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RATINGS: 541   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours a dark amber with little head. Aromas of (believe it or not), citrus hops, caramel and cookie dough. Taste is bready caramel with a nice dash of bittering hops. Finish is bitter and semi-dry with a generous amount of hops. This is way better than I expected.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3357) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 22, 2004
Well, according to the description, this beer changes yearly. I presume I had the 2003 version. Tasted like a brown ale/smoked beer. Has a malty smoked aroma with hints of caramel in there as well. Pours a tranparent mahogany with an off-white head. Start is smoky, malty, with hints of bitterness and a smoked chocolate to finish. This isnt half bad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Beer pours medium brown in color, though it appear ruby red when held to the light. Has a small dissipating tan colored head. Aroma is malty with some smokiness. Flavor is also, malty, smoky with a bit of hop bitterness in the dry finish. Pretty tasty. Would be willing to drink again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2004
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan425 (2) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 28, 2005 does not count
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!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - DEC 22, 2006
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Finhead (1219) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2009
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
llcooldave (1118) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2010
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5035) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Dark amber in color, rich thick malts Nice aroma and terrific finish. Light with the spices this is a easy drinking amber ale.


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