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RATINGS: 1957   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OleR (4804) - 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 (6030) - 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 (7244) - 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 (10191) - 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 (1934) - 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

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2009 [28 Nov 2009] Anchor Our Special Ale 2009 is a very dark brown ale with a thin, dense mocha colored head that leaves sip lines all the way down the glass. It smells a little sweet, sort of like ginger bread. Other spices are present in the aroma, notably nutmeg. It’s smooth and medium bodied with a dry, astringent finish. There’s a lot of flavor going on here. The malt is a little sweet and resiny and it melds well with all of the spices. The nutmeg and cinnamon start to create an apple pie flavor, but ginger and juniper take over and provide the spicy, bitter finish. Actually, this doesn’t seem as bitter as it has in the past. It’s all about the spices. [Aroma: 9 (4.5) Appearance: 5 (4.5) Taste: 9 (4.5) Palate: 4 (4) Overall: 4.5 (18)] [28 Nov 2008] Anchor Our Special Ale 2008 is a very dark and dim red-brown ale with a thin, splotchy, mocha-colored head that leaves nice lacing. It has a coffee and orange peel aroma that’s slightly sweet like molasses and cola. It has a dry medium body with a slightly scratchy finish. It’s flavored with a burst of spices: nutmeg, licorice root, ginger and candied orange peel. It has a hint of sweetness, like Coke syrup and some nutiness. It is complex and unique. [Aroma 8/10, Appearance 4/5, Flavor 8/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 15/20] [30 Jan 2007] This beer pours a deep brown with a red-orange hue. It has a small, off-white head of big thin bubbles. Great clarity. The aroma is that of a medium malt, redwood trees, and orange peel. There are spices present in the smell as well: Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg-- maybe even coriander seed. This beer is commandingly hopped; moreso than Liberty Ale. The aftertaste is of bitter grass with a powdered cinnamon feel. This is the kind of beer that gets me excited about beer. [Aroma 10/10, Appearance 4/5, Flavor 8/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 18/20]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4436) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. Black beer with a light aroma. The aroma is weirdly herbal, and the flavour is quite medicinal and sweetly alcoholic. Overall a weird beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2007
Édition 2006. Robe brune aux reflets rouges surmontée d’une mousse beige mince qui persiste. Arômes de canelle, de cerises et de muscade. Saveurs de canelle, de muscade, de cerises et de caramel.


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