Abita Christmas Ale 2012

December 4th, 2012 by in Other Beer Reviews

Jenn and Estelle aren’t surprised by this article (let’s be honest, who is?); it’s time to taste the 2012 edition of Abita’s Christmas Ale. The recipe changes annually (here are 2010 and 2011), so I’m never quite sure what to expect when tasting this one.

This year’s is a dark brownish beer with reddish highlights. The head is thin and quickly dissipates. Lighter scents of spices and caramel. Spices, caramel, lemon, pine are the flavors that come to me. A bitterness lingers on the palate for some time. I find the beer to be a little on the thin side but with active carbonation.

Abita Christmas is a little off this year to me. The lemon-like taste blended among the spices makes it not as enjoyable to me as the past couple of years. Without it I’d like this one much better. Therefore, with reluctance I give it a…


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