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Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.

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76
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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 11-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 135 | Reviews: 30
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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.