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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2006
2005. Pours light brown with a frothy tan head. It has a sweet and malty aroma and has a similar flavor. It reminds me of an oktberfest style of beer. A little sticky on the palate. Overall, a decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcr (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2006
2005. This beer just didnt seem to have the umph one expects in a Chritstmas/winter ale. Poured copper color with moderate head. If you work at it, you can get a nose of sweet malts and spice. These are more apparent in the flavor which yields cinnamon and nutmeg and a bit of sweetness underneath. Smooth, crisp finish with a fading bitter aftertaste. Thin going on medium body. Better Christmas ales are available.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2006
This is a fairly respectable Christmas brew, although it missed the typical Abita "spring water" taste. This is one of the lighter Christmas beers you will drink and it pretty refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2006
Caramel seems to be the theme of this beer. Caramel colored pour with light notes of caramel in the nose and layers of sweet caramel malts in the body. Pretty one dimensional - but quite drinkable. A nice refresher but not much more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2006
12 oz bottle Pours a clear dark amber with an off white creamy head. Lacing is decent. Has a malty aroma of carmel and molasses. A medium bodied ale with good carbonation. Not much aftertaste, still a refreshing beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2006
2005. Pours thin copper color with quarter inch head. Aroma is weak, but has hint of clove. Taste is also rather weak with a bitter aftertaste. High carbonation. A seasonal brew should highlight seasonal tastes. This one does not.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 1, 2006
really llight bodied but it did have some nice flavor notes to it. A sweet maltiness a subtle hop balance a really smooth finish made this a half way decent chirstmas ale. It would be a good starter chirstmas ale for people whom never had one before.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
The present for 2005... Abita had some leftover Octoberfest to bottle. The destinct marzen maltyness was there and the beer was balanced and crafted as Abita knows how to do but is was not good.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Twentys (41) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2005
looks good, tastes bland. Not that disappointing considering I havent loved much from Abita... Beer of the Month.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
2005 version. This ale pours a deep cooper color from a 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is mild, slightly sweet with some spices. A light to medium bodied ale. Malts are caramel and not very sweet. As a result the first sip yields a whole bunch of nutmeg and cinnamon with no malt sweet to balance them out., which tends to make the first rather unpleasant. Then its sort of thin and watery and the carbonation is weak. Needless to say it does not make a good combination. No wonder they pushed this one off on the Beer of the Month clubs all over the country. Maybe I can use the other two bottles I got for cooking. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and sharp. Aftertaste is bitter. No good pass on this one.

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