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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5/5  rDev +55.3%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +32%

Photo of FNBBear
4.14/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not exactly a 'festive' beer. Very good though. I really like it. Carmel or burnt orange in color. Easy to drink if you like IPAs. Kind of a mix between an IPA and a traditional winter beer to be honest. I like it. Definitely a good beer to drink during Christmas here in Florida.

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4/5  rDev +24.2%

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4/5  rDev +24.2%

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4/5  rDev +24.2%

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4/5  rDev +24.2%

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4/5  rDev +24.2%

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4/5  rDev +24.2%

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

Although I've always felt they were competent brewers, I was never a huge Abita fan. I'm not sure why. But in this Christmas Ale, I think they have made a sensible drink. It is a lot less up-side-your-head in spice, alcohol, etc. than most "Christmas" drinks, and thus refreshing. In fact, it makes me like this style (brown ale) again.

It opens with nothing too notable - not really clear, pretty, overly fine head - just OK. The aroma is a pleasant malty affair, but subtle.

The taste is a great balance of malt and hops with the faintest yeast undertone. It may be a bit too understated for an American style, but it is refreshingly restrained, and after a holiday weekend of imbibing, it's nice to have an easy, flavorful drink. The aftertaste is full and sweet, but not too much so - the same restraint.

This is a nicely different brew that deserves your attention and a repeat drink from me.

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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 tigg924
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, dark brownish-orange in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: piney hops, toffee, and chocolate

Taste: milk chocolate, cocoa, pine, and slight toffee

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a bitter end, light bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A nice cocoa and toffee beer that is complemented nicely by the addition of hops. More complex than most Abita Christmas offerings and probably the best one of this series that I have had. I can drink a six of this.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appears deep murky amber brown hue in the body with a light khaki tan head forming tight bubbled head dwindles into some speckled sparse lacing. Aroma has a pleasant hop profile, spicy garlic/onion hints I'm thinking Summit hops right away, it also has a rolling breadiness in the malt department but the hops really jump out of the glass. It's got the same flavor with the spicy hop flavor a bit subdued but definitely offers up vegetal notes of garlic/onion tones with a simple biscuit bready malt profile makes for a nice hoppy session Christmas ale. It transitions with some cocoa notes and pine needles to make for an interesting earthy bready chocolate Xmas ale in my glass. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied ample even flowing carbonation nothing to complain about. Overall I'm glad I tried it unique hoppy Christmas ale is welcome in an ever growing market of honey spiced infused amber high alcohol beers this is a bit against the grain in a good way.

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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