Christmas Ale 2007 | Abita Brewing Co.

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Christmas Ale 2007Christmas Ale 2007

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by acrawf6 on 10-31-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by bmwats:
Photo of bmwats
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Medium brown pour. Medium light carbonation pours into a 1 finger white bubbly head. Settles quickly into a patchy layer of carbonation on surface. Spotty lacing recedes into the body.

S: Malt, hops, and a hint of spice. . . nutmeg, maybe.

T: Fairly hoppy. Malt, and a hint of spice.

M: Hops first then the spice makes a flyby, but a hoppy finish which lingers for the aftertaste.

D: Pretty decent drinkability. Nice flavor, and mild alcohol taste.

Nice flavor, okay atmosphere, non-offensive feel. Overall, worth at least trying.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is probably the first of many Xmas brews I will be having over the next 3-6 weeks.This poured into a standard pint glass a clear rich bronze with a tight very well retained nearly two finger slight off white head very good clarity just rich looking.Aromas of caramel and toasty malt with a hint of gummy fruitiness a healthy dose of leafy hop rounds out the nose well.More standard on the palate toasty with a hefty caramel base a a nice drying finish with a lingering citric hop presence.A well made amber ale not entirely old school with its nice hoppy finish and it cuts through the cold well.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown stubby bottle with a twist-off cap.

Clear ruby red color with a thin,creamy light tan head that dissapated quickly no much carbination visable.

Faint aromas,mostly malted with candided carmell,some dark fruitiness,a touch of metallic with notes of citrus.

Malty tastes wiith a burnt bittersweet carmellnes with some nutty tastes. Good clean finish,citrusy with a rind feel at the aftertaste.

Tangy mouthfeel that's a bit on the thin side. Seemed to get better with every taste. Decent beer,not what you would expect from a Christmas beer. Might have made me score the beer a bit lower,was an overall good amber beer.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Abita- Christmas Ale

A- Nice golden acorn brown with a thick foamy head.
S- Sweet caramel malt with a touch of butter and sweet pine hops.
T- Sweet earthy pine hops blended evenly with a slick caramel malt.
M- Again sweet and buttery with a nice green hop presence.

Overall- Very nice, easy to drink! I was expecting a spicy winter warmer. Tasty and sessionable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A reddish tinge and a bit of initial head. Above average carbonation. Initially yeast and then malt, nutmeg spice and a tad toast in background. Medium mouthfeel,with cloves and a freezing of the mouth in the finish, also a bit of water. Drinkable though marginally unsatisfying.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Goebbel's in Wichita

Pours caramel with 2+ fingers sand colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Cakey & some caramel

T: Bready, some fruittyness (plums, figs & raisins), dryness & herbal hops up front. Dryness & some caramel, plus a touch of metallic hops as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops nice toffee, brown sugar & slight fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied, with low carbonation, skews malty for the style

Drink alright, looks like a little freshness wouldn't have hurt, but one of the better beers I've had from Abita

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Photo of theopholis
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a fairly clear, dark red/amber. Decent off-white head, with some lacing.

Aroma- Lots of malt sweetness in the nose. Wonderful mild hop aroma. Very well balanced.

Taste- Tastes of dark, sweet malts. Nice hop bitterness with hints of chocolate and some woodiness.

Mouthfeel- Kind of light for an American red amber. Over carbonated to. .Detracts from the taste.

Drinkability- The individual components were nice, but did not work well together. Not horrible, not great.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brown colour with hints of amber to it. Head is big and frothy, quick to dissolve and leaves virtually no residue on the glass.

The aroma has a piney hop burst to it, along with some caramel and hints of spice. Simple and nice!

The flavour hits you quickly with the piney hop flavour and there's even a bit of juiciness before moving into a more rugged malt flavour that is cut through nicely with some sweetness from the malt. There is a touch of spice at the finish as well to make for a flavourful, well-rounded beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, well carbonated and with a touch of slickness to it.

This is a nice brew overall. I could easily enjoy this one year round, and found it to be much more enjoyable to their "standard" Red Ale that they sometimes brew. Grab a six pack and give it a try.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.37/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy dark reddish-amber... short, white, and creamy head has decent retention, and leaves a sheet behind.

