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RATINGS: 547   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Beige head on an amber colored body. Rich caremel aroma with hints of honey and citrus. Taste is a dissapointment, very dry, and none of the nice things i found in the aroma. Mouthfeel is bit thin, and co2 is medium. Boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2005
12oz bottle - Pours copper with a nice foamy white head that stays pretty well and laces down the glass. Aroma is honey, caramel malts, and some grapefruit hops. Flavor is quite malty at first. Caramel, and a touch of honey. Then the hops from the aroma finish it off with some bitterness. Fairly smooth and drinkable on the palate. I thought this one of the better brews Iíve had from this brewer! Not bad..

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Bottled. Clear amber with a foamy head. Not much aroma...some malt. Nothing going on to differentiate this "spice" beer from any other lager on the market. Too many better X-mas ales to waste time with this one. Next.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Clear red, fluffy tan head. Earthy, honey malt aroma with some cardboard. Nutty, earthy caramel flavor with some spicy hops in the finish. Bitterness in a bit rough. Spritzy carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Way too thin, timid and watery. No dicernable Christmas spicing or robustness. Iím a little surprised by the ABV, too, because it just seemed so watered-down!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Beer of the Month Club Offering. <P> Lightly hopped aroma with even lighter spice notes. Rich copper in color with a firm thumb thick white head. Not much here flavor wise. Crisp hop bite I associate with premium lagers and almost no spice notes. Some subdued caramel malt, but overall it just doesnít taste like very much of anything.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Iím not sure what Abita was trying to accomplish here, but they fell short of whatever it was. Itís a thin malty brew with the usual Christmas ale spices. The finish was water with a drop of acid in it. Not worth coming back to.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BBB63 (6235) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle: Clean amber hue with a small fizzy head and minmal lace. The aroma has notes of pepper, clove, piney and grassy hops, grainy and caramel malts and bit of a veggie tone. The taste starts spicy and grassy with a slight malt background. Some light lingering bittering but did not provide much depth of palate. The feel was thin and watery, some astrengent qualities. Very sub-par offering and wished for more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan425 (2) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 28, 2005 does not count
A beautiful beer in the glass. Its not really fair to rate this brew though because they change the recipe every year. Very malty with a slight bite and a little spice. A great beer to enjoy by the fire!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Bottle. Poured a redish amber with a small bubbly head. Malty aroma with notes of spice. Flavor is somewhat bland in my opinion. Watered down, hints of spice. Very light, tingy mouthfeel with a weak body. Not worth considering a winter brew.

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