Mad Abbot Christmas Ale | The Little Brewing Company

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Mad Abbot Christmas AleMad Abbot Christmas Ale
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Mad Abbot Christmas AleMad Abbot Christmas Ale

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The Little Brewing Company

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 07-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MrKennedy
2.99/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

330ml from Camperdown Cellars, Parramatta Road, into a Portsmouth snifter.

Opens with a big hiss, then pours with a good deal of yellowy beige foam on top of a deep brown-red beer. Good foam retention, admittedly from a high base. No real lacing to speak of.

Smells hot. Boozy. Christmassy for sure, with the fruitcake along with plum, spice and rum. But alcohol is certainly there and makes you sit back and take notice and not in a good way.

Fruity, with fruit cake and dark fruits like plum come through, but all backed with a bit too much warmth. Think this needs some time and most shops will probably do that role for me.

Higher carbonation than warranted or needed, big beer, lots of alcohol and booze that hits you and hits you hard.

It seems to be heading in the right direction for flavour, but suffers a lot with the excessive booze and heat and also with the carbonation. Hopefully a step in the right direction, but not the finished product yet. May revisit when i see it on the shelves in 6 months time.

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Photo of Mendicant
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, red colour, bit of haze to it. Head is beige, nice and foamy and retaining a nice crown of bubbly lace. Looks very nice.

Smells sweet and spicy, as it should. Malty notes with a touch of sourdough but also a decent belt of caramel. Notes of cinnamon, clove and fennel which could end up on the sour side but in this case doesn't. Pleasant.

Malty upfront on the palate, touch of rye spice to it midway, then gets notes of honey, cedar wood towards the back before WHOOMP! There it is. Huge booze note on the back that makes it ultimately taste like a slug of whiskey. Yep, inevitably, it's a decent enough palate but the only word to describe it now is 'huge'.

Alcohol is sharply felt on the mouthfeel as well, although body is quite decent.

I really like the characters this beer gives off, but it's just a little on the big and boozey side for me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried on-tap at the 2013 GABS festival in Melbourne.

Pours a deep, ruddy brown colour, solidly hazed and seeming to capture the light. Body is very solid, perhaps very solid even for an 11% ABV brew. Head is an orange-beige colour, intensely creamy that leaves lace in sticky streams. Awesome fine powdery effervescence when tilted. It really looks amazing.

Nose is rounded with plenty of Belgian esters and a bit of spice. Some stewed orange sweetness comes through, as does a little oily roasted note. Pepper becomes more prevalent as it warms. Nice stuff.

Mild dark entry on the palate that burgeons into a big spicy clove and orange chewy centre. Juicy dark fruit characters provide richness. The back is heavy and chewy with a slight metallic character. Aftertaste is spicy and quite heavy, lingering for a good long time.

Feel is rich and chewy like a thick Christmas cake. I love the weight of it.

Overall: this is extremely rich and extremely delicious. This is the best beer I've had from TLBC: complex, thick and gorgeous. Just lovely stuff.

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Photo of admiral
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An outstanding and flavoursome quad beer that blurs the line between beer and wine

aroma: sweet spice and rum

Taste: sweet spice, plum, cherry, rum, candy banana, white wine, grapes and slight sherry

A very enjoyable beer that has many strong flavours to sip on and savour while sitting in a comfortable chair (for example)

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Photo of dgilks
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat hazy dark mahogany colour. Great to finally try this properly. Small tan head. Fair head retention.

Massive alcohol on the nose. There is a bunch of ester here as well with some apple and stone fruit. It appears to have some acetaldehyde going on. These all dominate the malt.

Massively sweet. Some tartness too. The acetaldehyde creates problems here as it teams up with the esters to dominate. The spices are nice but are no match for the fruity characters. There is a little chocolate too which I like.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Quite creamy.

A big beer this one. The sweetness and fruit don't do it any favours though. I wish the maltiness was really able to shine but it doesn't.

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Mad Abbot Christmas Ale from The Little Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 6 ratings