JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown color with a hint of orange when held to the light. Disipating light tan head. Mild caramel and lightly toasted malt aromas. Lots of malt character to this one. Dark caramel, light peat and Just enough hops to keep this honest. Smooth feel. Linger is all toasty malt. A nice brew. Thanks to DocLock for this one.
ryan425 (2) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 28, 2005 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beautiful beer in the glass. Its not really fair to rate this brew though because they change the recipe every year.
Very malty with a slight bite and a little spice. A great beer to enjoy by the fire!
TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle of 2006 version. Pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber color, with a soapy, tan head that fades, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is inviting, with aromas of light toast, nuts, and caramel. The palate is lean, with some light toffee, toasty, and light nutty malt flavor. Abita Christmas Ale finishes with more toffee, toasty, and nutty flavor up front, then ends with some grassy hop bitterenes to balance the sweetness of this beer. All and all a tasty, malty ale, but not the most impressive of the Christmas beers out there. I could detect no spice notes in nose, palate, or finish, so I donít think Abita spiced this yearís version. Nice easy drinking Christmas Ale, one you could enjoy a few of.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with basically no head. Nose is mildly leafy and earthy, though not very firm. Flavor is leafy and earthy. Smooth and even. Seems to be a touch of vanilla on the back side. Feel is a bit crisp with the carbonation and the liquid is decently smooth. An easy drinker. Canít really say it has a mass of character or is overly interesting. But itís nice to drink.
Finhead (1035) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A clear reddish brown pour with medium off-white head. The aroma is very complex with caramel, vanilla, and nuts. The taste is also a caramel and nut malt with some hop bite in the finish. The texture is sort of oily and the carbonation is very soft.
llcooldave (992) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Minty pine aroma with some sweep malt and dried fruit. Thereís a hint of some barnyard smells mixed in. Dark ruby brown in color... simply gorgeous. Malt flavor with a hint of sweet cherries and minty hops. Overall, a nice beer, smooth and not heavy at all.
SaintMatty (4279) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml Bottle - Dark brown with some red tinges. Fruity and hoppy aroma with notes of caramel, pine and some metallic hints. Nicely balanced taste with notes of hops, pine, raisins, nuts and caramel.
LoFi (1432) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber, beige head.
Aroma: caramel, vanilla, light hoppy.
Taste: caramel, berries, some nuts, low to medium bitter, vanilla.
Pretty nice, but doesnít really give me the Christmas spirit.
nike (822) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, amber hazy pour, white foam. I think what I like about this the most is that the pine/spice flavors donít overtake the taste of the beer. Hints of pine taste, light to medium body, average carbonation. As amber ale taste, this beer hits the palate with decent amount of hops. Slight bitter finish.
BrewDad (4499) - Olympia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber in color, rich thick malts Nice aroma and terrific finish. Light with the spices this is a easy drinking amber ale.