Christmas Ale 2010 | 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

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 tone77 on 11-06-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
69
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
16.86%
 
 
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a near-clear red-brown color with a large head of light beige foam. Head dies down to a lasting thin coat and leaves a little lacing.

A - Medium and light malt with earthy hops, toffee and hints of dark fruit with some light 'winter' spicing.

T: Vanilla, toffee, light spicy hops and figs, over a solid malt base. Somewhat earthy and nutty. "Christmas" flavor notes are under control here, excepting perhaps the vanilla, but thankfully there is no overblown nutmeg or cinnamon.

MF: Light/medium body; good medium carbonation

O - An above-average, easy drinking offering from Abita. Good economical winter seasonal.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderate brown color with a thin light tan head and a tad bit of lacing. The nose is some light toast and roast plus some caramel and mild spice. The taste brings some semi-sweet malt and hints of spice plus a dash of caramel. The feel is a bit thin yet slightly creamy. Drinks fairly well ands is better that I expected from a brewery I don't generally care for all that much.

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Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review based on notes, drank this early February

Pours brown with a pinky of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Fruittyness, woody hops & toffee

T: Toffee, brown sugar & figgyness up front. Some nutty notes as this warms, along with caramel & piney hops. Finishes dry with brown sugar & toffee

MF: Light/medium bodied, medium carbonation & nice balance

Drinks easy, a cut above Abita's usual offerings

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Photo of woodychandler
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

tone77 wants me to keep him in CANs as he helps to keep my bottle numbers in alignment, so ours is a symbiotic relationship as traders. I am all about Abita anyway, so it is not a challenge or a chore to drink one of their beers. TheChauffeur1 and I actually stopped in at their beer bar headed north and west leaving Nawlins and I had the totally memorable Oysters Abitafeller for lunch. I would like to dedicate this review to all of my Bulldog homies (Jeremy, Adem, Jackie and The Beer Buddha, who I kept missing on my last visit).

From the bottle: "A Christmas gift should be special. Selected especially for you. A great deal of money need not be spent., but a considerable amount of thought should be expended. So, with you in mind, each year at the Abita Brewery we craft a very special Christmas Ale. Every year the recipe changes. Abita Christmas Ale is a perfect gift. It's always the right color and fits nicely in your hand. ... we hope it's just what you wanted."

My aggro pour left me facing a rocky finger-and-a-half of mocha-tan head with medium retention. Color was a deep brownish-red with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose had the cocoa-biscuitiness of the style. Yum! if you have ever had a chocolate biscotti, you will understand. Mouthfeel was medium and the chocolate malt just jumped out on the the tongue, but with a noticeable hop bitterness underlying the overall sweetness. Finish was more bitter than sweet and seemed to put it out of balance on the whole. I have had better beers from Abita and I would steer you to one of those and away from this one.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, twist off cap, label is all christmas colors, unlike the one show above...just sayin...pours pretty typical looking for for a brown, slightly hazed under next to no head. The highlight here might be the nose, which is fairly robust with notes of dark and nicely roasty malts.

Tastewise things get fairly thin, with just a hint and a half of more dark maltyness, with a metallic note tossed in to boot.

Not much of a finish...not much of a effort here for what supposed to be a festive "Christmas beer"...

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells slight roasted malt, sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of earthy malt, and a hint of chocolate. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight earthy malt, hops, slight sweet malt, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, good feel, but weak body.

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops present. Taste is good, hops up front, a bit nutty, some malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality brew.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, roasted malt scent along with a mild caramel malt sweetness. There is a subtle nuttiness as well. The taste is decent. It has a thin roasted and caramel malt flavor. It goes down with ease and finishes bone dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but just an average brown.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Abita Christmas pours a hazy brown, decent sized head and no lace. Bready malt, lightly toasty. Flavor follows the nose, bready, nutty a touch of spice. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Average drinkability, possibly the best beer this miserable brewery produces.

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Photo of Brad007
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. The bottle did not specify which year and I hope this is the 2010.

Aroma is full of grassy hops followed by only a hint of sweet malt. Odd for a brown ale.