S: Warm, toasted malts, some caramel notes, and just the slightest bit buttery.

T/M/D: Malts come across as a little delayed with not much on the tip of the tongue. A touch of hoppiness, but not enough to really make for a bittering finish. A little on the light and uneventful side, but a tolerable beer. Easy enough to drink... not exactly 'big and festive' as one might think, and there's no spicing or anything in particular that would hint as to why this is a "Christmas Ale," but it's not like that is a style of beer, so it doesn't really have any expectations to live up to and I can't take away from it for that. Better offerings out there, but I probably wouldn't turn it down if offered... maybe.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium amber in color, with a modest white head, which soon collapses to scattered islands of foam, and thin, patchy lacing on the glass walls.

Aroma: Fairly prominent pine tar hops vie with sweet caramel, bitter cocoa, and earth.

Taste: Opens with rather sharp pine tar hops, followed by dark fruits and bitter apple peel, finishes with a bit of earthiness and sharp, lingering herbal and pine tar hops.

Mouth feel: A bit thin and watery, with slightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: While certainly not bad, it is not as balanced and flavorful as previous years were. More maltiness would be quite welcome.

Presentation: Packaged in a short brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, serverd in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

christmas ales are always a tough brew to rate. Spices can be hard to guage for how long they'll last. I don't know when this was originally released but at this point it's a decent looking brew that has become a one note song - cinnamon. Not quite a cinnamon stick but in that vein. I might try it fresh if possible but otherwise would look elsewhere for my holiday ale.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.56/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from deepsouth, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, pale hops with touches of nuts and caramel, but none of which seem very well-blended.

T: The taste starts out malty & bready and then there’s a quick burst of hops bitterness that comes in. As the hops bitterness fades, some sweet flavors of caramel, dark fruit (raisins & berries) and nuts. Although the flavors tend to balance out, there's just something that seems off here. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, decent kick, this beer just didn’t hit it off with me and to be honest, I’m having a hard figuring out why. However, I can say with certainty that I would pass on drinking it again.

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Photo of BWH3
2.2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Christmas Ale 2007 Abita
Draft Pint

Appearance: Mild clear brown with a big beige head and great retention. This is as goof as this beer will get. I was thrilled by the appearance. (4.5)

Smell: A burnt off putting bitterness without much complexity or other scents to balance it. No sweetness or special holiday spices or unique richness. Smells like a brown ale gone bad. (2.0)

Taste: Same as smell with a dominating ashy flavor and unforgiving bitterness. (2.0)

Mouthfeel: Thin watery fairly still mild brown ale. (2.5)

Drinkability: A disappointing seasonal ale. I would not recommend it or repeat it. (2.0)

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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright ruby amber with a one-finger foamy off-white head that descends to a thin lasting cover. Some traces of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of citric fruitiness and caramel.

The taste is malt-accented - caramelish - wihth a firm citric hoppy balance. Light touch of cinnamonish spiciness gives it a holiday spiciness. Sweet with a bitterish finish with a slightly warming note.

Medium in body and carbonation, this is smooth and very easy to drink.

A tasty, well-balanced brew. Not quite as hefty/hearty as some other Christmas Ales, it is fitting for a southern Christmas brew. An amber/red ale with a nice hoppy touch.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour created about a finger-and-a-half's worth of thick, deep-tan head with good retention. The nose was hoppier than what I might have once expected from a red ale, but I have noted that trend of late. A swirl of the liquid also released some sweet characteristics. My mouth began to water as a result. The color was beautiful deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was medium-to-full with an interesting admixture of sweetness and bitterness on the tongue. It was on the finish that the sweetness won out, but just barely. My, but this was good. I keep finding myself wishing that I had more of some beers and fewer of others. I wish that I had more of this one.

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Photo of imaguitargod
1.76/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours to an extremely small head that dissipates to a microscopic foam that spreads over the top of the surface. Burgundy in color and no where near transparent.

I've had many Christmas Ales and this has all the features of one. I would label this as mediocre X-Mas ale though. The flavors are not all that bold and do not linger at all. Once it hits your taste buds, it is gone. There is one thing that lingers and turbine2475 (see below) nailed it. It's like a residue or film like taste. Good thing I only spend $1.50 on one bottle.

