PalCabral (111) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Classic american aroma, hoppy tones of citrus and spice. Beautiful mahogany red-brown clear colour, with a wheat malt type of head that never really settles. Taste is pretty normal american microbrew brown ale, quite tasty. Hops dominate, as is norm, but there is some caramel malt sweetness and munich malt stamina. Unfortunately slightly watery which pulls down the mouthfeel. Standard US microbrew brown ale, not very x-massy but a good beer never the less. Up the alcohol a bit and thereís a great winter warmer.
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.
JohnDo2000 (99) - Metairie, Louisiana, USA - MAY 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
You might notice that Louisiana beers (dixi, acadiana) tend to have a cider taste to them somehow. I donít know if they keep them in cider barrels or what, but Abita typicaly doesnít have that distinction. This particular seasonal abita beer (after fall fest and before red ale) does have that distinction and is particularly good during christmas time. Itís aftertaste tastes like you drank out of a can, but the initial taste makes up for that fault. I prefer to drink it with something sweet like a desert, but it is definatly not something I would like to drink all day. Do give it a shot.
robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Eh. That is about all I can say about it. Not much aroma and even though there is a nice hoppy bitter finish there is too much grain corn taste.
djbuddha (90) - Many, Louisiana, USA - JUL 12, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
I have tried this several times, ending with the 2006 release. I usually love an amber ale, but there is a taste I can’t pin down in this that really turns me off, maybe a spice.
Msavage235 (90) - - FEB 12, 2012
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I was excited about this beer as Abita Turbodog is one of my favorite beers. Pours a cinnamon/copper color with a light tan head that laces the side of the glass rather well. The aroma is pine and hops and is the beers best quality. The mouthfeel is lively due to a lot of carbonation. The taste simply leaves something to be desired. The pine and hop taste does not go very far to entice you and it seems to be missing a little more complexity which would make it more intriguing and fun to drink. I bought a six-pack two months ago and still havenít finished it, donít feel bad passing on it.
Studentofbrrs (85) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
strong hoppy aroma that suggests an overpowering hoppy taste, is a beautiful dark red in color that produces a good medium head that stays on top for a while. It is moderately bitter in taste though the hop taste is not as powerful as the aroma would suggest. It goes down smooth with a slightly hoppy after taste, too hoppy for a christmas ale in my opinion.