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Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.

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77
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125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.77%
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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lisahope27

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -54.8%

12-06-2012 02:00:28 | More by lisahope27
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mattporter2

California

2/5  rDev -39.8%

12-21-2012 03:07:09 | More by mattporter2
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JayKay412

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -39.8%

12-15-2012 21:33:17 | More by JayKay412
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Genec74

Louisiana

2/5  rDev -39.8%

01-09-2014 05:33:14 | More by Genec74
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garymuchow

Minnesota

2.01/5  rDev -39.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 01:18:14 | More by garymuchow
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leinie13

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

11-21-2012 02:37:39 | More by leinie13
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lupercmda

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

03-23-2013 17:58:53 | More by lupercmda
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outsider

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

01-28-2013 02:56:11 | More by outsider
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -31.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 01:16:28 | More by TMoney2591
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

12-04-2012 05:30:28 | More by FUwolfpacker
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CowboyRob

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

08-03-2013 01:59:00 | More by CowboyRob
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grumpygerman

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

11-24-2012 03:11:50 | More by grumpygerman
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jmathis

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

06-30-2013 18:51:09 | More by jmathis
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tom91281

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

03-24-2013 18:55:40 | More by tom91281
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deebo

Minnesota

2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 02:57:25 | More by deebo
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dacrza1

New Jersey

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
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mcdsports

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

12-16-2012 21:12:17 | More by mcdsports
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Hellpop65

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

01-19-2013 16:35:26 | More by Hellpop65
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

12-02-2012 00:14:01 | More by jaswilson2
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Boone757

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

12-21-2012 22:07:09 | More by Boone757
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RWLawman

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

11-20-2012 23:40:57 | More by RWLawman
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AlkaholTester

Nevada

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

04-12-2013 07:32:22 | More by AlkaholTester
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rx-beer

Puerto Rico

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

09-03-2013 00:08:46 | More by rx-beer
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kshizzle101

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A medium brown/red ale which leaves a 2 inch head. Thick lacing down the sides

S - smells strongly of roasted malts and pine

T - pine hops are very prevalent. Very bitter for this type of ale. maybe some nutmeg

M - light to medium body. a little hint of booze at the end.

Overall - A rather mediocre effort

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 02:51:23 | More by kshizzle101
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atomicbeer

New Mexico

2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown-orangey-copper with a large tan head that has a orange tint. Aroma is pretty funky: figgy fruitcake leads the way but there's some also needles, wet sock, petroleum, tree bark, and leather. Wow, did I just write that? Initally the aroma is off-putting but I keep returning to sniff. Fortunately the taste does not follow. A bit fruity, a bit woody, some pine; don't really get anything Christmas-y. The mouth is fairly creamy, goes down smooth. Some burnt flavors like carmelized sugar linger. This might be good if not for the old rubber boot with pine mud in the fruitcake nose.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 22:49:58 | More by atomicbeer
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Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.