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RATINGS: 561   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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3.1
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2009
The aroma is very interesting with caramel, vanilla, and slight notes of coffee. Flavor is very hoppy, with some coffee again. Finish was very bitter.

3.4
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Pours a rich opaque amber color with ruby hues and a rich off white head. Aroma is rich with piney hops and reminds me of an IPA. Taste is unique - malt and spices with some lightly bitter hops and a dry finish. A good addition to this year’s holiday rotation! Also love seeing that several of the recent ratings are from europe!

2.2
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2003
2002 - Almost a sour note in the aroma. Nothing very exciting about the body other than the fact that the spices, malt, and hops are all out of balance. Not a beer I would recommend.

3.4
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Pours a reddish amber with a thin white head. Typical amber ale malty aroma, with a spicy, vanilla scent. Medium to full in body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is caramel malt, vanilla, nuts, clove, and plenty of spice. Nice dry finish. I actually enjoyed this one more than I expected when I saw the ratings.

3.1
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Decent christmas ale. Tawny color, light khaki head. Light toffee notes, hint of spices. A little light for the holidays but it is LA.

2.4
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle, pours a nice clear amber color, with an ok head. Light malts slight toffee nothing major. Once again Abita has managed to produce another bland and watery brew, these guys must pride themselves on their local water supply because most of their brews focus on water.

2.7
bartzluke (598) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 20, 2015
2014 recipe. 6 oz pour from refrigerated bottled into a sniffer glass. Pours hazy, nearly opaque with a finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left lots of lacing. Nose is spices, earth, and malt. Mouthfeel is moderate, though a bit watery. Tastes like a Christmas tree (and not in a bad way!). Lots of pine and spruce, plus some baking spices. Otherwise a mediocre brown ale. Nothing incredible, but not bad.

2.1
rayg1 (594) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2010
This beer was strange, basically just a bolder and thicker amber. Honestly this beer was a bit of a let down and honestly really no different than most ambers. Light notes of burnt caramel and toasted nuts with a slightly bitter finish. Eh whatever.

2.7
weitz15 (593) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Heavy on the malts and a hint of spice thrown in. Minimal hop presence, but just not easy on the palate like it should be.

2.9
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2004
This tastes and smells like a seasonal brew. It smells as good as its taste - which is pretty good, but nothing to rejoice too much over. Nutmeg and spice are apparent in the aroma and taste. My criticism of this beer is that, as with all of Abita's brews to my knowledge, it is a microbrew. This beer tastes like a microbrew and that is its major downfall. It could be really good - instead it's just good.


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