Christmas Ale 2013 | Abita Brewing Co.

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Christmas Ale 2013Christmas Ale 2013

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by EgadBananas on 10-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of 1971bernat
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mothmanscott
3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken in January 2014: Pours a deep amber producing 2+ fingers of frothy, tan, somewhat lasting head that leaves soap bubble rings & washes of lace. Aroma is dark malts, toast, faint brown sugar, lightly spiced with hints of cinnamon. Taste is toast, yeast, brown sugar, cinnamon, faint hints of chocolate, cooked apples & floral hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light-medium carbonation, slick, a little bit peppery but smooth. Overall a weak example of what is normally a robust, flavorful style.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beertraveler08
3.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aged for about 3 years.

Look-Pours a bronze orange color with about a 1 inch head.
Smell-The smell is full of spices including coffee,cinnamon,chocolate,hazelnut,maybe some ginger?
Taste-The taste is a little chocolatety and various spices.
Feel-The feel is thick but not overpowering and full of carbonation.
Overall- I am glad to inherit this beer from a friend who left it in his fridge for years.He said it wasn't good anymore and i beg to differ.I enjoyed every sip and loved the various spices used to create such an amazing beer.I will make it a point to try all abita's christmas ales from now on.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.71/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottel to pint glass.
Aroma Is Wheat, cranberry, mild spice. Taste is not bad...a tad stale, but mildly sweet. Much better than the abita fall, but still below average.


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Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper color, looks clear. Lots of bubbles streaming. Thick rocky head.

Citrus-resin hops, some milk chocolate, caramel, a bit of brown sugar.

Roasted malts, caramel, nutty. Hop bitterness is moderate, leafy, tea-like, slight citrusy. Finish is mostly dry. Body is medium, smooth, semi-crisp.

It's a very good beer.

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewqueno
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tavo2311
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of patre_tim
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark wood stain brown, very, very, very highly carbonated, 3 fingers of beige foamy head, leaving an avalanche of a lacing.

S: Citrus hops surprise me at first as I wasn’t expecting them, chocolate, molasses, orange peel. Christmas in a glass!

T: Cocoa, chocolate, orange, caramel, some Christmas spices. Nutmeg.

M: Medium thick foamy body. Smooth with a burnt bitter finish.

O: Seems like a spiced up brown ale to me. Got it in Frankenmuth, MI this summer, drank in Kunming, China on Boxing Day, 2014.

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Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of bareju
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Washuffizi98
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of macon337
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of hozersr
2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of Basoos1
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, dark, mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Toasty, roasty, malty and bready. Notes of freshly baked dark bread, black pepper, clover and hops. Some notes of caramel and toffee too. Very nice.

Taste: Hoppier than the aroma lets on, considering how malt forward the aromas are. Very floral hops up front, flowed by some black pepper, caramel-like sweetness and some toasted malt, but the predominate flavor is hops, which isn’t my cup of tea. Or glass of beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some pretty good carbonation. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, but maybe a touch too hoppy for my taste. Hop heads should like this though. Regardless, I look forward to the 2014 batch, as according to Abita, each year’s batch of Christmas Ale is different as the recipe changes. Maybe next year’s brew will be more to my liking.

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Photo of EricKelly386
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of noperative
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of fastestmanalive
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of ChrisFurlowLSU
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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Christmas Ale 2013 from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 158 ratings
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