Christmas Ale 2013 | Abita Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States
abita.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
158
pDev:
17.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 158 |  Reviews: 27
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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of metter98
3.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving some patches on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of spices are present in the nose along with hints of nutty malts.
T: The beer starts out tasting like a nutty brown ale and has of spices towards the finish—ginger seems to stand out in particular.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pretty subdued for being a Christmas Ale, but presents some interesting spice variations to a style that you don't normally see used as the basis for holiday beers.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy brown copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice hoppy brown ale. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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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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2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light khaki, five-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Burnt wood nose, flavor is slightly hoppy spicy and malty. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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