muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12 oz bottle, no date, silver label, from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (December 2006). Given the price and the fact that there was only one of these, sort of hiding on a low shelf, and that the label is peeling easily, Iím betting this is rather old. Still, it pours nicely into the Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass, very clear amber with a decent off-white (quickly dying) head.....faint ginger-licorice spiciness, a bit nutty, overall fairly weak and dull aroma....extremely weak and watery on the tongue, just a bit of brown ale-like nuttiness, old dessicated caramel perhaps, and a bit of dried lemon.....this is definitely past its prime but I donít really have any confidence that a new bottle would be any fresher....spiciness is certainly muted to almost nothing in this bottle, whether from age or the recipe from whatever yearís model this is, I canít say.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle of 2006 version. Pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber color, with a soapy, tan head that fades, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is inviting, with aromas of light toast, nuts, and caramel. The palate is lean, with some light toffee, toasty, and light nutty malt flavor. Abita Christmas Ale finishes with more toffee, toasty, and nutty flavor up front, then ends with some grassy hop bitterenes to balance the sweetness of this beer. All and all a tasty, malty ale, but not the most impressive of the Christmas beers out there. I could detect no spice notes in nose, palate, or finish, so I donít think Abita spiced this yearís version. Nice easy drinking Christmas Ale, one you could enjoy a few of.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
bottle courtesy of dirtymike, thanks! Pours a deep hazy brown with a small off white head. Aroma of lightly oxidized caramel malt, bready yeast, toffee, and light chocolate. Taste is the same, smooth finish. Carbonation is light but apparent.
dkoonce (911) - Peopleís Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 Bottle. Light brown, with a thick off-white head. Rich malt aroma, with coffee and toffee in the profile. Smooth, without much carbonation evident. Off flavor in the finish.
Re-rate for 2007 batch. Off flavor is gone. Excellent balance of malt and hops.
IrishBoy (3872) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 16, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2006 Bottle from Beer_Hawk, Thanks! Nose is very light with a little caramel and a cinnamon note; dark copper color with a tiny beige head which quickly disappears; malty flavor with a caramel hint, but really no spiciness. I can detect a tiny amount of hops in the finish.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crystal clear, moderate copper color with small to medium sized off white head. Aroma is malty, bit of orange peel and cinnamon, slightly metallic. Flavor is malty, crisp, bit of caramel and vanilla, palate is a bit thin, with a balanced finish. In a sea of uninspiring winter/holliday ales, this is average at best.
TopTekeUWM (25) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
First rating so I hope this goes well!
12 oz. draft during the pub crawl and re-tasted the draft at a local bar. Off white head and pours nicely. Appearance is amber and taste is somewhat nutty and toasty. The beer finishes with a very soapy taste. Not too bad for a seasonal from Abita.
ajolly2 (129) - USA - DEC 8, 2006
2.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 version. Appearance is ruddy and translucent. Light head and lacing. First impression of the aroma: dogís breath, salted peanuts, and something fruity. I know that sounds off-putting, and it is, but what it lacks in aroma is made up for just slightly in taste. Very light body. Finish: not too dry, not too acidic, not too bitter. I canít quite describe the flavor; thereís something unnatural about it. Expected a better Christmas present out of Abita Springs.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
(Besty by 04/23/2007) The spicing is on the light side, if this is spiced at all. The body is light a on the dry side. Not a whole lot going on here. Lamo.
SudsMcDuff (5930) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006..Pours with a great head!...and the lacing is swell...very nice people-pleasing taste!...light brown...some sweet subtle aromas!...is a nice simply made brew! ..again...simple beer can be great beer!