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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 184   ABV: 6.13%
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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holdwine (1159) - 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.

2.4
   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.

2.8
   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 didn’t blend well. seems like two beers put together that aren’t 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.

2.5
   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

2.7
   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
-------- /> Name: XXX-mas Ale
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
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (552) - 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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b33r (835) - 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 don’t seem to blend well.

2.8
   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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 19, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a moderate head that faded away after a few minutes. Very light aroma of malt and caramel. Almost immediately, there is a dry bitterness that kicks in, but the beer itself lacks any flavor. A bit thin. Disappointing.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
onehotsexychic (101) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 16, 2007
Surprisingly tasty (not always a big fan of the Christmas Ales) not super strong just a good overall flavor.


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