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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
jmm635 (846) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (487) - 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. 

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ReggieDunlap (3009) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (1602) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2012
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 12 oz bottle served in a Unibroue snifter. Best before 9 March 2013 printed on neck, (2012 vintage). Aroma: Earthy, herbal and piney hops dominate. A winter APA? Nutty with an unfortunate hint of burnt rubber. A: A medium-dark brown beer which pours with a tall, creamy off-white head. Good retention and excellent lacing on the glass. T - Dark roasted malt with a good bit of roasted nuts joins the pine, herbs, weed and grass from the hops. Feel: medium-light body leaning more towards medium. Excellent medium carbonation. O: Abita’s 2012 Christmas Ale is an enjoyable and interesting winter brew with American hop treatment. Recommended. The lack of "holiday spices" and the very grassy aroma and flavor make this more appropriate for New Years Eve than Xmas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
magsinva (860) - Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle from Bruisin Ales - Amber version - pours clear brown with a white head. Aroma is rye and hoppy. Taste is kind of bitter. Overall, I’m not getting this one as a Christmas Ale, what was Abita thinking?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours dark brown with a thin khaki head. Big pine notes on the nose. There’s a bit of pine on the tongue which disappears quickly. Not bad for style.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alobar (2715) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Dark amber pour with a creamy off-white head. Minimal aroma of pine and citrus. Mostly pine flavor with citrus. Generally, weak and not very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mile (2853) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle. Amber, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel, piney - light citrus hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel, some piney and light citrus hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, some caramel, piney and light citrus hoppyness. OK hoppyness but too much caramel for me/not dry enough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Studentofbrrs (90) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
strong hoppy aroma that suggests an overpowering hoppy taste, is a beautiful dark red in color that produces a good medium head that stays on top for a while. It is moderately bitter in taste though the hop taste is not as powerful as the aroma would suggest. It goes down smooth with a slightly hoppy after taste, too hoppy for a christmas ale in my opinion.

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