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Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.

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76
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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 11-18-2012)
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Reviews by babayaga:
Photo of babayaga
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%

Purchased from Brix in Omaha, poured into stem porter glass.

Appearance is reddish brown. Clear. 2 finger frothy head with a mixture of bubble sizes. Healthy head that stays around.

Aroma is big toffee, nutty, caramel. Grassy? hop comes out with some air.

Medium body, soft carbonation, light creamy mouthfeel. Slightly slick.

Decently balanced between sweet and bitter, relatively short finish. Very pleasant.

babayaga, Nov 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of nstroup
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

nstroup, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

SmellsofMahagony, May 17, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev +3%

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, dark berries, and clove

Taste: toasted malt, light berries, sweet chocolate, clove and light roasted malt towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with a slightly bitter finish

Overall: Holiday ale in every sense of the word. Solid but a six pack is enough. After that I will not seek this out. I seem to remember enjoying previous Christmas Ales more. This will not stop me though from looking forward to next year's release.

tigg924, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev +21.2%

reitzbrewing, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of deebo
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%

Poured from a bottle with a BB date of 3/2/13 into a chalice provides a finger of slightly off white head. Clear and light brown/ruby red in color. Aromas of lightly toasted barley malt, floral/citrus hops with a hint of cinnamon. The aroma is much more pleasing than the taste. This is a confused beer. I'm getting lots of different flavors here but not one is dominant and I can't put my finger on it. This beer finishes bitter. Weak in body and high in carbonation. Poor beer.

deebo, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Best before 9 March 2013 printed on neck, (2012 vintage).

Aroma: Earthy, herbal and piney hops dominate. A winter APA? Nutty with an unfortunate hint of burnt rubber.

A: A medium-dark brown beer which pours with a tall, creamy off-white head. Good retention and spotty lacing on the glass.

T - Dark roasted malt comes forward to join the earthy, herbal and grassy ("weed', that is), very grassy, hops. There's a good bit of roasted nuts and some chocolate too, but no evidence of spicing (not that that's a bad thing).

Feel: medium-light body seems too thin. Excellent medium carbonation. Nicely dry finish.

O: Abita's 2012 Christmas Ale is an interesting winter brew with a very earthy hop treatment. The lack of "holiday spices" and the very grassy aroma and flavor make this more appropriate for winter in general than for Xmas.

chinchill, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of JMS1512
3/5  rDev -9.1%

JMS1512, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of dacrza1
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%

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....

dacrza1, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.74/5  rDev +13.3%

Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany brown with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Nice lacing with good stick.

Smell - Aroma consists of predominantly earthy character, moderate pine, slight herb and peppery spice, faint caramel.

Taste - Earthy, woody character upfront. Subtle walnut undertones. Peppery. Hops are floral with touches of pine. Finishes quick

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with ample carbonation, which bites at the tongue. Goes down smooth, with a slightly watery finish.

Overall - One of the better beers I've had from Abita. Nice, interesting flavor. Doesn't quite hit the level I'd prefer, but it still delivers.

TheSixthRing, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

atlbravsrno1, Sep 03, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

leinie13, Nov 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

shoretaxi, Apr 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Kunstman, Apr 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Ajlvt, Dec 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Hank_Scorpio, Mar 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

HideYaBeer, May 05, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a translucent light to medium brown colour with tinges of reddish notes. A tan coloured finger and a half of head and leaves a lot of spongy lacing. The Aroma is nice, pleasant, with notes of brown sugar, caramel and nutty malts. Last couple of years have been a little hoppier, but this is more like a winter warmer. Tastes of herbal hops, caramel and some fruit-like sweetness. The after taste and the finish is a bit soft. Light bodied, somewhat crisp, refreshing, but leaves something to be desired as a Christmas beer.

It's pretty decent, but I've definitely liked previous years better.

EgadBananas, Nov 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

jaydoc, Oct 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

tjcamm, Jul 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

e911mann, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +31.8%

Abita Christmas Ale 2012 has a thick, foamy, beige head and a clear, bubbly, copper appearance. There is a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweetness, fruit, spice- really a fruitcake type thing. Taste is of sweet malts, brown bread, fruit cake, spices, and grapefruit. There is a nice hop bite showing up in mid-sip and into the finish. Mouthfeel is light, and Abita Christmas Ale 2012 finishes semi-dry, flavorful, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a really enjoyable, festive beer, and I rate it pretty high. Check it out!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Bearman13
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Bearman13, Jan 20, 2013
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Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.