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Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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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chris1919

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +43.1%

12-02-2012 02:46:37 | More by chris1919
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

01-18-2013 05:04:49 | More by Dapperticus
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MaddDogg84

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

11-22-2012 04:30:12 | More by MaddDogg84
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 13:13:57 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +28%

12-08-2012 00:15:24 | More by Damian74Shensky
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grahamboudreaux

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +28%

03-24-2013 11:18:44 | More by grahamboudreaux
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gwiedman1

New York

4.25/5  rDev +28%

02-09-2013 20:22:08 | More by gwiedman1
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jgarvis

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +28%

01-02-2013 02:56:07 | More by jgarvis
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +20.5%

02-10-2013 03:11:33 | More by reitzbrewing
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mmiller32

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +20.5%

12-27-2012 15:12:45 | More by mmiller32
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jazztoloc

Mexico

4/5  rDev +20.5%

05-04-2013 01:47:02 | More by jazztoloc
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KevMo84

California

4/5  rDev +20.5%

05-19-2014 01:53:45 | More by KevMo84
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koes0024

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +20.5%

01-05-2013 23:19:09 | More by koes0024
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Flashyspoons

Florida

4/5  rDev +20.5%

02-18-2013 19:52:02 | More by Flashyspoons
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txb3707

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +20.5%

11-21-2012 06:14:34 | More by txb3707
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smitbo7

Georgia

4/5  rDev +20.5%

11-22-2012 00:52:40 | More by smitbo7
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pkalix

California

4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

man, have you seen the amount of 'retired' beers from abita? do they like the 'special projects' or do they fail a lot? i've enjoyed most of what i've tried from them. i guess 'brown ale', according to BA's profile can mean just about anything, though....
beautiful dark ruby color, minimal head.smells like a darned christmas tree.
tastes like a christmas tree. lots of hops, some funky malt, unidentifiable, but decent. there's a serious weird scent and taste at the front which i cant put my finger on (honestly, a urine soaked diaper? i'm serious- i said i cant put my finger on it....) but it's tolerable and i could put a few of these away in a christmas-y/holiday/festive mood...

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 01:56:18 | More by pkalix
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RyanSBrennan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +20.5%

12-21-2012 01:10:39 | More by RyanSBrennan
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear dark brown, resembling maple syrup. The head is soapy and off-white. The aroma is of brown bread, grassy hops, caramel, and nuts. The flavor is of grassy and mild citrus hops with some brown bread, caramel and nutty notes. It's very straightforward, but not as hoppy as last year's version. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth and drinkable. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 01:10:44 | More by acevenom
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, brown with a 2" tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: a yeasty biscuit smell is immediately noticeable, piney hops and caramel malt

T: roasted peanut, toast, caramel, lightly bitter hop finish, vanilla

M: on the thinner side, fairly heavy carbonation

O: meah, the yeastyness is intriguing but that was really the only interesting part of this beer, it wasn't a bad representation of the style though

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 02:47:41 | More by M_C_Hampton
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger thick head with nice lacing on a hazy amber body. Fruity and earthy hops, caramel and toasted malts for aroma. Flavors follow well with more toasted malts and nice hop presence with earthy and citrus hops with hint of metal. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp, highly drinkable and a decent hop presence for the style. Better than most browns out there and one of the better Abita beers I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2012 21:26:40 | More by kylehay2004
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bambam2517

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, drank at 45F.

A - Dark ruby to burnished bronze in color, nice amount of head that dissipted quickly into a nice lasting lace ring.

S - Oak and pepper, light piney hop aroma as well. Backed up by some roasted malt, impressive complexity for a beer in this price range.

T - Juniper berry esters in the forefront, a little toasted nuttiness as it develops. Christmas ale is a good description here.

M - Wish it were a bit more warming, but it feels good on the palate and doesn't linger too long. Just a tinge of bitter finish.

O - Well done, I'll be sure to have some on hand for Christmas guests. Wouldn't make a good everyday drinker, but as a seasonal its spot on. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:25:14 | More by bambam2517
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Megahertz

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a New Belgium globe. 2012 vintage.

A - Deep red to brown, hazy, with a moderate deep tan head.

S - Very hoppy, green, pine & orange zest with considerable cranberry-like fruit.

T - Cherry like fruity esters amidst a dough-like malt with very firm hop flavor and bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

O - On the hoppy side, for sure. Reminds me of Rogue Santa's Reserve. Abita's hoppiest offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 21:49:50 | More by Megahertz
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark copper/amber in color, with a nice cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Subtle hop and spruce notes
Taste-interesting notes of cinnamon clove, nutmeg. Underlying fruitiness of cranberry or orange, tangy, berry-like. a bit light-bodied but pretty flavorfull overall. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 17:53:54 | More by hosehead83
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +13%

05-17-2013 01:27:10 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.