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RATINGS: 1957   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 Ale’s 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.

Editor’s 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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoigniew (87) - Łęczna, POLAND - DEC 2, 2014
Na ecie rocznik 2013. Aromat przyprawowy - korzenny, cynamonowy, cukierkowy, czuć piernik. W smaku - cherry, bombonierkowe - baryłki z likierem cherry, słodkie, korzenne, goryczka niska, na finiszu wyraźny kompot z suszu co czyni to piwo najbardziej świątecznym jakie dotąd próbowałem.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sebastian_F (2) - Gävle, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2014 does not count
A nice aroma with hints of chocolate, raisins, vanilla and nuts. A very subtle liquorice tone. Almost wine-red to brown-red in apperance, with a white head that quickly disipates. A light taste of raisin, liqourice, chocolate and brown sugar, with traces of vanilla and bread. Light body, thin texture, soft carbonation and a relativly short finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (750) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a bubbly tan head - surprisingly dark, looks kind of like a stout. Some christmas spices in the aroma; a bit like a ginger snap, with notes of nutmeg, molasses, caramel. Flavour is malty, some molasses and caramel with a blend of holiday dessert spices, some fruitcake notes. A little lighter bodied than it looks, but tasty and definitely interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3523) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2014
12oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington. Dark brown pour with thin beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, christmas spice, little licorice. Tastes are roasted malt, herbal, clove, cardamon, raisins, little citrus. Soda vibe. Interesting.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
wihlan (403) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
Flaska från systemet - Doftar verkligen jul och lite parfym. Färgen påminner om julmust och med vitt skum. Har en tydlig smak av jul med men tyvärr smakar den parfym med.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leini (1361) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
355ml bottle. Dark brown body with a large, slightly tan, head. Lacing. Spices, licorice, bread and a hint of roasted elements. There's a touch of something that reminds of Underberg... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ramboraffe (1294) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2014
355 ml bottle. Clear amber with white head. Smell is sweet caramel with fruit and liqurice. Taste is sweet caramel malty with juniper and berries. Semi dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Xebbe (141) - - NOV 29, 2014
Tråkig och tunn smak. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swillguzzler99 (154) - Peoria, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2014
From a magnum bottle. Near opaque brown with fizzy head. Chocolate biscuit nose. Sweet juniper taste. Smooth finish. Another great day at the in-laws.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (2374) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
This is certainly one of the more interesting beers I’ve ever had. Pours a dark iced tea color. I couldn’t figure out what I was smelling at first.. But after a while I deduced that it was tree sap and pine needles with a mild but persistent dose of anise. Sweetness up front with anise and a pine bitterness at the end. Very unique and quite good.

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