Lots of grassy hops upfront with only a slight hint of sweet malt. Hmm.

Time to gripe. This beer is overly carbonated. It must have been miscategorized as well. It's a red ale.

Not bad but I've had better as far as seasonals go.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy amber-brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel. It is simple aroma, but strong enough to be of mild interest. The taste is similar to the aroma, but the caramel does have some depth to it. Still it is a rather simple taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could drink again. There are better brown ales out there, but I would never have a problem drinking this one.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clearish, red-brown color with a large cap of light beige foam. Nice retention and lacing.

Dark plum fruit with some cinnamon and sugar dusting. Tropical hop aromas meld well with the soft caramel malt.

Pretty sure there is a little bit of spicing going on here, but it is very mild. Biscuity malt with a fruitcake-dough yeast presence. Fairly sweet, but some toast and hop bitterness clean things up pretty well. I guess brown ale is as good of classification as any, but it is not your typical brown ale. The Abita christmas beers always have the same mild vibe to them even though they claim to use a different recipe every year. Easy drinking six-pack that can vanish pretty quickly. I got this on sale for 3.99 and am very happy with it for that price.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice opaque dark-chocolate brown with a fine-bubbled light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma is not strong, but does invite a taste with malty, woody, and subtle cinnamon and cloves notes. Flavor has a malty core with spice (cinnamon and cloves) hints and a woody, slightly bitter hops undertone. Texture has average body but a fair amount of tingle, leaving a fizzy, woody finish.

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Photo of deonreds
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abita Christmas Ale (2010 edition) has a thick, frothy, off-white head and a very clear amber appearance, with moderate carbonation; spaced lacing is present down the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts and dark coffee. Taste is of dark roasted barley, dark roast coffee, and a hop under-spice; all of these come together in a delicious triad. Mouth-feel is medium, and Abita Christmas Ale (2010) has a nice, settled finish. Overall, I quite enjoyed this pleasant, mild ale.

RJT

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Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper in color, nice finger of head that leaves nice little lacing.

Aroma is nice, with a hint of sweet malts, with a subtle, floral hop aroma.

Taste is good, with a starting slightly malt sweet, moving to nice subtle woodsy hops, and finishing with a hint of nuttiness.

Feel is crisp, smooth, and upper light in body.

Overall, solid on the drink.

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Photo of Morey
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours reddish brown in color when held up to the light....and I must say, It looks a little watery. One finger off-white head following a medium aggressive pour. Head has settled to a thin lace (consisting of plenty of big bubbles) rather quickly.

Smells of mild hops and sweet malts as well as something else that I just can't seem to pin point (and I'm not sure that I like it).

Taste is hoppy up front and then is get kind of thin and watered down towards the middle.

Thin mouthfeel with low carbonation.

I could drink several, but I'm not sure I'd want to.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not that I expect a lot from Abita or anything...but this is slightly disappointing. Too thin and water for a winter release of any kind. Easy drinking for someone who isn't into craft beer.

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Photo of Damian74
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, deep amber brown with a dense, persistent cream-colored cloud top head. Abundant Belgian lace adorns the glass walls. Numerous streams of fat bubbles drif lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Lots of toasted malts, caramel, a little cocoa as well, modest herbal hops, and slight spices.

Taste: Opens with nut and toffee notes. A pronounced undercurrent of cold coffee is present throughout the taste. Caramel is present as well, with hints of dark fruit and brown sugar. Toward the close of the taste, pine tar hops appear and linger well past the close. The finish is a bit dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the style, with a little Christmas spicing as well.

Packaged in a short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From winter brew tasting notes (2010): Clear chestnut pour with almost reddish highlights and wispy tan head. Sweet malty aroma with some toastiness. Flavor has hints of cherries, molassis, toffee, and lots of caramel. Nutmeg in the flavor, No real other 'holiday' spices, but that might be because of the age. Interesting that they change the recipe every year. Did not like 2010 at all.

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Christmas Ale 2010 from Abita Brewing Co.
3.44 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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