Beer of the Week – Abita Christmas Ale

Abita Christmas Ale

It’s beginning to look a lot like … well, OK … not really. But alas, just because we live in this subtropical climate and barely get below 40 degrees doesn’t mean that we can’t get into the Christmas spirit. All it takes is a quick stroll down the beer aisle at Cannata’s and suddenly … i’m in the Christmas Spirit!

Now, if you’ve read any of my reviews (and hey, who hasn’t read EVERY, SINGLE LAST ONE?) you know I am a big fan of the seasonal brews – PARTICULARLY the Fall Fest and/or Christmas varieties. Last week saw me imbibing in the malty, spicy goodness of Saint Arnold’s Christmas Ale and now this week I finally spied Abita’s Christmas Ale staring back at me from the shelves. Ah, certainly this would warm the heart of even one Ebeneezer Scrooge.

This year’s offering poured a rich reddish brown with a moderate head and left a generous amount of beautiful lacing. The nose presented wisps of caramel and nutty malts, brown sugar, spices and abundant piney/spicy hops. Caramel, sweet spices and hops greeted the palate with very little aftertaste. The body was a little lighter than I was anticipating. The finish was smooth and mellow, much more like a winter warmer though with abundant carbonation. Another winner from Abita. 3.5/5

Joel is a local beer enthusiast, home brewer, member of the American Homebrewers Association®, The Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild and is a Cicerone® Program Certified Beer Server

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