epf33 (224) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
a real tasty christmas ale, even though i didn’t buy the 6pack until mid May, still a fantastic flavor
Photog (215) - Camillus, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of spices and sprucy hops. Malty taste with a bitter ending. nothing amazing or complex. pretty run of the mill.
steelhead3686 (214) - Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear, dark, amber color with at large white to caramel head. A light hops (flowers and spruce) and equal malt (spice and nuts). The taste is light to medium bitter and a slight hint of sweetness. The body is light with a creamy, slick texture. The carbonation is average and the finish is bitter and pleasing. This isn’t a beer I will be looking for when winter comes round again.
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - DEC 22, 2008
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. amber pour, minimal white head, very light nose and body. not too much going on for me.
BlackWarrior (202) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish brown w/ small tan head that fades to a small ring leaving good lacing. Aromas of evergreen, cat pee, nutmeg, herbs and some caramel hops. Med body w/ rounded mouthfeel and ample carbs. Smooth but lively. Flavors are solid malt backbone w/ piney hops bitterness. Similar to an amber w/ some spice rounding it out. A decent brew that would be easy to knock back a few of. Doesn’t really stand out, but enjoyable.
dlihcsnatas (199) - Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
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.
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red/amber/copper color with a nice thick off white head. Hung around for a few minutes to leave a small film across the top. The beer is mostly clear with burnt orange highlights at the bottom. Some lacing left on the glass. Some floral and citrus hops strike me first in the nose. Picking up some peach and what smells like cinnamon and gingerbread. A bit of orange in there also. The malt is of a darker tone. Some of the citrus hops at first with the flavor followed by the cinnamon. Ther gingerbread melds nicely with another sort of spice that I can’t indentify right off. Seemingly well balanced and enjoyable. Medium body mouthfeel. A tad bit watery. Was smooth and relatively crisp. Left a little to be desired on the palate. This is an easily drinkable beer. Worth a try if you get the chance. I did like the taste very well and it seemed to hit the spot, as far as for Christmas spirit. This would be nice with sugar cookies I think. Glad I got to sample it.
CarlJonas (190) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, 2011 ed. Dark ruby red, beige foam that really sticks to the glass. Weak malty aroma. The taste is rather sweet and a little burnt. Okay, I guess. Reminds me of classic Swedish Christmas beers, though they’re usually lagers in the Vienna style.
Cajun (184) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JAN 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle given to me by Boudreaux. Dark amber color with creamy white head. Notes of malty grain, caramel, fruit, slight hops. Citrus and sour biscuit dough flavors, combined with a bitter hops aftertaste. Spice and light fruit round it out. Not as watery to me, as others have suggested. Not a powerful winter brew, but not drain pour by any means. Decent.
slakemythirst (184) - - DEC 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Doften avslöjar blommig humle. Kroppen är klen men ganska intensiv och denne upplevs enbart i nån nanosekund för att sedan försvinna i vattniga lätt bittra toner. Den gör sig icke som en "lay back in the sofa- öl" utan fyller säkerligen sin roll som törstsläckare mellan köttbullarna bättre. Slutsats: Godkänd..men den har potential som Abita Brewing Co bör jobba vidare på.