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Christmas Ale 2012 - Abita Brewing Co.

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77
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124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
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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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-24-2012 01:09:59 | More by LarryMyers
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bambam2517

Arizona

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, drank at 45F.

A - Dark ruby to burnished bronze in color, nice amount of head that dissipted quickly into a nice lasting lace ring.

S - Oak and pepper, light piney hop aroma as well. Backed up by some roasted malt, impressive complexity for a beer in this price range.

T - Juniper berry esters in the forefront, a little toasted nuttiness as it develops. Christmas ale is a good description here.

M - Wish it were a bit more warming, but it feels good on the palate and doesn't linger too long. Just a tinge of bitter finish.

O - Well done, I'll be sure to have some on hand for Christmas guests. Wouldn't make a good everyday drinker, but as a seasonal its spot on. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 00:25:14 | More by bambam2517
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animal69

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +13%

12-23-2012 05:03:24 | More by animal69
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a deep ruby mahogany. A vanilla cream colored head leaves a thick film in it's wake while loads of soapy lacing coat the glass initially.

The beer smells distinctly Abita-ish. There's a rather strong black pepper aroma, with hints of what I call "burnt hops."

The taste profile is a little more encouraging. Some warm, toasty malts lead into the black pepper body. At the tail end, some faint spices, mainly cinnamon. A slightly woody, cedar finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, dry.

Overall, I can't get over the black pepper thing. Not sure of I'm missing something or not.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 01:56:13 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Boone757

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

12-21-2012 22:07:09 | More by Boone757
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mattporter2

California

2/5  rDev -39.8%

12-21-2012 03:07:09 | More by mattporter2
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RyanSBrennan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +20.5%

12-21-2012 01:10:39 | More by RyanSBrennan
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.5% ABV, Best Before 03/02/13 printed on neck, (2012 vintage).

A - A ruby hue washes over the rusty amber beer which pours with perfect clarity. Some vigor creates a tall light cream head which towers in height for quite some time before fading to a sturdy pile of foam leaving thick, chunky lace on the pint.

S - Earthiness abounds with dust and crumbly dirt from brown malts create an interesting profile for a Christmas ale but there's also quite a bit added from earthy, faintly herbal and somewhat pine-y hops. It seems somewhat closed off at first and a swirl only encourages off-putting aromas of burnt rubber and new shoe (which normally is pleasing). Toasted bread and finishes.

T - A seemingly mild addition of roasted malt comes forward in a big way, pushing forwards with bitter baker's chocolate, gritty burnt toast, and the same dirt and dust earth qualities the aroma possesses. Mild herbal spice opens up more followed by more pine attributes which completely differentiate themselves from the American hops one might think of when "pine" is mentioned.

M - Abita's Christmas Ale has a medium-light body leaning more towards the latter as it finishes extremely dry with an unchecked almost astringent bitterness and odd pine flavor.

O - I can't say I'm going to finish this beer. It's not quite for me but I also don't think it's worthy of calling it a drain-pour outright. This Christmas ale's heavy earthiness, gritty bitterness, and pine seem unbalanced; a bad combination for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 00:39:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
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deletedmemory

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, surprisingly so into the pint glass. Quite the pine aroma with a hint of bitterness from the hops. Not sure what the spice if any is here but there's something 'Christmasy' going on here. Could be the balsam candles the wife has lit but it fits the mood and the occasion perfectly with my daughter watching the Grinch cartoon for the first time. Mouthfeel is alright nothing special a bit dry on the finish which I am liking.
Of coure this isn't something I would drink all of the time, but for the season at $7.99 for a sixer it aint bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 23:22:02 | More by deletedmemory
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber tinted brown, little to no head. Scent is mild and has notes of bread, nuts , caramel, brown sugar, raisins and dates, light herbal quality. Taste follows suit - medium in flavor intensity with none of the notes sticking out much more than the other. Medium bodied, some oily heft, light carbonation. Decent beer, but doesn't invoke the holiday much.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 18:49:37 | More by rfgetz
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mhaugo

California

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-17-2012 06:20:39 | More by mhaugo
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mcdsports

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

12-16-2012 21:12:17 | More by mcdsports
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RWACKO

New York

3/5  rDev -9.6%

12-16-2012 20:58:52 | More by RWACKO
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sd123

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-16-2012 04:29:44 | More by sd123
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OldTime

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +13%

12-16-2012 00:56:57 | More by OldTime
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Ajlvt

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +13%

12-15-2012 23:18:51 | More by Ajlvt
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JayKay412

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -39.8%

12-15-2012 21:33:17 | More by JayKay412
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.35/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abita Christmas Ale 2012 has a thick, foamy, beige head and a clear, bubbly, copper appearance. There is a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweetness, fruit, spice- really a fruitcake type thing. Taste is of sweet malts, brown bread, fruit cake, spices, and grapefruit. There is a nice hop bite showing up in mid-sip and into the finish. Mouthfeel is light, and Abita Christmas Ale 2012 finishes semi-dry, flavorful, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a really enjoyable, festive beer, and I rate it pretty high. Check it out!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 13:13:57 | More by RonaldTheriot
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 04:59:17 | More by StoutHunter
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +13%

12-12-2012 01:19:13 | More by ruckus232
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ItsBeer4Me

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-10-2012 20:41:51 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 17:53:54 | More by hosehead83
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ajanesz

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

12-09-2012 03:09:30 | More by ajanesz
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +28%

12-08-2012 00:15:24 | More by Damian74Shensky
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lisahope27

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -54.8%

12-06-2012 02:00:28 | More by lisahope27
Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.