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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.86/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 184   ABV: 6.13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.5
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2002
(2002) Clear golden body with medium white head. Aroma is light, slightly grassy. Flavor is smooth, moderately sweet, slight biscuit and grassiness. All I can think of for calling this a winter seasonal is context -- Louisiana’s winters are very mild, so maybe their winter seasonals are more akin to anyone else’s fall seasonal.

3.2
HenrikSoegaard (14101) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle from systembolaget. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. MOderate bitter flavor. Dry and nutty notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

3
Drake (13639) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a clear amber color with a medium frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of spicy hops, caramel and some toastiness. The taste is peppery, spicy hops with toasted malts. Medium bodied. Kinda bland but not bad.

3.1
BeerandBlues2 (13202) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Pours dark copper with a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is of malt and caramel with a hop nose. Flavor is bitter hop and caramel malts. Fizzy and warm palate.

2.6
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a dark cooper color with a small head. Had a strong aroma; almost smelled like a sweaty sock when it first was poured, but then tamed down. Descent taste, but expected a better Christmas brew from Abita.

2.4
crossovert (12631) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
12 oz bottlw with a shiny silver label. It has nothign noting what vintage it is, I am assuming 2010. It pours a clear reddish brown with a foamy off-white head. The head doesn’t stick for a huge amount of time and recedes with some decent lacing. The smell is pretty hoppy for a Christmas beer. It ahs some nice citrus. There is also a papery smell and dark bread. The flavor is kind of dull, it is a watery brown ale. Nothing exciting about it. Metallic flavor. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-29-2010 04:23:24

2.9
jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2008
12oz bottle-pours a foamy to rocky tan head and amber color. Aroma is medium malt-some sweet (English) nutty, secondary citrus hops. Taste is medium malt-some sweet (English) nutty/some chocolate, secondary earthy/metallic hops. Occasional. OK/mild carbonation.

2.2
hopdog (12341) - 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 didn’t get too much out of this one and wrote down all around bland. Thinner body.

2.9
Sammy (12091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 13, 2008
A reddish tinge. Above average carbonation. Initially yeast and then malt, spice in background. Mediumm mouthfeel, with a bit of water.

2.8
slowrunner77 (11912) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
"a little spice, a little hops, and a little citrus on the finish & (for the season) thin body. sorry there’s not more detail, but i had this over the winter and lost the notes. not a future revisit."


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