RATINGS: 567   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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   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: dogs 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 cant quite describe the flavor; theres something unnatural about it. Expected a better Christmas present out of Abita Springs.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2006
(Besty by 04/23/2007) The spicing is on the light side, if this is spiced at all. The body is light a on the dry side. Not a whole lot going on here. Lamo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8296) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2006
2006..Pours with a great head!...and the lacing is swell...very nice people-pleasing taste!...light brown...some sweet subtle aromas!...is a nice simply made brew! ..again...simple beer can be great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Silphium (3196) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2006
2006 version. Deep amber-copper body with a medium, dissipating off-white head. Sweet, cerealy aroma with grassy hops and berries. The body is lighter than I expected, cerealy and toasty, with light sweetness paired with grassy hops. Unbalanced acidity mars the palate. Would that the aroma was an indication of the body...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LAboozehound (47) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Has a flavor more like Newcastle than anything else, but a touch lighter. Makes for a great Christmas beer, as it should. A nice change from the Fall Fest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2006
2006 Draught - I might be the first to rate this one for the year, and I guess they did a little better this time around? Amber color with light grainy aroma. Taste is very grainy-chewy-malty. Alot like a turbodog. Not my favorite style, but this is a nice change of pace.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ElGaucho (2400) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Sweet caramel malt aroma. Nice. Beautiful, reddish amber color with yellow hues on the edges. No lace, mostly eroding head. Off-white to almost light tan head. Flavor is frankly ordinary. Dry and somewhat vacuous. Remarkably flavorless for a 6%+ beer. Seeing that this was brewed in December, it may have lost some of its character in the 9 months hence. Very bland and dry.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (7600) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 Bottle (2011 batch). Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber to medium brown. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, cookie, husks), lightly hoppy (apricot), with light notes of dirt/dust, grape jelly, and manure. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean, husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Horrible aftertaste, thin/watery, bland, not much in the aroma (which has off notes too). Typical awful Abita quality, sadly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2006
There is a very earthy funkiness going on in both aroma and taste. Musty maybe? Very much on the thin side. Hints of a caramelly malty sweetness, but it never really goes anywhere. Not much else to say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2006
Appears a red amber with a small white head that quickly fades into a small collar. Smell is malty, bready, with a sugary, corn syrup aroma standing out. Taste is of the same aromas albeit kind of weak with mild honey in the mix somewhere. Mouthfeel is watery, cardboard-ish, with an off, flowery funkyness in the finish.

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