agent_511 (139) - - DEC 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 vintage. Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Sweet caramel aroma. Caramel flavor some resinous hop flavor and a bitter finish. Full bodied with some alcohol warmth.
CarlJonas (134) - 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.
DuffManOhYeah (132) - USA - MAY 15, 2002
2.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly bitter, but still pretty nice.
ajolly2 (129) - USA - DEC 8, 2006
2.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 version. Appearance is ruddy and translucent. Light head and lacing. First impression of the aroma: dog’s breath, salted peanuts, and something fruity. I know that sounds off-putting, and it is, but what it lacks in aroma is made up for just slightly in taste. Very light body. Finish: not too dry, not too acidic, not too bitter. I can’t quite describe the flavor; there’s something unnatural about it. Expected a better Christmas present out of Abita Springs.
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 2009 (American Brown Ale) 12-oz bottle Marcello’s Lafayette, LA - Aroma: biscuit, caramel (malt), floral, grapefruit (hop); Appearance: reddish-brown color, clear, off-white head (lasts), lots of laces; Flavor: bitter (hop); Mouthfeel: medium bodied, thin texture, moderate carbonation; Overall: beautiful colored Christmas ale with nice hop aroma.
icehawk (122) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mostly dark malts, with a hint of spice. Decent, but overall uninspired to me.
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005. Pours light brown with a frothy tan head. It has a sweet and malty aroma and has a similar flavor. It reminds me of an oktberfest style of beer. A little sticky on the palate. Overall, a decent beer.
Skred (107) - Houma, Louisiana, USA - DEC 29, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2002 version. Abita beers have not been very good lately (possibly due to the buyout by one of the big boys?), but this one was actually decent. Not a dark ale, more of a standard red ale. Nothing special, but drinkable, which is an improvement over recent Abita brews. (They used to be good, really!)
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The present for 2005... Abita had some leftover Octoberfest to bottle. The destinct marzen maltyness was there and the beer was balanced and crafted as Abita knows how to do but is was not good.
onehotsexychic (101) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 16, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Surprisingly tasty (not always a big fan of the Christmas Ales) not super strong just a good overall flavor.