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Christmas Ale 2011 | Abita Brewing Co.

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Christmas Ale 2011Christmas Ale 2011

Brewed by:
Abita Brewing Co.
Louisiana, United States

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 EgadBananas on 11-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of mfc
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually REALLY love this beer and am a little surprised to see the low-ish ratings!

A: Pours a dark red/brown color with a thick head and nice lacing.

N: Very heavy on the pine in a good way. Maybe it's because I normally drink this during the holidays and the pine gives me the warm and fuzzies, but I love it. Grapefruit follows and then a hint of caramel malt on the back end.

T: More bitter than I would expect from the smell, but great. Nice and hoppy with a good malt balance. Really roasty, nutty, piney. Malt finish.

M: Smoothhhh. Love it. Medium carbonation. Can't taste the booze (average ABV so not surprising there)

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of barczar
3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber brown color with a half inch fairly solid egg white head that lingers, leaving a hint of lacing when it dissipates.

Heavy toffee and butterscotch aromas dominate, with toasted breadcrust, nuttiness, and a hint of roast malt and pine rounding out the profile. There's a bit of vanilla.

The flavor has an underlying pine character throughout, with heavily toasted malt, almost burnt, and toffee dominating mid palate and carrying into the slightly burnt, bitter finish. Tastes like a burnt pine tree might taste. Vanilla and a hint of ginger emerge as it warms.

Body is on the light side of moderate, with moderate carbonation and a slightly astringent finish. A touch of alcohol warmth is present.

I'm not a huge christmas beer fan, but this is at least not spice overload. I'd probably enjoy this a lot more sans the burnt malt character. Will revisit at christmas.

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ckollias
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with a big tan head that slowly dissipates in to a solid persistent lace leaving a great trail down the whole glass.

S: Strong malty sweet aroma with hints of spices.

T: Smooth tart brew with an bland general malt flavor. There is a little bit of spice here but not much else.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Man – I thought this beer was going to be awesome just by the smell but the flavor was a big disappointment. Just your average brew and nothing I would grab again.

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1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

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4/5  rDev +25.8%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of StoutishDan
4.75/5  rDev +49.4%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, reddish brown, nice fluffy white head. Not much aroma to this one, maybe some faint nuttiness. Taste is light to medium bodied, not a great mouthfeel. Some roasted malt, not much for hops. A very, boring bland beer for me.. this one did not work well for me at all. Odd finish to it even, something about the taste just feels off and I've had 100 better christmas seasonals than this one, I would pass in the future.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

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4/5  rDev +25.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

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1/5  rDev -68.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice clear dark amber color, decent head that settles.

Nose is toasty and hoppy. Smells like plain rice cakes.

Taste is hoppy, but not extreme, with some milt toastyness from the malt. Very similar to a Newcastle Brown ale with a little more hop character.

Very refreshing mouthfeel, light with medium fizz.

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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Christmas Ale 2011 from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 162 ratings
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