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Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

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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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.6%

12-06-2012 02:00:01 | More by Mark5252
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beergoot

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 01:31:43 | More by beergoot
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BenjaminBlondbeard

New York

3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 23:46:26 | More by BenjaminBlondbeard
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e911mann


3/5  rDev -9.6%

12-05-2012 00:47:59 | More by e911mann
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-04-2012 18:30:35 | More by Kerrie
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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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THEGENERALISMO

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.6%

12-03-2012 23:01:19 | More by THEGENERALISMO
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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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riversider76

New York

3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 20:12:34 | More by riversider76
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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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jaswilson2

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

12-02-2012 00:14:01 | More by jaswilson2
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noremac423


3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-27-2012 20:18:01 | More by noremac423
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babayaga

Nebraska

3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 01:30:53 | More by babayaga
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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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grumpygerman

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-22-2012 01:44:27 | More by buckyp
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smitbo7

Georgia

4/5  rDev +20.5%

11-22-2012 00:52:40 | More by smitbo7
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txb3707

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +20.5%

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

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

11-20-2012 23:40:57 | More by RWLawman
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Yoda22

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-20-2012 22:13:58 | More by Yoda22
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 21:15:25 | More by EgadBananas
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Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.