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Christmas Ale 2009 | Abita Brewing Co.

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Christmas Ale 2009Christmas Ale 2009

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Christmas Ale (November - December) rounds out our calendar. Generally, this beer is a dark ale, however, the recipe changes each year, offering a unique product crafted with special care. Enjoy your holidays with Abita Christmas Ale.

Added by Bonhoeffer on 11-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, clear, amber in color, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, nutmeg, and bread

Taste: toasted malt, bread, caramel, and holiday spices including cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet with a small bitterness at the end

Drinkability: This tastes like an Abita beer with the malts that are present in most of their beers. The spice here is not overly dominate-rather it mixes with the malts. A step above subtle. I could have three in a sitting.

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Photo of bob3701
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber color with red hints. Fluffy white head that hung around, it laced OK. Subtle hints of clove and nutmeg. Not at all overwhelming like other holiday spiced brews. A well made beer that went down nice and easy. I wish I had had more of this beer since there seemed to be other tastes yet to explore in it.

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Photo of wesl56
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- pours a deep red/brown, small head with faint lacing

s- hard to tell whats going on here, kinda citrusy and yeasty, also smells a little like fruit, banana maybe?

t- again, lots going on here, i swear it tastes like there is lemon juice in here... interesting to drink, nothing bland or boring about this

m- for the color, its suprisingly light and refreshing, leaves little to no aftertaste

d- refreshing, easy to drink

abita's beers are always kinda off-the-wall to me, never predictable... this tastes like there are lots of ingredients and flavors mixed together... you almost taste something different with each sip... i wouldnt really associate this with other "christmas" beers, but it is an intriguing beer and for the low price, i'll try it again

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Photo of BeerMark
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abita's Christmas Ale 2009 serves up a rich looking brown/red with an off white head. The nose detects some spiciness mixed with malt and hops. The taste is very likable to me. It's got a great malt backbone mixed with some bitter hoppiness. I really like a well balanced beer and this one delivers. Abita's Christmas Ale reminds me a little bit of one of my other favorites: Rogue's Santa's Private Reserve (minus the pacman yeast, of course). I'll be picking up more before the season is over.

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Photo of degerbah
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown with three fingers of head. LOts of lacing as the head dies down. Smell is lots of flowery hops and maybe a hint of malt. The taste is much more balanced than I owuld have thought based on the smell. Much more malt to begin with with most of the hops evident in the aftertaste. A very easy drinker. I might try to load up on this before it goes out of season. This is much better than any other abita seasonal I've ever had.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce botle into a standard pint glass
Clear copper in color with a rather small one inch head of foam
Aroma-cinnamon and some spice
Taste-Faint cinnamon with some spice notes-Rather thin-bodied with a bit of a metallic aftertaste
An okay offering, but not the best Christmas ale out there by any means

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this from a 12-oz bottle...

A: pours a darker amber color with a hint of red in it. A nic foam head with decent lacing. A good looking bier.
S: Mild ginger and spice aroma. Mod wheat bread. Clear in aroma, nothing skunky or uninviting about it.
T: Mild spices, follows the aroma well. A little malty. No bitter aftertaste. Not an overpowering taste, but good.
M: Enjoyable
D: This is a easy-to-drink bier. Could have a few without issue.

Overall, this is a good, but not great, Christmas ale. Abita always does a good job with their biers and this is without exception. I recommend this bier. Prosit.

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Photo of popery
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An okay Red/Amber that does little to distinguish itself. There are no real faults, except that it's kind of boring for a Christmas Ale. It a nice enough looking beer, pretty much middle of the road for the style. The aroma is fairly malty with some citric hops. It's a relatively well-balanced beer, I guess. I'm not sure how much that matters to me. The citric hop flavors and nutty, toasty malt don't quite blend together well for me, neither flavor is particularly interesting. It's an easy beer to drink but doesn't leave me wanting more.

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Photo of TLove
2.74/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally in D.C. Not that the 2008 was that notable.

This beer, like the 2008, fails to conform to the standards of the Christmas Ale set forth by its peers. This beer is not driven by spice, but by hops and is aptly characterized as an American Amber/Red.

Has an almost florescent red color with a subtle, 1/2 finger, thinnish head with a moderate body. Some spices of nutmeg and anise, with a prominent, pecan oiliness on the tongue that is a tad offputting. Similar to other amber ales in its structure and thin balance, but pervasive hop structure. Nice to drink. Crisp and refreshing and a bit sour. Has a nutty feel in the mouth, with a bit of a sour tingle on the finish.

Again, quite odd for a Christmas ale. As my rating suggests, this isn't a particularly well-constructed beer aside from the fact that it lacks distinction.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be the best beer I've ever had from Abita. Gorgeous red hue, nice creamy head that persists for a while. Good citrus and pine aroma, probably a little dry hopping in action. Excellent rich maltiness supporting some fantastic hop flavor. This reminds me a bit of Rogue American Amber, which is my favorite example of the style.

We have a home run, here. Can't believe I'm the first to review the '09.

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Christmas Ale 2009 from Abita Brewing Co.
3.55 out of 5 based on 46 ratings.
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