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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Crystal clear amber ale with a small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Decent lacing. Lots of milk chocolate and floral hops in the aroma. The flavor is decently bittered, but thin and watery. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Lengthy, buttery, grassy finish. Clean, but not crisp. What's up with the picture to the left? That doesn't look anything like the bottle from which I poured my Abita Christmas Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
shrubber85 (10524) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Tasted from a 12 oz bottle purchased in Fort Collins, Colorado. Pours a dark red/orange appearance with a fairly large red/white head. Sort of hoppy and amber malty head reminiscent of a red ale. Flavor is very much like a spiced red ale- a bit hoppy with amber malts and a touch of spices. Not too great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (10202) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2011
355 ml bottle. 5.5%. From Stockholm, Sweden. Courtesy of mjs.
Clear dark ruby red colour with tiny head. Fruity and floral hops, mild bitterness and bready maltiness in aroma. Floral hops, nice mild dry bitterness and balancing malt in flavour. Rather nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Cask at Ashley’s. Pours a near clear deep amber with a tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma is full of Christmas spice with a bit of sweet grains and spruce. Flavor is similarly full of spice with a sweet grain backbone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (9937) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
"a little spice, a little hops, and a little citrus on the finish & (for the season) thin body. sorry there’s not more detail, but i had this over the winter and lost the notes. not a future revisit."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9866) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
Deep burgundy color. Very hoppy. Tastes of malt, nutmeg, red wine. Finishes malty and slightly bitter, with hints of spiciness, and toffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
djd07 (9730) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark amber color wtih a medium frothy off white head. The aroma is malt with a nuts and caramel. Decent lacing on the glass. The taste is roasted malt and brown sugar. Not too much going on with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2011
12oz bottle. Clear, deep dark red color. Nice off-white head leaving plenty of lace. Carbonation is sharp, but not overdone. A more mild christmas ale. Malty, spicy, but less full-flavor, maybe more "watered down". Not much to the taste besides spices, a light bitterness. Some cinnamon and sweetness. Beautiful, but on of the better christmas ales.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours a brown reminiscent of a light brandy. Medium eggshell white head. Burnt nut aroma, spice, and malt. Flavor follows the nose, but certainly not the good parts. Flavor is burnt, and slightly acrid. Ended up drain pouring most of it.

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