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.