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Christmas Ale 2011 - Abita Brewing Co.

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74
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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 23.27%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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: EgadBananas on 11-06-2011)
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skmann

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

02-28-2012 14:03:28 | More by skmann
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cantfindme

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

01-06-2012 03:00:11 | More by cantfindme
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jtmcgraw

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

12-30-2011 22:06:10 | More by jtmcgraw
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justinm4bama

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

01-19-2012 03:46:01 | More by justinm4bama
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duff247

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

12-18-2011 05:14:37 | More by duff247
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tmt71883

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

10-25-2012 19:32:32 | More by tmt71883
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

01-20-2012 06:08:31 | More by fuzzcherry
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bpackertx

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

01-15-2012 22:45:10 | More by bpackertx
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bdake

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

03-03-2012 04:04:09 | More by bdake
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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +9.4%

It is brown and it is an ale, but it is also boring, like a brown can be. It's not my favorite style.

It has a nice head and a mildly pleasing aroma. The taste follows. At least it is easy drinking, but I will try to avoid this in the future.

Why are so many christmas ales mediocre browns.

12-09-2011 02:10:45 | More by schoolboy
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

3.45/5  rDev +8.5%

Dark amber/light brown clear liquid with an off-white head.

Aroma is hoppy with some earthy notes. Something is strange in the background but I can't place what it is.

Flavor is... well disappointing. I expect spices and something special for a Christmas ale, but this was fairly pedestrian. Seemed like more of a garden variety pale ale that is a little darker than average.

Some lingering coppery notes.

Not a bad beer I suppose but not quite what I expected.

11-21-2011 04:57:22 | More by jmbranum
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +8.5%

This beer poured out as a brownish red color, with a tan colored head on top. The smell of the beer has some light toasted notes with some spices mixed in there also. The taste of the beer was a little spicy but not anything too flavorful here. There was a slight flavor of Christmas berries in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty smooth with a dry finish. Overall this beer wasn't terrible but had room for improvement.

02-09-2012 03:53:38 | More by Knapp85
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barczar

Kentucky

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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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev +5.3%

Out of a bottle this beer was a perfectly clear, garnet color with a two finger khaki-colored head. It displayed good retention as a collar and left lacing in sliding bands and spots. The aroma was complex filled with toasted grains, caramel malt, a hint of nuts and light hops. The flavors were odd for a "Christmas Ale," in my opinion. I tasted lots of roasted and toasted malt hints of caramel and coffee beans and wood. Semi-sweet at first, it eased towards a rooty, earthy finish of bitterness. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation medium/light. Not bad per se, but it reminded me of Autumn and not Christmas.

07-28-2012 18:48:12 | More by thekevlarkid
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.28/5  rDev +3.1%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark red with a 1.5 finger tan head that does not fade away. Great score for appearance.

Aroma is of earthy hops and cedar. Perhaps some ginger thrown in as well.

Taste is much like the smell. The same earthy/weedy hop flavor that comes through on the aroma along with some ginger notes. Not a lot of malt flavor, though and everything is quick to fade into a lingering bitterness. Not terribly complex.

Overall, this is just an ok beer. It seems like it is so close to being very good. I would probably get it again, though.

12-05-2011 21:55:03 | More by rangerred
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RDW

Nebraska

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-28-2013 01:40:35 | More by RDW
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-08-2012 06:34:29 | More by russpowell
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DCdevyl78

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-15-2014 23:23:39 | More by DCdevyl78
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-27-2013 01:47:23 | More by sixerofelixir
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harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-15-2012 14:14:36 | More by harpus
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a stubby 12-ounce bottle into a New England Patriots pint glass.

A: Poured a dark, caramel-amber color with a two-finger thick head of off-white carbonation that subsided quickly and left little more than a faint ring of soap suds.

S: Malty with a hint of spicy hops and nutmeg. Some powdery chestnut and fruity esters kick around as well.

T: Fairly straightforward two-row caramel malt up front with a hint of seltzery, metallic bitterness, stewed fruits and a little veggie flavor as well. The hops come in around mid-palate with some light, spicy and citrus flavors before washing down pretty clean and balanced with little residual bitterness or sweetness.

M: Clean, balanced, trending more medium bodied, but lacking the richness to be very satisfying.

O: A mediocre 5.5% ABV American brown/amber ale but a change of pace from the slew of other winter brews. Not bad for Abita, but not great for a craft beer. I'll reach for an English style or something with more hop bite to chase my winter blues.

02-07-2012 02:23:15 | More by Gambrinus1184
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PorterLover83

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -0.9%

Really nice lacing. Pours a dark red almost brown color with a thin white head. Smell was a little more hoppy than I expected for a brown ale. Maybe some biscuit smell in there too. Not too hoppy in the taste. Actually almost non existent. Malty flatness. For the style its pretty on par. Not sure if its my style though. Mouthfeel is medium and feels just right. Pretty good overall simple sipping beer.

11-23-2011 20:13:16 | More by PorterLover83
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.1/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Clear, dark cherry color with a small head that quickly disappears. Decent lacing.

Smell: strong hop presence; piney.

Taste: earthy, hoppy. Dry, hop finish with cinnamon and nutmeg. Not what I was expecting. Where did the malts go?

Mouthfeel: medium; oily coating on the tongue

Overall: This is a hophead's Christmas dream. Only I'm not a hophead. And it really doesn't taste like a Christmas ale. I really miss the malt presense that's been in past batches. Let it warm, the taste gets smoother. But don't expect any snow this Christmas.

11-18-2011 15:05:30 | More by brewskifan55
Christmas Ale 2011 from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.