Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.
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3.48/5 rDev +5.5%
Dark reddish copper body with a smooth, thick head. Spicy aroma; rye and ginger, peppermint. Roasted grains infused with a burnt sugar taste; slightly bread-like; hazelnuts. Soft and smooth feel; very light; dry finish.
An interesting holiday ale that seems a bit lacking in cohesion. It's certainly drinkable yet seems kind of weak with flavor impact and certainly in the mouthfeel. Good overall yet hasn't quite lived up to its potential.
12-06-2012 01:31:43 | More by beergoot
3.13/5 rDev -5.2%
Abita Christmas pours a deep mahogany brown. There is a smokey brown head, less than an inch, and it sticks around for a while. Intermittent bubbles rise through the clean ale. Lacing around the glass sticks at the beginning, but drops off with the carbonation.
The nose smells caramel, toffee, as well as very subtle citrus and coffee.
The mouth tastes roasted malts that come on first with subtle coffee and chocolate flavors. The hops rise to imparts citrus to balance. There is lively hop spice throughout this medium bodied ale. There is a clean finish, and surprisingly the bitters reign over somewhat smokey roasted malt flavors.
This drinks like a brown pale ale. A well hopped, roasted beer that is good for the beginning of winter. In the end it is not one of my favorites, but still enjoyable.
12-05-2012 23:46:26 | More by BenjaminBlondbeard
2.93/5 rDev -11.2%
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
12-03-2012 02:51:23 | More by kshizzle101
3.68/5 rDev +11.5%
Pours a amber brown with a fluffy tan head. Excellent retention and laceing. Aroma is of piney hops and carmel malts. Body is crisp,light and carbonated. Taste has a nice hop presence throughout. Carmel malts, and brown sugar are there too. Decent balance. Nice.
12-02-2012 20:12:34 | More by riversider76
3.08/5 rDev -6.7%
Purchased from Brix in Omaha, poured into stem porter glass.
Appearance is reddish brown. Clear. 2 finger frothy head with a mixture of bubble sizes. Healthy head that stays around.
Aroma is big toffee, nutty, caramel. Grassy? hop comes out with some air.
Medium body, soft carbonation, light creamy mouthfeel. Slightly slick.
Decently balanced between sweet and bitter, relatively short finish. Very pleasant.
11-26-2012 01:30:53 | More by babayaga
3.93/5 rDev +19.1%
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.
11-25-2012 01:10:44 | More by acevenom
2.28/5 rDev -30.9%
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.
11-21-2012 01:16:28 | More by TMoney2591
Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.