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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (12752) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (11770) - 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 (11760) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11181) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11001) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a foamy to rocky tan head and amber color. Aroma is medium malt-some sweet (English) nutty, secondary citrus hops. Taste is medium malt-some sweet (English) nutty/some chocolate, secondary earthy/metallic hops. Occasional. OK/mild carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: XXX-mas Ale
Date: 12/16/1995
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery

slightly hazy amber, clear deep ruby red
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Date: 02/01/1997

whispy tan head, malty with a slight spicy aroma, high malt flavor with lots of bitterness and a just a touch of spicy floral hops

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Score: *4
-------- /> The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (10343) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tmoney99 (10076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2009
Bottle from Party Source. Pours clear dark amber color with a moderate frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate sweet roasted malty aroma. Medium body with a thin texture and soft carbonation. Medium roasted sweet flavor with a medium grainy sweet finish of an average duration. My expectation where not met.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10065) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle from systembolaget. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. MOderate bitter flavor. Dry and nutty notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

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.


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