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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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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 years holiday rotation! Also love seeing that several of the recent ratings are from europe!

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rayg1 (592) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
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.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2006
05, I assume (different label from the one pictured - silver label). Clear dark amber pour with a generous rocky off white head. I can smell hops from 8" away from my glass. Grassy hop aroma, upon further inspection. As I swirl the beer and take a big whiff...YIKES!...I smell my nephew Alains dirty diaper. Wait, let me try this again, maybe I am mistaken. DAMN. nope. still smells like dirty ass. Well, I guess I will try a little. Hope it doesnt taste like it smells. Tastes to me like an english pale ale. Kind of muted hop flavors, needs something to make them jump out at you. They are there, maybe just confined by that damn diaper, I dont know. Sweet malt along with hints of toasted malts. This could be a decent beer with a little tweaking, to bring those hops out better.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2002


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