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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mybrainhurts (352) - North Dakota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Aroma of pine, citrus zest, and candied fruits. Flavors of caramel, pine, citrus, and ginger root. Green tea and ginger finish. A splash of weirdness in the spices thats hard to pinpoint. I like sugared ginger chews so this works for me. Still, a goofy beer that somehow manages to be endearing and festive.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - FEB 2, 2008
bottle. tastes of brown sugar, sweet spices and chalky dry malt. taste hangs in your mouth. the spices were decent but the palate makes it less than refreshing. not one i would have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - DEC 23, 2008
2008 recipe. Perhaps due to the popularity of Jocamo IPA, this years Christmas Ale offering from Abita appears to be based on a modified recipe of Jocamo. Its a similar deep red/amber color with a medium sized tan head. Nose is of caramel and rich malts. Taste is malty with a slight hint of nuts. Where it differers from the IPA is that the hops are dialed way back in this one by comparison. The flavor of the hops begins to peek through in the finish, leaving a nicely bitter sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Remembered this being a little better last year. Chestnut-colored, slight hop bitterness. A little fruit, really a deluxe amber kind of brew. Watery and thin though. Not bad for Abita, but not that great either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2006
This is a fairly respectable Christmas brew, although it missed the typical Abita "spring water" taste. This is one of the lighter Christmas beers you will drink and it pretty refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2005
2004 12 oz bottle. Poured a dark red with nice tan head. Aroma was malty, with a bit of spice. Flavor was bit of caramel, malt, and some mystery spice. Not much left on the palate. Average beer, not much for a winter style.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
dlihcsnatas (306) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours brown, clear color with a small, frothy brownish head. Lacing is moderate. Aromas of brown sugar, molasses, and butterscotch. Palate is medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a long finish. Tastes of a strange combination of weird sugar, sours, and a strange aftertaste. You cannot drink this beer without making a very funny face.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
lumpsowers (287) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Opaque brown pour, low head and lace. Peppery alcoholic aroma. Strange orange peel with green apple, spicy, pepper. Thick and slightly unpleasant. A hint of cinnamon, I think they were going for a hot apple cider flavor, could be worse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BadAprilia1000 (276) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Decent beer, pours a dark color. Aroma is flat, beer is okay and hoppy. The flavors dont meld together like they should. This isn’t what i would classify as a Christmas ale but, it is no way a bad beer.

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