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RATINGS: 563   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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2.9
Sammy (12762) - 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.

2.9
jcwattsrugger (12524) - 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.

3.3
deyholla (12301) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Cask at Ashley’s. 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.

3
rosenbergh (11809) - 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.

2.9
shrubber85 (11618) - 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.

3.2
daknole (11402) - 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.

1.4
BVery (11361) - 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 can’t even place it but its horrible. Maybe something happened with this bottle. Ugg.

2.9
hopscotch (11240) - 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.

3.1
DocLock (11048) - 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.

3.2
gnoff (10985) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2011 First rating
Bottle at ekstedt tasting on December 2, 2011
355 ml, marked 5.5%
Clear brown color, small tan head. Sweet malty scent. Malty, grainy, bread taste. A bit flat mouthfeel, medium bitterness that is rather dry.
7/3/6/2/12=3.0

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355 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Sampled on Dec 25, 2011. Marked 5.5% ABV
Clear dark copper to reddish brown color, medium tan head. Sweet, malty, fudge, roasted scent. Mineral, roasted, butter, dry taste. Dry mineral aftertaste. Moussy mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
7/4/6/3/12=3.2


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