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RATINGS: 2050   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
This is our special ale from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Aleís recipe is different every year, but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons appears born anew.

Editorís Note: due to the significant similarity in style and strength from year to year (despite potential differences in the exact spice blend), this beer is no longer separated by vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (2227) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Letís split this between the 2014 and 2006 batches...cheers Craig.

Dark Chestnut brown, wee bit of cloudiness and a decent light tan ringed head. Nose is very pungent cinnamon, warming spice and soft nuttiness. Initial taste is lean sweetness, soft warming choc and builds to a light herby ess. Dense enough carbonation and sticky mouthfeel. Finishes clean spicy roast and lingers spicy good times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (1356) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
2014 bottle. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma is raisins, toffee, malts. Taste is raisins, toffee, earthy hops, dust and slight spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pityu (681) - Budapest, HUNGARY - SEP 27, 2015
Bottle 2014 - Light brown colour, nice creamy tan head with lacing. Aroma of raisins, gingerbread, cloves, honey and some resinous hops. Taste is dried fruits, ginger, cinnamon, honey with citrussy hop finish. Medium to full body, average carbonation. Not my favourite style, but i appreciate the balance, roundness and complexity. Nice christmas beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GuideDogSaint (1183) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 11, 2015
355ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen on 8 Sept 2015. Pours dark brown/black with an off white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, saison type aromas, dried fruit and medicine. Taste of a little roast and toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ebone1988 (1372) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2015
2014. Aroma is ginger, figs or some other dark fruit, nutmeg, malt. Appearance is a foggy reddish brown with a light tan head. Taste is figs, ginger, nutmeg, disappears very quickly. Mouthfeel is a decent carbonation but the flavor is very light and leaves immediately, which I suppose isnít horrible. Overall, this beer is well past its prime yet somehow I doubt I would enjoy it more fresh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlandersNed (394) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2015
12oz bottle dated 2014. Finings-laden dark mahogany color, low tan foam. Sweet spice nose. Nutmeg, pine resin, cinnamon, raisin, clove, toasted wood & more notes in the tongue. Full- body and medium+ carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (4757) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2015
355ml bottle at home, from Appellation Wines, Dalry Road, Edinburgh, spicy, toffee aroma, brown, thin bubbly beige head, no lacing, sweet spicy, malty, viscous

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JohnRMurdoch (4368) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2015
12oz bottle shared with mr_h. Almost black, big foamy head. Leafy treacle aroma. Flavour of cinnamon and other spices. Sour aftertaste. Not my sort of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KW92 (1227) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUL 23, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2015
WYGLĄD: Barwa brązowa, zmętnione. Piana średniej wysokości, drobna.
AROMAT: Średnio intensywny. Przyprawy korzenne, słody i nuty żywiczne (leśne).
SMAK: Słodowe z przyjemnie rozgrzewającymi przełyk przyprawami. Goryczka wysoka, zalegająca.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (831) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
2013 Version- Pours a very dark brown mahogany color with a thick tan head on top. Smells of mellow spiced fruit, toffee, molasses, pine resin, and gingerbread. Dry, spiced, somewhat gingerbread-y flavor. A little tart fruit, spruce, bitter chocolate, orange peel, and faint maple. Medium body, creamy texture, with a slickness that sticks to the tongue. Definitely better as it warms up.

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