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RATINGS: 550   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 184   ABV: 6.13%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Pour is amber with some definite red and copper. Hazy with light foam. Nose is of feight hops and christmas. This beer actually smells like Christmas. Iíll give it some props for that. Tastes pretty poor. Watery, light lagerish, soapy, with some small amount of hops. Mehhh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pilsnerrogge (2643) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle, 5.5% abvDark orangey brown with a foamy head. Aroma is some faint notes of caramel, licorice and spices. Flavour is sour malt, bitter spices and some caramel. Stale and boring.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
r464 (2074) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Skunky and a bit watery which is surprising given the alcohol content. A bit of maltiness overall with some sweetness and nutty flavors as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
steelhead3686 (255) - Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Pours a clear, dark, amber color with at large white to caramel head. A light hops (flowers and spruce) and equal malt (spice and nuts). The taste is light to medium bitter and a slight hint of sweetness. The body is light with a creamy, slick texture. The carbonation is average and the finish is bitter and pleasing. This isnít a beer I will be looking for when winter comes round again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bubblehouse (809) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Below average. Weak aroma and a really plain taste. Wasnít expecting much but still drinkable in a pinch.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2002
Batch 2002: This is like a mildly spiced vienna and really isnít all that good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2002
2002 bottle, light copper clear color, has a thin white head, light malty grassy aroma, light malty sweet grainy flavors, watery thin mouthfeel like most of their brews, this is not a dark ale, I think this is weak for a winter brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Clearish maple syrup color, thin off-white head. Light in the aroma... sweet roasted piney... more like grainy pine wood as it warms. Papery spice taste. Kind of blah.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Iím not sure what Abita was trying to accomplish here, but they fell short of whatever it was. Itís a thin malty brew with the usual Christmas ale spices. The finish was water with a drop of acid in it. Not worth coming back to.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
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.

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