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RATINGS: 563   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   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 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 haven’t loved much from Abita... Beer of the Month.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
beerguy101 (5359) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2005
2005 bottle. Pours copper with a thin but stubborn off white head. Smells of tarte fruit, malt, vegetal, with some mellow spicey notes. Tastes breaddy with some peppery tastes and an off finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Sampled at a 2005 Christmas and Winter beer tasting at Delilah’s, Chicago, IL. 2005 vintage. Clear amber ale having small diminishing head. No discernable aroma or carbonation. Medium bodied that starts with slight spice and light sweet malt flavor. Finishes dry with no discernable aftertaste. Thin textured and watery in flavor, this is a bland drinkable beer.

   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 (2492) - 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 I’ve 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 (1327) - 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.

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