Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Christmas Ale 2012Christmas Ale 2012

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

135 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 135
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co. visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 11-18-2012)
View: Beers (36) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bblouin8
1/5  rDev -69.6%

Photo of lisahope27
1.5/5  rDev -54.4%

Photo of mattporter2
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of JayKay412
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of Genec74
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of garymuchow
2.01/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Alright, it's already the first day of spring and I'm still holding onto a Christmas ale. Time to get this one into the books - and into my belly. Best by 3/2/13
Kind of a nasty hop aroma, like wet old hops. Very unpleasant.
Very attractive beer. Full rich dense head. Very clear brown body with deep red highlights.
I'm afraid the taste has some of the same nastiness as the aroma. It's not a complete disaster as I can grab some of the malts, but it's mostly the unpleasantness of the old mold hops.
Rather thin body with some fullness from the carbonation.
This is only a little past best by date, so I can't imagine it was much better two or three weeks ago.
Life's too short to finish this one.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of leinie13
2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of lupercmda
2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of outsider
2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.28/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Bah, as much as I may be against it, there's a flood of Christmas beers flowing toward me now. Oh well... This stuff pours a clear ruby-brown topped by a finger of glowing dusty wan tan foam. The nose comprises leek, random vegetation, sharp grapefruit zest, clove, brown sugar, and some old toffee. Things coalesce very poorly in my 'strils. The taste mirrors the cacophony of the smell, with the focus on the vegetation, the old toffee, and the clove. It's grimace-inducing, indeed. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly brackish feel. Overall, an unpleasant beer on all sides. 'Nuff said.

Photo of FUwolfpacker
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of malfunxion
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of CowboyRob
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of grumpygerman
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of jmathis
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of tom91281
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of deebo
2.53/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of dacrza1
2.63/5  rDev -20.1%
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....

Photo of mcdsports
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of jaswilson2
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of Boone757
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of RWLawman
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of AlkaholTester
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.