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RATINGS: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 184   ABV: 6.13%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
redpooba (402) - Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2013
2012 A reddish ale white head. Aroma is muted with a bit of hops. The flavor is mild with a bit of bitterness. A very small hint of floral notes in the background.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2007
not bad. not fantastic. some spice, worth a winter try and thatís about it.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - MAR 6, 2011
bottled. pours amber with very little white head. aromas of malt and caramel. the flavors do not make it to the palate. taste is earthy, moderately bitter. it does not really meld. it is medium bodied with an odd bitter finish. not good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BadAprilia1000 (392) - 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 isnít what i would classify as a Christmas ale but, it is no way a bad beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mybrainhurts (390) - 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.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Onionkid (376) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Bottle. Hoppy and caramel aroma. Similar taste. Little bit fruity and malty in the flavor as well, but overall it tastes incredibly watered down. Really bland, not a fan whatsoever. 6.1% alcohol.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ozarkspops (368) - - NOV 14, 2012
Christmas 2012. Dark brown/copper color. Medium tan head. Fairly clear. Floral hop aroma. Medium body with high carbonation. Hop bitterness at the start of the flavor finishing with caramel malt. ---Rated via iPhone

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beachmaster (358) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a clear dark amber with a massive khaki head that slowly fades and leaves good lacing. Nose is hops and pine. Taste is meh. Starts out OK, but fades to a bitter hoppy, piney finish. Nothing special.

2.6
   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.

3.8
   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.


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