MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2007
I don’t know what it is about christmas beers that attract me, but I feel obligated to try them. I’ll try to clean them up today. BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2007
2006 bottle. All silver label. Clear copper with a huge head. Fair lacing. Definitely NOT a spice/vegetable. Smelled of toasted nuts and malts, and earthy hops. Fairly sweet taste. Light to medium body. Moderate sweet and light bitter taste. A bit thin.
Bottle best by 16 Apr 07. Poured a reddish brown with a fizzy off-white head. The aroma started with sweet chocolate but quickly changed to grainy bread. The flavor was malty but somewhat subdued so had to pin point. Light body and slightly watery. 3fourths (9350) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle is labeled 09/2003. Sour malt and grain smell all over this thing. Moldy grains and moss, rotting wood, etc. Boring and plain, which is probably better than tasting like it smells. Has a red hue. muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2006
12 oz bottle, no date, silver label, from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (December 2006). Given the price and the fact that there was only one of these, sort of hiding on a low shelf, and that the label is peeling easily, I’m betting this is rather old. Still, it pours nicely into the Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass, very clear amber with a decent off-white (quickly dying) head.....faint ginger-licorice spiciness, a bit nutty, overall fairly weak and dull aroma....extremely weak and watery on the tongue, just a bit of brown ale-like nuttiness, old dessicated caramel perhaps, and a bit of dried lemon.....this is definitely past its prime but I don’t really have any confidence that a new bottle would be any fresher....spiciness is certainly muted to almost nothing in this bottle, whether from age or the recipe from whatever year’s model this is, I can’t say. TheBeerLover (1027) - 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 don’t think Abita spiced this year’s version. Nice easy drinking Christmas Ale, one you could enjoy a few of.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2006
bottle courtesy of dirtymike, thanks! Pours a deep hazy brown with a small off white head. Aroma of lightly oxidized caramel malt, bready yeast, toffee, and light chocolate. Taste is the same, smooth finish. Carbonation is light but apparent. dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 Bottle. Light brown, with a thick off-white head. Rich malt aroma, with coffee and toffee in the profile. Smooth, without much carbonation evident. Off flavor in the finish.
Re-rate for 2007 batch. Off flavor is gone. Excellent balance of malt and hops. IrishBoy (4212) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 16, 2006
2006 Bottle from Beer_Hawk, Thanks! Nose is very light with a little caramel and a cinnamon note; dark copper color with a tiny beige head which quickly disappears; malty flavor with a caramel hint, but really no spiciness. I can detect a tiny amount of hops in the finish. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Crystal clear, moderate copper color with small to medium sized off white head. Aroma is malty, bit of orange peel and cinnamon, slightly metallic. Flavor is malty, crisp, bit of caramel and vanilla, palate is a bit thin, with a balanced finish. In a sea of uninspiring winter/holliday ales, this is average at best. TopTekeUWM (25) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2006
First rating so I hope this goes well!
12 oz. draft during the pub crawl and re-tasted the draft at a local bar. Off white head and pours nicely. Appearance is amber and taste is somewhat nutty and toasty. The beer finishes with a very soapy taste. Not too bad for a seasonal from Abita.