Christmas Ale 2011 - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by barczar:
3.4/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours a clear amber brown color with a half inch fairly solid egg white head that lingers, leaving a hint of lacing when it dissipates.
Heavy toffee and butterscotch aromas dominate, with toasted breadcrust, nuttiness, and a hint of roast malt and pine rounding out the profile. There's a bit of vanilla.
The flavor has an underlying pine character throughout, with heavily toasted malt, almost burnt, and toffee dominating mid palate and carrying into the slightly burnt, bitter finish. Tastes like a burnt pine tree might taste. Vanilla and a hint of ginger emerge as it warms.
Body is on the light side of moderate, with moderate carbonation and a slightly astringent finish. A touch of alcohol warmth is present.
I'm not a huge christmas beer fan, but this is at least not spice overload. I'd probably enjoy this a lot more sans the burnt malt character. Will revisit at christmas.
06-14-2012 22:42:29 | More by barczar
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3.3/5 rDev +3.8%
Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, red-brown in color, clear
Smell: toasted malt and cinnamon
Taste: wood, toasted malt, and citrus hops at the end
Mouthfeel: bitter with slight sweetness, moderate carbonation, medium bodied
Overall: This one is ok to just above ok. I have liked other Abita Christmas Ales better. This is kinda like a hoppy American brown. I could have a six of this, but it is not overly memorable.
01-18-2012 16:03:35 | More by tigg924
3.7/5 rDev +16.4%
Pours a deep crimson amber ruby brown color in the body with a light beige head forming thick and dwindling down. Aroma is a bit skunky with earth and pine pretty christmas ale-ish though. Flavor has mild pine a bit of citrus and harsh flavors going on with a middle of the road caramel malt backbone it's the new Christmas tree beer. Definitely not one dimensional a bit earthy and spicy with Christmas flavors I'm actually enjoying this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a session ale diving down for a Christmas beer from outside of NOLA. Actually a pretty solid offering what's up with this beer being so good and matching my palate during the holiday season, damn good.
12-29-2011 07:30:45 | More by WVbeergeek
3.65/5 rDev +14.8%
2012 bottle? No date but I bought it and am drinking it on 31 Oct 2012.
Two fingers of head. Dark brown body, barely transparent.
Smells like toffee, nutmeg and pine.
Stronger bitterness, mildly malty without any serious sweetness.
Soft and fizzy texture. Medium body.
Pretty good Christmas Ale. A good "Christmas" smell but without the weird spice flavors.
11-01-2012 01:43:21 | More by Fatehunter
3.68/5 rDev +15.7%
Very nice clear dark amber color, decent head that settles.
Nose is toasty and hoppy. Smells like plain rice cakes.
Taste is hoppy, but not extreme, with some milt toastyness from the malt. Very similar to a Newcastle Brown ale with a little more hop character.
Very refreshing mouthfeel, light with medium fizz.
02-10-2012 22:47:54 | More by Doppelbockulus
2.6/5 rDev -18.2%
A: Pours a reddish brown with a very small white head that dissipates quickly.
S: Mild aroma of hops and a kind of sour funk.
T: The taste has a sharp bitterness up front along with that weird funk from from the smell. Fades to a very slight toasted malt flavor.
O: I can't say I enjoyed this offering very much. The flavors just did not play well together.
12-20-2011 00:21:14 | More by rebel1771
3.98/5 rDev +25.2%
Pours a nice, mostly transparent medium brown, with a light colored finger of head. Aroma is pleasant, with a pretty nice floral hoppy note, nutty, chocolate malts with some slight roasty notes. Roasted malts taste, with light chocolate and nuttiness, caramel and a nice spicy, floral, light citrus hop finish. Medium body, but the lighter side. Average, not bad.
As usual, Abita's Christmas remains one of the few seasonal's that I enjoy thoroughly.
11-06-2011 22:40:37 | More by EgadBananas
3.48/5 rDev +9.4%
Christmas over.. but not for ME! Let's so how this plays out. Poured into a nonic pint glass.
A simple foamy three finger off white head produced, sits on a dark ruby and clear body. Head is a bit "potted" but seems to hold up well.
Nose is interesting. Sugar sweet mild nutmeg like spice, and a light brown sugar. Malt seems a little buried, but I am liking this sweetness angle.
Taste is an interesting mix. Not as sweet forward, but brings a very burnt grain. A little watery with not such a pleasant finish. Very burnt and wet finish and very fleeting.
Overall not that great, as the beer warms it starts loosing appeal to me and gets quite one dimensional. Feels like a very watered down brown ale, and missing the sweet notes that are on the nose which never seem to return.
01-05-2012 02:06:50 | More by smakawhat
Christmas Ale 2011 from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.