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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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2003
2002 - Almost a sour note in the aroma. Nothing very exciting about the body other than the fact that the spices, malt, and hops are all out of balance. Not a beer I would recommend.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Way too thin, timid and watery. No dicernable Christmas spicing or robustness. Iím a little surprised by the ABV, too, because it just seemed so watered-down!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2006
12oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138. Poured a medium amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel and just all around earthy. I really didnít get too much out of this one and wrote down all around bland. Thinner body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
teebradford (51) - Senatobia, Mississippi, USA - FEB 25, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 Why did Abita feel they had to brew an IPA? Thereís too many of those kinds of beer on the shelves. Iím a malt head and Iím proud of it. I donít hate hops, but I canít stand it when a beer is just over-hopped to the point of it being undrinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
6ROW (405) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2009
copper pour with small off white head. I know this brewer is known for itís euro style malty beers, but this one is more than a little off balance. bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (4655) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramalised sugars and a tiny bit of spices, perhaps. Medium-bodied; Roasted maltiness tucked in with some sugars noticeable. Aftertaste shows no hops, no spices and just a little alcohol - not very good. Overall, worth trying, because itís a seasonal, but not really one worth buying a six pack of! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
popery (1360) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
An okay Red/Amber that does little to distinguish itself. There are no real faults, except that itís kind of boring for a Christmas Ale. It a nice enough looking beer, pretty much middle of the road for the style. The aroma is fairly malty with some citric hops. Itís a relatively well-balanced beer, I guess. Iím not sure how much that matters to me. The citric hop flavors and nutty, toasty malt donít quite blend together well for me, neither flavor is particularly interesting. Itís an easy beer to drink but doesnít leave me wanting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours brown, clear color with a small, frothy brownish head. Lacing is moderate. Aromas of brown sugar, molasses, and butterscotch. Palate is medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a long finish. Tastes of a strange combination of weird sugar, sours, and a strange aftertaste. You cannot drink this beer without making a very funny face.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SHIG (3555) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Bottle: Poured an amber color with reddish tint, head was a light white. Aroma is malty at best. Taste is sour and malt, very unbalanced. This was a very bad Christmas beer, hopefully I purchased a one of bottle or its a recipe they shouldnít try again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rayg1 (543) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2010
This beer was strange, basically just a bolder and thicker amber. Honestly this beer was a bit of a let down and honestly really no different than most ambers. Light notes of burnt caramel and toasted nuts with a slightly bitter finish. Eh whatever.

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