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RATINGS: 532   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2006
05: Deep copper; mostly clear; thinnish head. Medium body. Quite a bit of toast throughout. A little sweet corn follows in the finish. Subtle aromas of wood and smoke and spice. Cracker-like, whole grain characteristics build over time. Grassy-herbal bitterness in the aftertaste. Some off-flavors of cardboard, and itís a little flat-flavored, if that makes any sense.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
hopdog (9018) - 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 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajolly2 (129) - USA - DEC 8, 2006
2006 version. Appearance is ruddy and translucent. Light head and lacing. First impression of the aroma: dogís breath, salted peanuts, and something fruity. I know that sounds off-putting, and it is, but what it lacks in aroma is made up for just slightly in taste. Very light body. Finish: not too dry, not too acidic, not too bitter. I canít quite describe the flavor; thereís something unnatural about it. Expected a better Christmas present out of Abita Springs.

   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Tap and in bottles at Sunset Grill late 2008. Sparse beige head runs away quickly from this ordinary amber-looking beer. Clear, with bits of cooked veggies, cardboard and hints of brown sugar making themselves known in the nose. What this has to do with christmas or any special occasion is anyones guess, as this, after trying some and then pouring the rest out, is a poorly lagered/brewed amber ale that dosent seem to even be brewed to the quality of their normal amber lager. Bland, flawed and with almost no trace of hops are anything else interesting.

   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 (415) - 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 (4772) - 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.

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