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Christmas Ale 2012 | 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: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
136
pDev:
18.54%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
Trade:
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by ruckus232:
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3.75/5  rDev +14%

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Photo of garymuchow
2/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Alright, it's already the first day of spring and I'm still holding onto a Christmas ale. Time to get this one into the books - and into my belly. Best by 3/2/13
Kind of a nasty hop aroma, like wet old hops. Very unpleasant.
Very attractive beer. Full rich dense head. Very clear brown body with deep red highlights.
I'm afraid the taste has some of the same nastiness as the aroma. It's not a complete disaster as I can grab some of the malts, but it's mostly the unpleasantness of the old mold hops.
Rather thin body with some fullness from the carbonation.
This is only a little past best by date, so I can't imagine it was much better two or three weeks ago.
Life's too short to finish this one.

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Photo of riversider76
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber brown with a fluffy tan head. Excellent retention and laceing. Aroma is of piney hops and carmel malts. Body is crisp,light and carbonated. Taste has a nice hop presence throughout. Carmel malts, and brown sugar are there too. Decent balance. Nice.

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Photo of chris1919
4.75/5  rDev +44.4%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of deebo
2.6/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle with a BB date of 3/2/13 into a chalice provides a finger of slightly off white head. Clear and light brown/ruby red in color. Aromas of lightly toasted barley malt, floral/citrus hops with a hint of cinnamon. The aroma is much more pleasing than the taste. This is a confused beer. I'm getting lots of different flavors here but not one is dominant and I can't put my finger on it. This beer finishes bitter. Weak in body and high in carbonation. Poor beer.

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Photo of grumpygerman
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of Robyn
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Megahertz
3.86/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a New Belgium globe. 2012 vintage.

A - Deep red to brown, hazy, with a moderate deep tan head.

S - Very hoppy, green, pine & orange zest with considerable cranberry-like fruit.

T - Cherry like fruity esters amidst a dough-like malt with very firm hop flavor and bitterness.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation.

O - On the hoppy side, for sure. Reminds me of Rogue Santa's Reserve. Abita's hoppiest offering.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.68/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Date Rated: April 13, 2013...
Glassware: Corsendonk snifter...
Occasion: Les Mis and a Creole brewery--straining thematic proximity...
Appearance: dark ruby velvet body with clinging off-white head--could be imposing with solid tracing as thee glass drains...
Aroma: pricks of spruce and citrus make this festive indeed; otherwise noteworthy for a brown ale...
Palate: full-bodied but oily, swiftly slickening the throat; flattened as soda--skunked?...
Taste: softened, mellow hops with enough malt to balance its flavor; not robust enough to garner interest in this genre ...
Overall: Okay, admittedly late for the Christmas beer seasonals, but they must be consumed sooner than later...this one is curious--alcohol strength is undetectable, but thee thinness of the beer ill-suits the style--this particular bottle may have been aged (a month after its best-by date) and thus could be adversely affected....

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Photo of animal69
3.75/5  rDev +14%

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

man, have you seen the amount of 'retired' beers from abita? do they like the 'special projects' or do they fail a lot? i've enjoyed most of what i've tried from them. i guess 'brown ale', according to BA's profile can mean just about anything, though....
beautiful dark ruby color, minimal head.smells like a darned christmas tree.
tastes like a christmas tree. lots of hops, some funky malt, unidentifiable, but decent. there's a serious weird scent and taste at the front which i cant put my finger on (honestly, a urine soaked diaper? i'm serious- i said i cant put my finger on it....) but it's tolerable and i could put a few of these away in a christmas-y/holiday/festive mood...

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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Best before 9 March 2013 printed on neck, (2012 vintage).

Aroma: Earthy, herbal and piney hops dominate. A winter APA? Nutty with an unfortunate hint of burnt rubber.

A: A medium-dark brown beer which pours with a tall, creamy off-white head. Good retention and spotty lacing on the glass.

T - Dark roasted malt comes forward to join the earthy, herbal and grassy ("weed', that is), very grassy, hops. There's a good bit of roasted nuts and some chocolate too, but no evidence of spicing (not that that's a bad thing).

Feel: medium-light body seems too thin. Excellent medium carbonation. Nicely dry finish.

O: Abita's 2012 Christmas Ale is an interesting winter brew with a very earthy hop treatment. The lack of "holiday spices" and the very grassy aroma and flavor make this more appropriate for winter in general than for Xmas.

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark reddish-brown in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, dark berries, and clove

Taste: toasted malt, light berries, sweet chocolate, clove and light roasted malt towards the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with a slightly bitter finish

Overall: Holiday ale in every sense of the word. Solid but a six pack is enough. After that I will not seek this out. I seem to remember enjoying previous Christmas Ales more. This will not stop me though from looking forward to next year's release.

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Photo of jazztoloc
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Abita Christmas Ale 2012 has a thick, foamy, beige head and a clear, bubbly, copper appearance. There is a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweetness, fruit, spice- really a fruitcake type thing. Taste is of sweet malts, brown bread, fruit cake, spices, and grapefruit. There is a nice hop bite showing up in mid-sip and into the finish. Mouthfeel is light, and Abita Christmas Ale 2012 finishes semi-dry, flavorful, and highly drinkable. Overall, this is a really enjoyable, festive beer, and I rate it pretty high. Check it out!

RJT

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany brown with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Nice lacing with good stick.

Smell - Aroma consists of predominantly earthy character, moderate pine, slight herb and peppery spice, faint caramel.

Taste - Earthy, woody character upfront. Subtle walnut undertones. Peppery. Hops are floral with touches of pine. Finishes quick

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with ample carbonation, which bites at the tongue. Goes down smooth, with a slightly watery finish.

Overall - One of the better beers I've had from Abita. Nice, interesting flavor. Doesn't quite hit the level I'd prefer, but it still delivers.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Pours an amber tinted brown, little to no head. Scent is mild and has notes of bread, nuts , caramel, brown sugar, raisins and dates, light herbal quality. Taste follows suit - medium in flavor intensity with none of the notes sticking out much more than the other. Medium bodied, some oily heft, light carbonation. Decent beer, but doesn't invoke the holiday much.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark copper/amber in color, with a nice cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Subtle hop and spruce notes
Taste-interesting notes of cinnamon clove, nutmeg. Underlying fruitiness of cranberry or orange, tangy, berry-like. a bit light-bodied but pretty flavorfull overall. Certainly worth a try.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mhaugo
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mmiller32
4/5  rDev +21.6%

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Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 136 ratings