Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BeerFMAndy:
3.05/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.5% ABV, Best Before 03/02/13 printed on neck, (2012 vintage).
A - A ruby hue washes over the rusty amber beer which pours with perfect clarity. Some vigor creates a tall light cream head which towers in height for quite some time before fading to a sturdy pile of foam leaving thick, chunky lace on the pint.
S - Earthiness abounds with dust and crumbly dirt from brown malts create an interesting profile for a Christmas ale but there's also quite a bit added from earthy, faintly herbal and somewhat pine-y hops. It seems somewhat closed off at first and a swirl only encourages off-putting aromas of burnt rubber and new shoe (which normally is pleasing). Toasted bread and finishes.
T - A seemingly mild addition of roasted malt comes forward in a big way, pushing forwards with bitter baker's chocolate, gritty burnt toast, and the same dirt and dust earth qualities the aroma possesses. Mild herbal spice opens up more followed by more pine attributes which completely differentiate themselves from the American hops one might think of when "pine" is mentioned.
M - Abita's Christmas Ale has a medium-light body leaning more towards the latter as it finishes extremely dry with an unchecked almost astringent bitterness and odd pine flavor.
O - I can't say I'm going to finish this beer. It's not quite for me but I also don't think it's worthy of calling it a drain-pour outright. This Christmas ale's heavy earthiness, gritty bitterness, and pine seem unbalanced; a bad combination for my palate.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2012 00:39:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
More User Reviews:
2.63/5 rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Date Rated: April 13, 2013...
Glassware: Corsendonk snifter...
Occasion: Les Mis and a Creole brewery--straining thematic proximity...
Appearance: dark ruby velvet body with clinging off-white head--could be imposing with solid tracing as thee glass drains...
Aroma: pricks of spruce and citrus make this festive indeed; otherwise noteworthy for a brown ale...
Palate: full-bodied but oily, swiftly slickening the throat; flattened as soda--skunked?...
Taste: softened, mellow hops with enough malt to balance its flavor; not robust enough to garner interest in this genre ...
Overall: Okay, admittedly late for the Christmas beer seasonals, but they must be consumed sooner than later...this one is curious--alcohol strength is undetectable, but thee thinness of the beer ill-suits the style--this particular bottle may have been aged (a month after its best-by date) and thus could be adversely affected....
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2013 02:11:01 | More by dacrza1
Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.