Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.
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Reviews by chinchill:
3.31/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2012 00:30:25 | More by chinchill
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.