215. Mad Abbot Christmas Ale (2013)

Posted: July 3, 2014 in Australian ales
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Mad Abbot Christmas Ale - BOTTLEMad Abbot Christmas Ale (2013)

Company info:
The Little Brewing Company
Port Macquarie, NSW


Bottle size sampled: 330ml

Alcohol: 11.3%
Standard drinks: 2.9

Cap type: Non-twist

Cost: I picked this up for $9.00 AU

Label info: ‘The first of a line of ‘seasonal’ vintages brewed for festive occasions. This is a dark Belgian style quadrupel, exhibiting characters of rum, fruit cake, plum, cherry, leather and spice. It will reward with careful cellaring up to 3 to 5 years after date of bottling. Bottle conditioned’

What the label really means: I haven’t met a Christmas ale yet that has failed to disappoint. Bring it on.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: The label is abbot inspired with a shape that is rounded, with a point at the top like a church window. ‘Mad Abbot’ is written in a bold green across this label with snow-topped caps and a holy leaf off to the side. The little elf character on so many of Little Brewing’s beers has a jolly little Santa suit on his scrawny body and it’s immediately identifiable as a Christmas / festive season brew without going overboard. There’s a little circle in the middle of the label that proclaims this is a ‘cellar release’. I really like the label for not over doing the theme, remaining elegant with an air of fun about it. 

I give it a label rating of 8 out of 10.

AROMA:  I get aromas of chocolate, port wine, and caramel. Very enticing.Mad Abbot Christmas Ale - GLASS

Taste: GLASS – A myriad of flavours reach out and gently stroke your tongue on first sip. It’s a very smooth brew with flavours of chocolate, malty caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of port wine. There’s raisins and spice and all things nice. This is a truly exceptional beer that unfolds with each sip into something of complex beauty. Truly remarkable.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 9 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Surprisingly, a lot of the complex flavours noted from the glass remain. Flavours continue to pop out unexpectedly with each sip and remains just as strong. However, it never tastes too alchoholically strong – which is a good thing. Stick to the glass for the simple fact that this brew just feels trapped, claustrophobic. It needs a wide mouthed glass (as suggested on the label) and served at between 12-14c.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 8 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Chicken sausages would suit this beauty.

Best season to appreciate: Definitely a winter-warmer. A beer to sit with and to savour.

All-nighter beer? Wooooohoooooo!! Yes please! Either this beer has really gone to my head very quickly or I could imagine drinking this all the way from now until Christmas.

Happy Christmas in July everyone!


  1. Mal says:

    Couldn’t get the Xmas Ale so snared some Wicked Elf Witbier instead. What a cracker of a drop. If the Little Brewery pay this much attention to all their beers then all success to them.


  2. Horst von Shizenfoozen says:

    11.3% foozevol, with a recommended guzzle temp of 12-14°C. A seasoned whiffler would hafta take his shoes off to count to those sort of numbers.


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