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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 184   ABV: 6.13%
As befits any Christmas present, each years offering is a unique product crafted with special care. Generally, this beer is a dark ale, however, the recipe changes each year. Available November thru December.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Not a bad S/H/V. Not very tasty, but very drinkable. Aroma was pine, wood and a little bit of hops. Pour was a dark brown with a thin one finger off white head. Taste was a little bland in the beginning, with pine and spices coming out as it warms. Aftertaste of wood and a bit of hops. Decent carbonation but just not flavorful enough to be great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer (4385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2007
12 oz that has a shiny silver label, I assume this is the 2007 version. Medium-sized and lasting head on this uncloudy, dark copper-brown beer. Aroma is spicy wood and slight cocoa. Flavor is unsweetened cocoa, toasted nut, dried wood, fruity and piney hops, and some unidentified dry-earthy herb-spice(s). The hops combine with the subtle spice to give a nice bitter-fruit, deep woody finish to this beer. Palate is almost medium bodied, smooth and dry. Havenít had the previous versions, but this yearís is unique and flavorful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Okay, maybe I give them an emotional rating because of good memories, but this is a nice little change for Abita. Spicy, piney, not overly hoppy. Decent drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rfox3 (3) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - NOV 3, 2007 does not count
Bottled. Pours medium brown with orange hue. Off white/light brown. Slight herb/flower taste with a hint of spice. Light on the palate with medium duration.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2007
bottle. okay so basically as far as I can tell they took the amber and added more hops to the brewing process. unfortunatly it didnít blend well. seems like two beers put together that arenít big fans of each other. strong caramel and floral aroma. flavor is lightly bitter throughout. not a bad beer but not a successful attemp either.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wshores (58) - Saltillo, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2007
unusual cloudy orangeish color, slight spicy aroma, flavor is ok with a strange spicy flavor. Hope its better next year

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: XXX-mas Ale
Date: 12/16/1995
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery

slightly hazy amber, clear deep ruby red
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Date: 02/01/1997

whispy tan head, malty with a slight spicy aroma, high malt flavor with lots of bitterness and a just a touch of spicy floral hops

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Score: *4
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (534) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Cloudy orange appearance, sweet nose. Malty taste with orange peel. Piney blandish aftertaste. 28%??? Naw, the sweet maltiness deserves a better rating though it does not have the spicycomplexity of a xmas ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b33r (772) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Medium brown color with a small off-white head and no lacing. Malty and fruity aroma. Flavor is sour and malty. Spices/herbs donít seem to blend well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Bottle sampled on 1/21/07: Pours a hazy copper brown with a thin, spotty-lacing off-white head. Sweet honeyed wheat aroma has a hint of cherries and earthy hops. Body starts fairly full with a hint of pale malty sweetnes, some light earthy bitterness and a faint touch of seasonal spice. Overall pretty weak in flavor and bland.

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