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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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rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2011
355 ml bottle. 5.5%. From Stockholm, Sweden. Courtesy of mjs.
Clear dark ruby red colour with tiny head. Fruity and floral hops, mild bitterness and bready maltiness in aroma. Floral hops, nice mild dry bitterness and balancing malt in flavour. Rather nice.

3.3
deyholla (11496) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Cask at Ashleys. Pours a near clear deep amber with a tan head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma is full of Christmas spice with a bit of sweet grains and spruce. Flavor is similarly full of spice with a sweet grain backbone.

2.9
shrubber85 (11324) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Light toffee and hay/grass aroma. Dark amber with large tan head. Mildly sweet caramel malt and light grass hops flavor. Decent body. Actually not bad - both for an amber ale as well as one of the better Abita offerings.

2.9
hopscotch (11048) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Crystal clear amber ale with a small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Decent lacing. Lots of milk chocolate and floral hops in the aroma. The flavor is decently bittered, but thin and watery. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Lengthy, buttery, grassy finish. Clean, but not crisp. What's up with the picture to the left? That doesn't look anything like the bottle from which I poured my Abita Christmas Ale.

3.2
daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Reddish/amber pour. Off white head. Toffee, light spice and maybe a hint of dark dried fruit. Flavor is lightly spicy, reminds me of some type of christmas cookie with a light hop background.

2.5
j12601 (10934) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours a brown reminiscent of a light brandy. Medium eggshell white head. Burnt nut aroma, spice, and malt. Flavor follows the nose, but certainly not the good parts. Flavor is burnt, and slightly acrid. Ended up drain pouring most of it.

2.7
kp (10882) - 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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3.1
DocLock (10652) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
Deep burgundy color. Very hoppy. Tastes of malt, nutmeg, red wine. Finishes malty and slightly bitter, with hints of spiciness, and toffee.

2.1
adnielsen (10605) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Tasted from a 12 oz bottle purchased in Fort Collins, Colorado. Pours a dark red/orange appearance with a fairly large red/white head. Sort of hoppy and amber malty head reminiscent of a red ale. Flavor is very much like a spiced red ale- a bit hoppy with amber malts and a touch of spices. Not too great.

1.4
BVery (10327) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle. This is flat out disgusting. Clear rich copper amber pour with a nice but small white head. Aroma and taste is some sort of really foul spice - I cant even place it but its horrible. Maybe something happened with this bottle. Ugg.


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