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RATINGS: 555   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Light, had some crisp hops to it. Seemed more like a pale ale than christmas ale. Wasn’t a whole lot of malty or anything like that. More crisp.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
markducommun (535) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Slightly spicy aroma, bitter taste, slightly oily mouthfeel. Alcohol ha some presence. Meh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (534) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Cloudy orange appearance, sweet nose. Malty taste with orange peel. Piney blandish aftertaste. 28%??? Naw, the sweet maltiness deserves a better rating though it does not have the spicycomplexity of a xmas ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Pours amber with off-white head and foamy lacing. Notes of pine mostly. Tastes of pine mostly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 This brew poured up a dark amber colored body with a one-finger thick off-white colored head; moderate retention and minimal lacing. Aromas of citrusy hops, harvest spices (nutmeg, etc.) and orange zest. Flavors are rather bland making this brew a good chugger/quaffer for those into that sort of drinking style. Near medium-bodied, watered-down with a bland and tasteless finish. I was a bit dismayed at this brew and hope that future runs will improve. NOTE: This was the 2010 release.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Enjoyed on tap at the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone. What a great bar!! It goes around and around. Do you know how many famous people have sat at/in that bar? TONS!! Great spot for a drink when you’re in NOLA. The beer was malty, light to medium sweet, hint of caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2004
This is a rather nice Christmas ale. I’ve thus far liked all the Christmas ales I’ve had. A nice dark chocolatey flavor with a sweet aroma--smells of cinnamon and chocolate. You’ll like this. Check it out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2007
bottle. okay so basically as far as I can tell they took the amber and added more hops to the brewing process. unfortunatly it didn’t blend well. seems like two beers put together that aren’t big fans of each other. strong caramel and floral aroma. flavor is lightly bitter throughout. not a bad beer but not a successful attemp either.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
dlihcsnatas (492) - Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2013 *2012* I have got to quit taking a chance on this brewery. As with most everything they put out it has that dirt flavor to it. Not sure if that is from the water in thier area but everything they do has that muddy water taste. Other than that this one has an odd taste of something like licorish that just doesn’t do it for me. Yet another big fail from Abita. -This is what I said last year- ..... Now for this year! OK forgot how bad this one was last year. Rated it as a 1 last year but by my mistake saw a sampler sitting there and grabbed it not looking over my notes. I think I was too much into the christmas spirit last year to call it a 1 because this is among the most awful tasting mess. Did the brewer scorch the batch? Did someone forget that clean water is a must? Why does this taste like burnt bread? NASTY! that is all I can say about it. Got to remember never buy Abita.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Poured a clear orange/amber color that had decent size creamy off-white head that lasted for a while. Aroma is malty, citrusy, and also of hops. The flavor was hoppier than expected. Malty up front with hop bitterness in the end. Decent mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Okay beer.

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