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Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.48%
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: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 11-18-2012)
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Photo of StoutHunter
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Abita's Christmas Ale 2012 a couple days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I haven't tried too many beers from Abita and since I was picking up different kinds of Christmas beers I thought I would give this one a chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I'm sure it's fairly fresh. Poured from a shorter brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label is pretty plain and simple with a slight Christmas theme to it. It poured a fairly clear brown/dark amber color that took on a nice ruby hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some nice spotty lacing. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness and a good amount of malts that impart a sweet, dark bread, caramel, light roasted malt, and a slight toffee aroma. After that comes a nice nutty aroma that is quickly followed by some hops which are piney and floral and help balance out all the malts. This beer has a nice aroma, the hops do a good job at balancing out all the malts but it's a little too sweet.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma, it starts off with lots of malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and impart some toasted malts, cereal, caramel, and a brown bread flavor. After that comes a weird nutty flavor that reminds me of an over roasted almond. Next comes the hops which are a little floral and grassy, but mainly piney, they seem to clash with malts. On the finish there's a lighter amount bitterness with a malty and weird aftertaste. This was a pretty average tasting beer, it had a weird flavor that I couldn't put my finger on and the hops seemed to clash with the malts.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly creamy, medium bodied, and it had a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and seemed to work well with this beer.

Overall I wasn't really impressed with this beer and I thought it was an average example of the style. It was going in the right direction but when it got to the taste a really weird flavor started to show up and the malts and hops seemed to clash. This beer doesn't have the best drinkability, it went down fairly smooth, but the flavors just couldn't hold my attention, so one would be all I would want. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance, it looked pretty nice and the head and lacing were pretty impressive. What I liked the least about this beer was that weird off flavor I got in the middle, it seemed out of place and it wasn't pleasant. I wouldn't buy this beer again, I didn't really enjoy it and I wouldn't say it's a worthy holiday beer, not recommended. All in all I was let down with this beer, it just isn't what I call a good Christmas time ale, it was pretty rough around the edges and needs some work, at least it will be different next year. This was kind of a let down from Abita, better luck next guys, so far this is my least favorite Abita beer.

StoutHunter, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of ruckus232
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

ruckus232, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

ItsBeer4Me, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

hosehead83, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of ajanesz
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

ajanesz, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Damian74Shensky
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of lisahope27
1.5/5  rDev -54.5%

lisahope27, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Mark5252
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Mark5252, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

beergoot, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of BenjaminBlondbeard
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

BenjaminBlondbeard, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of e911mann
3/5  rDev -9.1%

e911mann, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Kerrie, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of FUwolfpacker
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

FUwolfpacker, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of THEGENERALISMO
3/5  rDev -9.1%

THEGENERALISMO, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of kshizzle101
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
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

kshizzle101, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

riversider76, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of chris1919
4.75/5  rDev +43.9%

chris1919, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of jaswilson2
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

jaswilson2, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of noremac423
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

noremac423, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of babayaga
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

babayaga, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of acevenom
3.93/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

acevenom, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of grumpygerman
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

grumpygerman, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

MaddDogg84, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of buckyp
3/5  rDev -9.1%

buckyp, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of smitbo7
4/5  rDev +21.2%

smitbo7, Nov 22, 2012
Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.