ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2016
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a golden amber color with a small white head. The aroma is a giant hop blast. The taste matches the aroma. An excellent beer. JohnDo2000 (99) - Metairie, Louisiana, USA - MAY 24, 2002
You might notice that Louisiana beers (dixi, acadiana) tend to have a cider taste to them somehow. I don't know if they keep them in cider barrels or what, but Abita typicaly doesn't have that distinction. This particular seasonal abita beer (after fall fest and before red ale) does have that distinction and is particularly good during christmas time. It's aftertaste tastes like you drank out of a can, but the initial taste makes up for that fault. I prefer to drink it with something sweet like a desert, but it is definatly not something I would like to drink all day. Do give it a shot. 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. Merlin8000 (12) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
LOTS of flavors and aromas going on here. LAboozehound (47) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - NOV 30, 2006
While I enjoy it when I have it, I find that its much better in small quantities as it tends to kill off most of the ability to taste anything else after a while.
I usually keep it around for a good hearty meal or to complement a milder beer.
Has a flavor more like Newcastle than anything else, but a touch lighter. Makes for a great Christmas beer, as it should. A nice change from the Fall Fest.
closey22 (2110) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Reddish amber witha thin but full, off-white head. A complex aroma of malt, hop, and spice(cinnamon) which is similar to an IPA but just a bit sweeter and spicier. Not much flavor, but, what it has is good on the hoppy side w/ toasty malt. It feel a bit on the lighter side adn finishes dry with toasty malt and hops. Cunningham (8459) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2012 Bottle. Dark amber colour with a beige head that disappears quick. Very hoppy and fresh nose. Unusual christmas flavour, in positive direction, very hoppy with hints of caramel. I will definately run for some more of this!! ( and have done so...) seymour (2120) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2016 12/1/2011: Tasted from bottle into a nucleated tulip glass. Poured a beautiful reddish-brown color with chill haze and long-lasting fluffy off-white foam, lots of Belgian lace. Awesome aroma of earthy, spicy hops, some bread and fruit and holiday spice. Complex biscuity malt sweetness with pronounced bittering and flavor hops, just shy of IPA strength. Great medium body and well-rounded, creamy mouthfeel, lingering fruity aftertaste. Absolutely delicious. Weighted average of only 2.8?! Apparently Abita’s 2011 Christmas recipe is much, MUCH better than in the past. Everyone needs to give this beer a fresh rating.
12/17/2014 UPDATE: This year’s vintage is also excellent. It tastes like an English Brown Ale grainbill plus distinctly fruity and resiny American hops like Simcoe. Spicy, but seemingly more from malt, hops, and yeast, as opposed to actual cooking spices. Delicious.