Moving right along, we’ve hit our first beer officially labeled as a “Christmas Ale.” Starting to feel pretty festive around here.

Beer Name: Christmas Ale

Brewery: Abita Brewing Company (Abita Springs, LA)

Style: Winter Ale

ABV: 5.8%

Description: Listed on the company website as a brown ale, this seasonal offering was brewed with a broad mix of malts and hopped with Columbus, Cascade, Centennial, and Amarillo.  Check the link for the full details.

Appearance:  It had a transparent deep amber body topped by a fluffy light tan head.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with a light piney bitterness in the back.

Taste: Started out sweet with caramel malt and maybe a hint of citrus.  It had a biscuity middle and finished with a slight piney bitterness that mostly hid herbal wintry spices on the closing of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Hype: I always have a soft spot in my heart for Abita.  Drinking them at home is not the same as doing so in New Orleans, though, but what can you do?

Overall: I enjoyed this one a lot.  It’s not the kind of beer that is going to wow you, but it had a flavor profile I tend to really enjoy.  I’d definitely pick this up again and, if was going to any holiday parties, would bring along a six-pack to share.