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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Photo of iheartchicken
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler

A: appears a darker shade of red-orange with an inch tall thick head tan in color. good retention of head. respectable retention.

S: not much here but what I could pick up was very earthy... some toasted malts were noticeable and a hint of earthy hops

T: after the nose, i wasn't too surprised by the taste. watered down compared to many beers of this style. picked up on some earthy hops and definitely got the toasted malts. finish is very off-putting, yeasty and dry

M: very unique, it feels very light and fluffy (almost like its floating in my mouth). medium amount of carbonation.

O: very watered down compared to others of this style, relative to the ones ive tried of course. the mouth feel definitely stood out but overall a little disappointing. guess its a good thing this one changes yearly

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Photo of swampski
3.76/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For whatever reason, the taste was a bit disconcerting at first. However, once started, I found it difficult to stop as the taste grew on me. A lot like Abita's Restoration Ale (a pale ale that although somewhat harsh is near & dear to my heart as I was in restoration mode myself during that time) but not as harsh and thus more drinkable.

As others have mentioned, the style is a very hoppy, and not so specially spiced as traditional holiday specials. I found this to be somewhat in the tradition of O'Dell's stupendous Isolation Ale, and certainly a decent substitute if located in the very subtropical Louisiana winter as opposed to the severe Colorado Rockies one of O'Dell's, as this is the best Noël au Bayou offering. As Abita is the king of the microbrews that are available at supermarkets down on the bayou, I shall invest in more 6-packs of this concoction in the future this holiday season.

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Christmas Ale 2011 from Abita Brewing Co.
3.21 out of 5 based on 162 ratings.
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