TheBeerLover (1026) - 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 don’t think Abita spiced this year’s version. Nice easy drinking Christmas Ale, one you could enjoy a few of.
hophead75 (2012) - 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) - People’s 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 (4096) - 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: dog’s 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 can’t quite describe the flavor; there’s 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 (7976) - .....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!
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2006 version. Deep amber-copper body with a medium, dissipating off-white head. Sweet, cerealy aroma with grassy hops and berries. The body is lighter than I expected, cerealy and toasty, with light sweetness paired with grassy hops. Unbalanced acidity mars the palate. Would that the aroma was an indication of the body...