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Christmas Ale 2011 - Abita Brewing Co.

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152 Ratings
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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)
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RyanSBrennan

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

12-21-2012 01:11:04 | More by RyanSBrennan
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

12-07-2012 16:00:47 | More by Damian74Shensky
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mwar

Kentucky

2/5  rDev -37.1%

11-26-2012 22:23:33 | More by mwar
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

11-16-2012 17:01:47 | More by JeffTheJuice
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

11-11-2012 18:16:28 | More by skaboom420
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robertaddis

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

11-10-2012 03:32:00 | More by robertaddis
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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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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 01:43:21 | More by Fatehunter
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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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sendbeer

Georgia

1/5  rDev -68.6%

10-22-2012 16:54:45 | More by sendbeer
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MidtowneMarket

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

08-23-2012 03:04:39 | More by MidtowneMarket
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Cjalbers


2/5  rDev -37.1%

08-23-2012 01:13:53 | More by Cjalbers
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bicyclesnbeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +25.8%

08-19-2012 13:49:17 | More by bicyclesnbeer
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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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Rdel444

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +49.4%

08-03-2012 14:26:11 | More by Rdel444
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elspaniard


2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

08-02-2012 03:55:14 | More by elspaniard
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Today is my Christmas in July! I am emptying out my backlog of bottles and this just surfaced in the inventory. Cheers!

From the bottle: "Each year at the Abita Brewery we craft a special dark ale for the holiday season. Each year the recipe changes so that Abita Christmas Ale is always the perfect gift."

My pour achieved a finger of fizzing tawny head that quickly fizzed its way out of existence. Color was a deep reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled minty, wintergreen with a hint of chocolate. I was put in mind of a Girl Scouts Thin Mint or a Peppermint Patty. Nice. Mouthfeel was medium and it really tasted like a liquid G. S. Thin Mint! Man, I was digging that. Finish was semi-dry and again, the Thin Mint comparison held up. Happy Christmas in July!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 00:34:13 | More by woodychandler
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circus_cat

Virginia

4/5  rDev +25.8%

07-19-2012 23:11:49 | More by circus_cat
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The_1084


3/5  rDev -5.7%

07-19-2012 03:28:25 | More by The_1084
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

07-11-2012 00:21:09 | More by rolltide8425
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mfc


3.78/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually REALLY love this beer and am a little surprised to see the low-ish ratings!

A: Pours a dark red/brown color with a thick head and nice lacing.

N: Very heavy on the pine in a good way. Maybe it's because I normally drink this during the holidays and the pine gives me the warm and fuzzies, but I love it. Grapefruit follows and then a hint of caramel malt on the back end.

T: More bitter than I would expect from the smell, but great. Nice and hoppy with a good malt balance. Really roasty, nutty, piney. Malt finish.

M: Smoothhhh. Love it. Medium carbonation. Can't taste the booze (average ABV so not surprising there)

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 17:26:53 | More by mfc
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mcouillard

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +25.8%

07-06-2012 20:46:57 | More by mcouillard
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barczar

Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 22:42:29 | More by barczar
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JRA128


3/5  rDev -5.7%

06-10-2012 03:27:11 | More by JRA128
Christmas Ale 2011 from Abita Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.