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Photo of medic25
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass; coppery red color with a short-live tan head. Not a very strong aroma; mostly malt. Taste is well balanced. The malt predominates, but there is a little hoppy bitterness. Goes down fairly easily, if not especially memorable. I'd expected something more along the lines of a winter warmer when I picked up the bottle; it's not an especially Christmasy beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.26/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clean copper, with orange hints, and an off white head. In the aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a sticky sweet maltiness. In the taste, just a hint of cinnamon in a quite watery and bland taste. A smooth, watery mouthfeel and a semi-dry aftertaste, with a hint of cinnamon. Very watery, other than a hint of cinnamon, not much other too get excited about.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this a little late for the season (May, 2008), but the beer was stored in a refrigerator.

Nice pour with a moderate head that leaves spotty lace on the glass. The color is brownish copper and quite clear.

The aroma is attractive with a good initial malt nose that quickly goes over to a fresh floral hop smell.

More dark malts in the flavor than I expected--a little bit of chocolate. I don't detect any problems with the age of the brew. The swallow brings out some wonderful hop bitterness that is very complimentary (read: not too heavy) to the malt base. Good body and carbonation.

I am surprised by the ratings of some of my fellow BA'ers. I think this is an excellent Pale Ale. I would say that it doesn't fit my expectations of the traditional winter offerings, but I find this to be a very good beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber in color with some orange highlights, sporting a fluffy two finger head that lingered a bit. No lacing shows up on the glass.

Smell: light spiciness is all the nose could pull out of the glass.

Taste: caramel, plums, red apple, and some soft spice are most noticeable on top of the bready malt layer. Bitterness is strong enough to make this interesting.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied brew. Lightly crisp to start but finishes smooth. Very short bready aftertaste.

Drinkability: not a bad beer from the Abita folks as this was enjoyed over the xmas during some get-togethers with friends.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recieved in trade from barefootbrewer thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a clear deep copper color with a thin white head that leaves some lace on the side of the glass. Smell comes through with floral citrusy hops and a bit if biscuit malt. Taste is a good mix of hops and malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not much body here. Overall not a bad beer, very tasty, but could stand a bit more body.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich and clear dark mahogany amber with a dense tan head that drops to a thin layer of thick bubbles.

Smell. I think this is the first time I've had an abita christmas ale where i smell some hops! Lol, it actually smells a bit similar to their red ale in the spring. Bitterness is mild with a bit of caramel that is a touch sweet.

Taste. With the hops, i initially get some spices- nutmeg and bitter cinnoman...but that quickly goes away. The hops are present, but nicely placed as just another flavor. There is a sense of maltiness, but i would consider this beer slightly hoppier than malty. Warms quickly in the mouth and gives a creaminess that is pleasant. Malts begin to come out within a few seconds that gives it a little bit of sweetness and a bit of a powdery bitter chocolate, and then gets more of a dry roasty malt flavor. Aftertaste gets quite dry, almost tobacco-like.

Mouthfeel. Carbonation is there, but i would say this beer is on the fuller side with its creaminess. Plus, i am not guessing this is all that high in the alcohol content, but certainly carries its own.

Overall, certainly my favorite year so far. I am glad i get some more of the hop balance this year. A bit surprising Abita made it so hoppy...looks like they got a little flavor for the west coast. You may not love it, but you certainly should give it a try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An impressive small-type beer with a lot of hop character and very likable. Begins with a sharp, spicy, citrus hop nose with underlying soft maltiness. Quite Pale Ale-sh. The look is a mainly copper color with some golden hues mixed in. Very well headed with an off-white foamstand and solid retention. Flavors are a bit less hoppy than the nose suggests; but balances against the medium malt sweetness nicely. Textures are quite light, creamy, and very easy to drink. Clean, crisp, and refreshing throughout with a mild minty finish. Seems like a Dortmunder Gold with the hop intensity of Doggie Style Pale Ale. Very nice beer!

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Christmas Ale 2007 from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 48 ratings