1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Christmas Ale 2011 - Abita Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Christmas Ale 2011Christmas Ale 2011

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

152 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 152
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)
View: Beers (49) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 152 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of StoutishDan


4.75/5  rDev +49.4%

04-06-2012 06:36:57 | More by StoutishDan
Photo of agreenman19


3/5  rDev -5.7%

04-01-2012 23:22:48 | More by agreenman19
Photo of buffalobeerfan

New York

3/5  rDev -5.7%

03-25-2012 15:37:43 | More by buffalobeerfan
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 23:06:51 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

03-11-2012 16:00:14 | More by UltimateLivewire
Photo of StaindProject86


4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

03-11-2012 03:12:34 | More by StaindProject86
Photo of buddydubbs

4/5  rDev +25.8%

03-04-2012 20:41:21 | More by buddydubbs
Photo of bdake


3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

03-03-2012 04:04:09 | More by bdake
Photo of bigbeers84


3/5  rDev -5.7%

03-01-2012 09:45:50 | More by bigbeers84
Photo of skmann


3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

02-28-2012 14:03:28 | More by skmann
Photo of lcdawg


2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

02-27-2012 16:16:21 | More by lcdawg
Photo of corrrance


1/5  rDev -68.6%

02-22-2012 06:59:20 | More by corrrance
Photo of Atyoungberg


3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

02-16-2012 22:58:26 | More by Atyoungberg
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 22:47:54 | More by Doppelbockulus
Photo of jharkins07


2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

02-09-2012 19:49:13 | More by jharkins07
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:53:38 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Sagehawk


2/5  rDev -37.1%

02-08-2012 23:24:21 | More by Sagehawk
Photo of maryd837


2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

02-07-2012 07:20:53 | More by maryd837
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 02:23:15 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of HollandTunnels


4/5  rDev +25.8%

02-04-2012 17:22:53 | More by HollandTunnels
Photo of weezarc


3/5  rDev -5.7%

02-04-2012 01:38:42 | More by weezarc
Photo of astebelton


3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

02-02-2012 19:48:35 | More by astebelton
Photo of krs0123

New Jersey

1.53/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

on tap into a long trail pint glass.

A - reddish brown, 1/2 inch head, clearish.

S - earthy and dull, lacks the spicy or sweet smell expected from most xmas beers.

T - it would be a stretch to go with earthy hops up front. overwhelming wood notes. unlike anything i've ever tasted. in a bad way...

M - Carbonation was a bit light for me in this style. Watery.

O - I got halfway through it. I enjoyed nothing about this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 12:56:47 | More by krs0123
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear dark amber with a tan colored head. Some lace here and a decent skim retention.

Earthy notes and over-browned bread crust. Something else too -- reminds me of pine needles (not piney hops).

Brown bitter breadcrust, a resinous pine flavor, maybe some mint, the flavor waters down a bit, but that is ok, as I'm not sure if anything beyond this intensity would work. Piney/odd light spice intermingling with bitterness on the tail end of this one. The more I drink this, the better I like it.

A little watery, a little mushy. I want a lot more tingle.

This is not a traditional brown, but kinda like a brown, a sahti, and an old ale all combined and left to go semi-flat. Needs better structure, but the malt and spice work ok. I'm probably a bit generous in the rating, but I am rewarding a risky, non-gimmicky brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 23:49:02 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of bmcduff2


1/5  rDev -68.6%

01-27-2012 07:31:32 | More by bmcduff2
Christmas Ale 2011 from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.