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RATINGS: 528   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CarlJonas (209) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2011
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - DEC 22, 2008
12 oz bottle. amber pour, minimal white head, very light nose and body. not too much going on for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cajun (197) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JAN 10, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2010
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
slakemythirst (189) - - DEC 16, 2011
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
charcot25 (181) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Got minimal aroma from this dark brown beer. Has a sweet, caramel/malt and light chocolate flavor balanced by citrusy American hops. A vague hint of spices present. Watery finish. This one was a disappointment.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bonster (180) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours clear amber. Aroma was mild toasted malt. I tasted a brief sweetness along with nuts and malt. The finish was crisp and dry, kind of watery. Not very spicy, I expected more nutmeg or something. The bottle I had was a few years old i think so that might be why.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hoffrobert (178) - Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber. Tastes of earthy Christmas spices and hops. Slight hints of caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2004
The taste of this ale was very thick and malty with elemnts of syrup and caramel with the aftertaste lingering. The aroma was a bit of cinammon and nutmeg maybe, very minimal, with a drak brown orange coloring. Interesting beer but not one of my favorites. The taste was not that bad but a bit overpowering on the syrup/caramel taste.

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