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Christmas Ale 2011 - Abita Brewing Co.

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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
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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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Havion383, May 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Jude, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Mnewcomer1219, May 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +49.4%

StoutishDan, Apr 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

agreenman19, Apr 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

buffalobeerfan, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.43/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, reddish brown, nice fluffy white head. Not much aroma to this one, maybe some faint nuttiness. Taste is light to medium bodied, not a great mouthfeel. Some roasted malt, not much for hops. A very, boring bland beer for me.. this one did not work well for me at all. Odd finish to it even, something about the taste just feels off and I've had 100 better christmas seasonals than this one, I would pass in the future.

oriolesfan4, Mar 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

StaindProject86, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

buddydubbs, Mar 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

bdake, Mar 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

bigbeers84, Mar 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

skmann, Feb 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

lcdawg, Feb 27, 2012
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1/5  rDev -68.6%

corrrance, Feb 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Atyoungberg, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Doppelbockulus, Feb 10, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

jharkins07, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Knapp85, Feb 09, 2012
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

Sagehawk, Feb 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

maryd837, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gambrinus1184, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

HollandTunnels, Feb 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

weezarc, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

astebelton, Feb 02, 2012
Christmas Ale 2011 from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.