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Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

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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Ratings: 131 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of drbenderdo
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

drbenderdo, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

dmorgan310, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of ferrari29
3/5  rDev -9.1%

ferrari29, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of dacrza1
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
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....

dacrza1, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of LuisCaraballo
3/5  rDev -9.1%

LuisCaraballo, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

SmellsofMahagony, May 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

ajtorres311, May 10, 2013
Photo of HideYaBeer
3/5  rDev -9.1%

HideYaBeer, May 05, 2013
Photo of jazztoloc
4/5  rDev +21.2%

jazztoloc, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mcewesr, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of AlkaholTester
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

AlkaholTester, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Kunstman, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3/5  rDev -9.1%

DaPan, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of atomicbeer
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

atomicbeer, Mar 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

tom91281, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

grahamboudreaux, Mar 24, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

lupercmda, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of garymuchow
2.01/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

garymuchow, Mar 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

tastymug, Mar 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Hank_Scorpio, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of deebo
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

deebo, Mar 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Lambocalrisien, Mar 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

JMS1512, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Poppellian, Feb 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

capnamerica, Feb 21, 2013
Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.