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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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2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle. Im not sure why this is a "Christmas" ale. It was pretty regular tasting. The aroma was a weak hop with a hint of vanilla, and the appearance was dark brown, a burnt toast. The palate was as a silky textured light body, and the taste was a bit malty, but mostly a hop finish. Overall, pretty underwhelming.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 sweet carmel and maybe molasses in the aroma. some spice, maybe a little choclate. a lot going on in the palate. too much. beer seems overly complicated, and i couldnt get a real feel for the flavor. alcohol didnt seem to be hidden at all, which brought it down for me. much like pecan harvest, i thought this was average, not necessarily bad.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
weitz15 (562) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Light, had some crisp hops to it. Seemed more like a pale ale than christmas ale. Wasnt a whole lot of malty or anything like that. More crisp.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (558) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
Cloudy orange appearance, sweet nose. Malty taste with orange peel. Piney blandish aftertaste. 28%??? Naw, the sweet maltiness deserves a better rating though it does not have the spicycomplexity of a xmas ale.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sjohnny (552) - - NOV 24, 2015
Smells like a Christmas tree....so it's got that. Pours a cloudy reddish honey amber with a thick foamy very light tan head. Pine, earth, bitter finish. Thin mouthfeel. It's not bad or anything.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Pours amber with off-white head and foamy lacing. Notes of pine mostly. Tastes of pine mostly.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TattooJack (514) - Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2014
I dont think this beer was in season, the best before date was marked 3/14/12 (bought on 9/7/14) I didnt see that until after I finished the 6-pack. Nice brown ale, hope I dont die.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 This brew poured up a dark amber colored body with a one-finger thick off-white colored head; moderate retention and minimal lacing. Aromas of citrusy hops, harvest spices (nutmeg, etc.) and orange zest. Flavors are rather bland making this brew a good chugger/quaffer for those into that sort of drinking style. Near medium-bodied, watered-down with a bland and tasteless finish. I was a bit dismayed at this brew and hope that future runs will improve. NOTE: This was the 2010 release.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Enjoyed on tap at the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone. What a great bar!! It goes around and around. Do you know how many famous people have sat at/in that bar? TONS!! Great spot for a drink when youre in NOLA. The beer was malty, light to medium sweet, hint of caramel.


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