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RATINGS: 524   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redpooba (396) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2013
2012 A reddish ale white head. Aroma is muted with a bit of hops. The flavor is mild with a bit of bitterness. A very small hint of floral notes in the background.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Draft. Clear brownish amber color, thick brown head with good retention. Aroma of burnt toast. Taste is dilute burnt nuts and an odd combination of spices.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nike (889) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2013
12oz bottle, amber hazy pour, white foam. I think what I like about this the most is that the pine/spice flavors don’t overtake the taste of the beer. Hints of pine taste, light to medium body, average carbonation. As amber ale taste, this beer hits the palate with decent amount of hops. Slight bitter finish.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jeremyh70 (585) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Brown color with small head and little lacing. Aroma of grassy hops and nutmeg. Weird twang of nutmeg and then piney with a vegetal quality. Some strange flavors I can't put my finger on. Thin mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Strange tasting and not very Christmassy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shrubber85 (6978) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Light toffee and hay/grass aroma. Dark amber with large tan head. Mildly sweet caramel malt and light grass hops flavor. Decent body. Actually not bad - both for an amber ale as well as one of the better Abita offerings.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
fluffy (1328) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2013
honestly, more or less like regular Abita, with a bit more spice and bite to it.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmm635 (824) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Amber color with a small tan head. Lots of piney hops and sweet caramel malt. Not a traditional Christmas beer but still good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Merlin8000 (9) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013 does not count
LOTS of flavors and aromas going on here. While I enjoy it when I have it, I find that its much better in small quantities as it tends to kill off most of the ability to taste anything else after a while. I usually keep it around for a good hearty meal or to complement a milder beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (448) - Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours a rich amber with thin, even lacing. Spicy nose of fresh pine and hops with a syrupy malt note in the background. A bit malt forward, but there’s just enough hops to balance it out. A slightly earthy herbal dry finish. 

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ReggieDunlap (2926) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours a clear amber with a medium tan head. Aroma is buttery/caramely. Flavor has earthy bitterness and an odd coffee note...slightly buttery and bitter. Mouthfeel is light and the finish is earthy/coffee and bitter.


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