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:
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Added by EgadBananas on 11-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
18.21%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
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Photo of Megahertz
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
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 fishguyac
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of jgarvis
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy amber color with frothy head that linges pretty well in tulip. Smell is toasted malt and caramel. Taste is sweet and toasted malts, caramel, and a hint of spice. Slight bitterness in finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Overall this was fair.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single finger thick head with nice lacing on a hazy amber body. Fruity and earthy hops, caramel and toasted malts for aroma. Flavors follow well with more toasted malts and nice hop presence with earthy and citrus hops with hint of metal. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Crisp, highly drinkable and a decent hop presence for the style. Better than most browns out there and one of the better Abita beers I have ever had.

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Photo of mmiller32
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
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 JoeLacy
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of pkalix
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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 LarryMyers
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of bambam2517
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, drank at 45F.

A - Dark ruby to burnished bronze in color, nice amount of head that dissipted quickly into a nice lasting lace ring.

S - Oak and pepper, light piney hop aroma as well. Backed up by some roasted malt, impressive complexity for a beer in this price range.

T - Juniper berry esters in the forefront, a little toasted nuttiness as it develops. Christmas ale is a good description here.

M - Wish it were a bit more warming, but it feels good on the palate and doesn't linger too long. Just a tinge of bitter finish.

O - Well done, I'll be sure to have some on hand for Christmas guests. Wouldn't make a good everyday drinker, but as a seasonal its spot on. Cheers!

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Photo of animal69
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a deep ruby mahogany. A vanilla cream colored head leaves a thick film in it's wake while loads of soapy lacing coat the glass initially.

The beer smells distinctly Abita-ish. There's a rather strong black pepper aroma, with hints of what I call "burnt hops."

The taste profile is a little more encouraging. Some warm, toasty malts lead into the black pepper body. At the tail end, some faint spices, mainly cinnamon. A slightly woody, cedar finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, dry.

Overall, I can't get over the black pepper thing. Not sure of I'm missing something or not.

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Photo of Boone757
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of mattporter2
2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of RyanSBrennan
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.5% ABV, Best Before 03/02/13 printed on neck, (2012 vintage).

A - A ruby hue washes over the rusty amber beer which pours with perfect clarity. Some vigor creates a tall light cream head which towers in height for quite some time before fading to a sturdy pile of foam leaving thick, chunky lace on the pint.

S - Earthiness abounds with dust and crumbly dirt from brown malts create an interesting profile for a Christmas ale but there's also quite a bit added from earthy, faintly herbal and somewhat pine-y hops. It seems somewhat closed off at first and a swirl only encourages off-putting aromas of burnt rubber and new shoe (which normally is pleasing). Toasted bread and finishes.

T - A seemingly mild addition of roasted malt comes forward in a big way, pushing forwards with bitter baker's chocolate, gritty burnt toast, and the same dirt and dust earth qualities the aroma possesses. Mild herbal spice opens up more followed by more pine attributes which completely differentiate themselves from the American hops one might think of when "pine" is mentioned.

M - Abita's Christmas Ale has a medium-light body leaning more towards the latter as it finishes extremely dry with an unchecked almost astringent bitterness and odd pine flavor.

O - I can't say I'm going to finish this beer. It's not quite for me but I also don't think it's worthy of calling it a drain-pour outright. This Christmas ale's heavy earthiness, gritty bitterness, and pine seem unbalanced; a bad combination for my palate.

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Photo of deletedmemory
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, surprisingly so into the pint glass. Quite the pine aroma with a hint of bitterness from the hops. Not sure what the spice if any is here but there's something 'Christmasy' going on here. Could be the balsam candles the wife has lit but it fits the mood and the occasion perfectly with my daughter watching the Grinch cartoon for the first time. Mouthfeel is alright nothing special a bit dry on the finish which I am liking.
Of coure this isn't something I would drink all of the time, but for the season at $7.99 for a sixer it aint bad.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
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 mhaugo
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of mcdsports
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of RWACKO
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Christmas Ale 2012 from Abita Brewing Co.
3.35 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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