Christmas Ale 2011 - Abita Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 153 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
2.43/5 rDev -23.6%
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.
03-15-2012 23:06:51 | More by oriolesfan4
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
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
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
1.53/5 rDev -51.9%
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.
01-31-2012 12:56:47 | More by krs0123
3.58/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
01-27-2012 23:49:02 | More by OtherShoe2
Christmas Ale 2011 from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.