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RATINGS: 539   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13780) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear red/brown - white head. Roasted, nice fruity, nice malty, berries, chocolate, ok hoppy, coffee notes, nice balance.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Travlr (13304) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2012 Medium amber and thin. The aroma is light diacetyl and some toast. Taste is toasty with some cascade toasty notes.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a dark cooper color with a small head. Had a strong aroma; almost smelled like a sweaty sock when it first was poured, but then tamed down. Descent taste, but expected a better Christmas brew from Abita.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (11891) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2012
Clear rediish brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - pine. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 280112

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11860) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2009
The 2009, from the tap at Mudvile 9. Pours a dark brown with a medium beige head. Nose of sweet malts. Caramel predominates in th flavor, with the strong malt character lurking around the outskirts. Only a faint sense of bitterness. Medium bodied and relatively smooth. Not too bad.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11637) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2002
(2002) Clear golden body with medium white head. Aroma is light, slightly grassy. Flavor is smooth, moderately sweet, slight biscuit and grassiness. All I can think of for calling this a winter seasonal is context -- Louisiana’s winters are very mild, so maybe their winter seasonals are more akin to anyone else’s fall seasonal.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (11512) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Typical amber ale aroma, with something spicey besides, perhaps a bit of vanilla. Reddish copper color with a white head that rose and fell. Medium to full in body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is caramel, nutty, clove?, definitely spice things. The finish is fairly dry, and there is enough spice to balance any residual sweets. Not a lot of hop bitter. Decent drink, but not a typical highly flavored winter beast.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rlgk (11461) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle at Ekstedts tasting 2011-12-02. Amber beer with a beige head. Malty aroma, brown sugar, toffee and some nutty notes. Malty flavor with some hops, a little roasted and with some berries.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chrisv10 (11373) - DENMARK - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle. Clear dark amber with small tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, fruit and a little hop. Flavour is malt, little sweet, caramel, fruit, hops, little citrus and medium bitter.


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