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Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.

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77
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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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jkn09

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-08-2013 19:36:08 | More by jkn09
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, brown with a 2" tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear

S: a yeasty biscuit smell is immediately noticeable, piney hops and caramel malt

T: roasted peanut, toast, caramel, lightly bitter hop finish, vanilla

M: on the thinner side, fairly heavy carbonation

O: meah, the yeastyness is intriguing but that was really the only interesting part of this beer, it wasn't a bad representation of the style though

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 02:47:41 | More by M_C_Hampton
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +13%

01-31-2013 17:35:40 | More by JohnK17
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outsider

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

01-28-2013 02:56:11 | More by outsider
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micahmye

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-23-2013 14:13:42 | More by micahmye
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -9.6%

01-21-2013 20:05:17 | More by AlaskanYoung
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Bearman13

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-20-2013 23:01:41 | More by Bearman13
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Clear deep amber brown, one finger head that doesn't last long at all.

S-Rather malty, some buts, tad cinnamon.

T-Malt, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, poor balance, all over the place, flavors are off putting.

M-Light, not much carbonation, slightly watery.

O-Every time I pick up an Abita, I find myself wondering, why did I buy this. Same thought here.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 16:26:08 | More by rlee1390
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TheSixthRing

California

3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany brown with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Nice lacing with good stick.

Smell - Aroma consists of predominantly earthy character, moderate pine, slight herb and peppery spice, faint caramel.

Taste - Earthy, woody character upfront. Subtle walnut undertones. Peppery. Hops are floral with touches of pine. Finishes quick

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with ample carbonation, which bites at the tongue. Goes down smooth, with a slightly watery finish.

Overall - One of the better beers I've had from Abita. Nice, interesting flavor. Doesn't quite hit the level I'd prefer, but it still delivers.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 06:14:48 | More by TheSixthRing
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Hellpop65

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

01-19-2013 16:35:26 | More by Hellpop65
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +35.5%

01-18-2013 05:04:49 | More by Dapperticus
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-14-2013 23:12:45 | More by nstroup
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Zkman87

New York

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-06-2013 14:57:38 | More by Zkman87
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koes0024

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +20.5%

01-05-2013 23:19:09 | More by koes0024
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Megahertz

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a New Belgium globe. 2012 vintage.

A - Deep red to brown, hazy, with a moderate deep tan head.

S - Very hoppy, green, pine & orange zest with considerable cranberry-like fruit.

T - Cherry like fruity esters amidst a dough-like malt with very firm hop flavor and bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

O - On the hoppy side, for sure. Reminds me of Rogue Santa's Reserve. Abita's hoppiest offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 21:49:50 | More by Megahertz
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fishguyac

Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.6%

01-02-2013 03:57:38 | More by fishguyac
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jgarvis

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +28%

01-02-2013 02:56:07 | More by jgarvis
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber color with frothy head that linges pretty well in tulip. Smell is toasted malt and caramel. Taste is sweet and toasted malts, caramel, and a hint of spice. Slight bitterness in finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Overall this was fair.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 14:51:12 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +13%

12-27-2012 22:35:52 | More by foureyedgeek
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger thick head with nice lacing on a hazy amber body. Fruity and earthy hops, caramel and toasted malts for aroma. Flavors follow well with more toasted malts and nice hop presence with earthy and citrus hops with hint of metal. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp, highly drinkable and a decent hop presence for the style. Better than most browns out there and one of the better Abita beers I have ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2012 21:26:40 | More by kylehay2004
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mmiller32

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +20.5%

12-27-2012 15:12:45 | More by mmiller32
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Best before 9 March 2013 printed on neck, (2012 vintage).

Aroma: Earthy, herbal and piney hops dominate. A winter APA? Nutty with an unfortunate hint of burnt rubber.

A: A medium-dark brown beer which pours with a tall, creamy off-white head. Good retention and spotty lacing on the glass.

T - Dark roasted malt comes forward to join the earthy, herbal and grassy ("weed', that is), very grassy, hops. There's a good bit of roasted nuts and some chocolate too, but no evidence of spicing (not that that's a bad thing).

Feel: medium-light body seems too thin. Excellent medium carbonation. Nicely dry finish.

O: Abita's 2012 Christmas Ale is an interesting winter brew with a very earthy hop treatment. The lack of "holiday spices" and the very grassy aroma and flavor make this more appropriate for winter in general than for Xmas.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 00:30:25 | More by chinchill
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JoeLacy

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-26-2012 21:07:50 | More by JoeLacy
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, dark berries, and clove

Taste: toasted malt, light berries, sweet chocolate, clove and light roasted malt towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with a slightly bitter finish

Overall: Holiday ale in every sense of the word. Solid but a six pack is enough. After that I will not seek this out. I seem to remember enjoying previous Christmas Ales more. This will not stop me though from looking forward to next year's release.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 16:01:38 | More by tigg924
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-26-2012 13:33:01 | More by Chucker17
Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.