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Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
76
okay

128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.84%
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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dacrza1

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -20.1%

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....

06-14-2013 02:11:01 | More by dacrza1
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LuisCaraballo

Georgia

3/5  rDev -8.8%

06-07-2013 23:53:19 | More by LuisCaraballo
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +14%

05-17-2013 01:27:10 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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ajtorres311

Florida

3/5  rDev -8.8%

05-10-2013 16:41:37 | More by ajtorres311
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HideYaBeer

Florida

3/5  rDev -8.8%

05-05-2013 22:12:50 | More by HideYaBeer
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jazztoloc

Mexico

4/5  rDev +21.6%

05-04-2013 01:47:02 | More by jazztoloc
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mcewesr

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-22-2013 20:55:34 | More by mcewesr
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AlkaholTester

Nevada

2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

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

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

04-12-2013 01:49:39 | More by Kunstman
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.8%

03-30-2013 02:19:04 | More by DaPan
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atomicbeer

New Mexico

2.98/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

03-24-2013 22:49:58 | More by atomicbeer
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tom91281

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -24%

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

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

03-24-2013 11:18:44 | More by grahamboudreaux
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lupercmda

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

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

Minnesota

2.01/5  rDev -38.9%

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.

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

Washington

3/5  rDev -8.8%

03-22-2013 00:31:00 | More by tastymug
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Hank_Scorpio

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +14%

03-07-2013 21:06:04 | More by Hank_Scorpio
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deebo

Minnesota

2.53/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

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

New York

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-04-2013 01:14:15 | More by Lambocalrisien
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8.8%

02-24-2013 18:26:15 | More by JMS1512
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Poppellian

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-22-2013 23:51:34 | More by Poppellian
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capnamerica

Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-21-2013 23:06:07 | More by capnamerica
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Flashyspoons

Florida

4/5  rDev +21.6%

02-18-2013 19:52:02 | More by Flashyspoons
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.26/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Opaque, dark amber. A half finger head (eggshell white) that dums down to big bubbles. Light lacing.

S: Hops and cinnamon lead the way with faint renderings of vanilla.

T: Smokey; light hops dominate with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. A subtle touch of caramel malts.

M: Light to medium with creamy carbonation. Kinda watery.

O: Less hoppy than the 2011. Not very impressive.

02-17-2013 17:34:03 | More by brewskifan55
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Thedrizzle

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +14%

02-16-2013 00:00:18 | More by Thedrizzle
Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.