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RATINGS: 1847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2629) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2006
2006 on tap at the Brick Store. Deep dark color with a little purple hue. Big head that gives the experience a creamy texture. Gets more complex and varied as you get closer to the bottom of the glass. Starts spicy and finishes more malty with some slight chocolate and caramel malt flavors. Nice beer for this time of year.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajolly2 (129) - USA - DEC 10, 2006
2006. Head: thick; dark tan in color. Body: very dark with some ruby tint to it; opaque. Fruity aroma. At first taste, a little thinner on the tongue than the beer’s attractive appearance leads on. Taste is somewhat spicy, not smoky at all, some fruitiness but not sweet. Some bitterness emerges as it cools to room temperature. I’m no expert on Christmas brews, and this one was a little lighter than I wanted, but I highly enjoyed it and would recommend it to any ale drinkers.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 2006 version, draught. Pours dark ruby brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is mild, mostly of sweet malt and a lot of christmas spices. Flavor is also sweet malt and a lot of christmas spices. A pretty straightforward winter warmer, but I think this is rather overrated---the sweetness tastes a bit artificial, and it really isn’t that enjoyable. Not bad per se, but there are many better winter beers.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 2006 version, on tap. The Quintessential Christmas beer of 2006! yummy gingerbread beer - Christmas in a glass! Flavor includes chooclate and coffee, a slight taste of orange cream halfway through, with a touch of peppery hops about three quarters of the way through. A very smooth palate. 2005 version - sampled in August 2007 - delightful cinnamon, orange and nutmeg flavor... this is the archetype for classic Christmas beers.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Pours dark with nice tan head. A little thin, but not watery. Aroma is spicy, smoke and coffee. Flavor is not too sweet, but spicy (herbs, juniper?) with a roasted orange peer taste. Maybe a little gingerbread taste. Good dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemmingwillum (1031) - Nysted, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2006
Anchor Christmas Ale 2006 : Dark redbrown colour and a high, slowly diminishing head. Very unusual perfume-like aroma (in a good way), with spruce, spices, caramel, and a lot of juniper berries. The flavor is bitter with a lot of juniper berries, and a very bitter aftertaste. A very dry, and very good beer, but it could use some more sweetness. Creamy body, but a little thin.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Furseth (1968) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2006
Bottle: Dark red colour, flat head. Aroma of Spicyness, hops,tar,and and malts. Werry complexy nose. Flavor is spicy, coffee, dark chocolate, medium body , medium finish. A Compex beer indeed.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
LinusStick (2879) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Had this on draft at Sharp Edge Creek House-It was described as Anchor Christmas and that lead me to here. This is a bad beer-had it not smelled so good or have been such a rich dark color with a big tan head, it would have been in the 1’s. This beer tasted like you scraped the bottom of a fireplace and used those ashes with the fermenting of the beer. Smokey and strong. Lift the anchor and move on from this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2006
2006 bottle, pours dark reddish brown with a super thick tan head that slowly dissipates; good lacing. Slightly sweet aroma of dark cherry, plum, and a good dose of clove/spice. Very clove filled, spicy earth flavor that started nice but became a bit too much the more I drank. Little noticable presence of hops or malt, primarily clove/spice and a mild alcohol warmth. A very unique winter seasonal; an interesting divergence, but not something I would want very often.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 In short: Very spicy candy-like beer. A bit too much on the cloves and anises for my taste.
How: 2006 12oz bottle. 2007 12oz bottle from dmac621. Thanks Dave
The look: Very dark mahogany body, medium tan head with good lacing.
In long: Aroma is like opening a cherry-tree chest containing a lot of spices (anise, cloves, and more). Taste has too much anise and cloves for my taste. A bit overdone. There was also some cherry pie, cinnamon, woods, grapes, black berries and why not some black forest cake too. All that without being sweet. Fruity and spicy but body lacked malts and hops were nowhere to be seen. This was a strange mix of spices creating the illusion of flavour. Would have scored higher at a tasting session but I found a full bottle to be hard to finish. I like beers that are different but to tell you the truth I think this one is a bit “out there”. Add to that the esoteric text on the label about the rebirth of life or something like that and you’ve got a beer that would be perfect for the annual convention of the Apostles Of The Eternal Life Renewal.


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