Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.
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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.
12-26-2012 16:01:38 | More by tigg924
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.
03-06-2013 02:57:25 | More by deebo
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.
12-27-2012 00:30:25 | More by chinchill
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....
06-14-2013 02:11:01 | More by dacrza1
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.
01-20-2013 06:14:48 | More by TheSixthRing
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.
12-18-2012 00:39:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
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.
11-18-2012 21:15:25 | More by EgadBananas
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!
12-13-2012 13:13:57 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.4/5 rDev +3%
A-Clear deep amber brown, one finger head that doesn't last long at all.
S-Rather malty, some buts, tad cinnamon.
T-Malt, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, poor balance, all over the place, flavors are off putting.
M-Light, not much carbonation, slightly watery.
O-Every time I pick up an Abita, I find myself wondering, why did I buy this. Same thought here.
01-20-2013 16:26:08 | More by rlee1390
Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.