RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   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.

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cheap (5966) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2007
2007 version. Clear maroon colors with a touch of ruby. Aroma of mild permanent hair treatment. Taste is medium mild hoppy with traces of alky in the background. Reminds me of many APAs. Some odd veggie or spice tastes that cannot be identified. Medium carbonation. Leaves a rather unique aftertaste that hangs for a while after the session. Probably would not purchase again.

dmac (6395) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2007
12 oz bottle purchased at Spirits. Pours a clear orange/amber with an average siez creamy off white head. Aroma of citrus fruit, chocolate malts, nutts and biscuit. Light bodied with a watery feel and mild crbonation. Bunt flavor of chocolate and oranges. Once again an oh so average Christmas ale, but still wrolds better then the watery summer special brews that make me cringe.

LinusStick (3485) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Not a bad S/H/V. Not very tasty, but very drinkable. Aroma was pine, wood and a little bit of hops. Pour was a dark brown with a thin one finger off white head. Taste was a little bland in the beginning, with pine and spices coming out as it warms. Aftertaste of wood and a bit of hops. Decent carbonation but just not flavorful enough to be great.

nearbeer (5523) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2007
12 oz that has a shiny silver label, I assume this is the 2007 version. Medium-sized and lasting head on this uncloudy, dark copper-brown beer. Aroma is spicy wood and slight cocoa. Flavor is unsweetened cocoa, toasted nut, dried wood, fruity and piney hops, and some unidentified dry-earthy herb-spice(s). The hops combine with the subtle spice to give a nice bitter-fruit, deep woody finish to this beer. Palate is almost medium bodied, smooth and dry. Haven’t had the previous versions, but this year’s is unique and flavorful.

Holdwine (1235) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Okay, maybe I give them an emotional rating because of good memories, but this is a nice little change for Abita. Spicy, piney, not overly hoppy. Decent drink.

rfox3 (3) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - NOV 3, 2007 does not count
Bottled. Pours medium brown with orange hue. Off white/light brown. Slight herb/flower taste with a hint of spice. Light on the palate with medium duration.

mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2007
bottle. okay so basically as far as I can tell they took the amber and added more hops to the brewing process. unfortunatly it didn’t blend well. seems like two beers put together that aren’t big fans of each other. strong caramel and floral aroma. flavor is lightly bitter throughout. not a bad beer but not a successful attemp either.

wshores (58) - Saltillo, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2007
unusual cloudy orangeish color, slight spicy aroma, flavor is ok with a strange spicy flavor. Hope its better next year

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: XXX-mas Ale
Date: 12/16/1995
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery

slightly hazy amber, clear deep ruby red
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Date: 02/01/1997

whispy tan head, malty with a slight spicy aroma, high malt flavor with lots of bitterness and a just a touch of spicy floral hops

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Score: *4
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doublebock (558) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Cloudy orange appearance, sweet nose. Malty taste with orange peel. Piney blandish aftertaste. 28%??? Naw, the sweet maltiness deserves a better rating though it does not have the spicycomplexity of a xmas ale.

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