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RATINGS: 1940   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2007
Dark clear brown with a creamy light brown head. Aroma is very strong, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, caramel... well balanced and not overdone. Smooth palate, vanilla, light chocolate malt, and bark flavours and a soft sweetness. The finish is lacking a little, not sweet, warm or spicy enough for my Christmas drinking purposes. Otherwise its a good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4964) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a deep brown color ale with a ice off-white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted caramel malt with strange spice mix. Taste is mix between some roasted caramel malt bordering on chocolate with some strange spices which make this beer feel really different. Body is quite full with some medium carbonation. I’m thinking that this beer would probably benefit from some additional alcohol but it was very good nonetheless.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (2776) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2007
2005 version aged one year in the beer cellar. Bottle poured a clear dark mahogany with a large, lasting brown head. Aromas of carmel, coffee, vanilla and spices. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of chocolate, vanilla and spices with a hint of smoke and a smooth finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 2006 . 355 ml bottle. Dark brown with a red glow. Nice tiny light chocolate head. Sweet spicy nose. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Meduim sweet taste. Spices, chocolate, (dark) berries, with an appropriate dry/acidic aftertaste. Medium body. Dry spicy finish. Yum! ------� 355 ml bottle from Vinmonopolet labelled as ’ Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’. Creamy light brown head. Body is clear dark brown with ruby highlights. Beautiful and complex aroma of toffee/caramel, refined suger-sweetness, various dark dried fruits and Christmas spices. Taste is light sugery and malty. Spiced and sweet with some nice fruity undertones. Mildly hopped. Rather light-bodied. Spice and gentle bitterness in the finish. Delicious.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (5673) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown, beige medium head. Spicy malt aroma, i sense ginger, clove and juniper. A litle sticky and thin mouthfeel, surypy sweet, balanced by a bitter aftertaste, which also holds a hint of salt liquorice which is a bit disturbing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2007
bottle. dark brown color. nice light brown head. sweet and sugary. some gingerbread and stickyness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7068) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 7, 2007
rbesg06, bottle at plain kitchen. deep brown with a beige head. aroma of rum’n’raisin, licorice and cherry syrup. a bit on the thin side, some brown sugar, chocolate, sweetbread, quite alright but not as complex as expected

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2007
2006 bottle. Dark brown in color. Aroma is spices- nutmeg, cinnamon, malt. Taste is the same, with a touch of chocolate and balanced with a medium amount of bittering hops. interesting beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10188) - Thisted, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2007
Vintage 2005, bottle. It’s an almost black beer with a delicious, steady and creamy head. The aroma is hoppy and spicy just like the flavour, that also has notes of nutmeg, licorice, plum, pine needles and a dry, slitghtly btter finish. A nice Christmas beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1922) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2007
nice deep mahogany colour, nice frothy head. spiced notes on the nose, bitter hop flavour with spiced caremel malts, some small amounts of coffee maybe even cherry


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