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RATINGS: 1821   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (1848) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2006
Wonderful looking ale here..dark brown with crimson and ruby accents and a totally gorgeous creamy "coffee ní creme" coloured head..beautiful. Aroma is slightly fruity, hints of spice and treacle, slightest hint of hop. Thate taste is of dark maltiness, prunes come most to mind, then "mincemeat pies and orange peel, then a very dark roasted coffee, prune juice finishes off the mouthful..slight peppery aftertaste. Very good on the palate..quite invigorating. I really liked this and think it might age even better..truelly a Christmas Pudding in a beer glass!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13144) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2006
Bottle from Utobeer. Very dark ruby with beige head. Spice and fruit peel with some herby hop on the aroma. Nice dark malts. Spice, charcoal, tarry, espresso coffee all in the mouth. It has a strange character. You expect it to be all spice from the aroma, but it has body and presence. Thick and unctious. This is good stuff. Orange zest on the palate on the finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
) This beer introduces itself with an aroma consisting of ginger, clove, cinnamon, fruit, and all-spice. It is black in color with a good sized caramel head that dissolves leaving a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. This moderately thick beer enters and flows through the mouth smoothly. It enters with a mild bitter taste and turns more bitter as a mixture of spices (ginger and clove being the strongest) penetrate the taste buds. This beer leaves the mouth with a sour/bitter ginger taste lingering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3144) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 7, 2006
Pours a deep ruby tinted sienna with a creamy coffee head and percolating carbonation. Fragrant aroma of high school bathroom cleaner and bleach. Flavor is similiar, but with more floral vegetal qualities, perched atop a small mound of swarz-like toasted maltiness, rounded with toffee and toast. Sweet, fairly light, crisp and clean. Not terribly complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 2, 2006
Tap. Chocolat, roasted, light licorice and some blackberry aroma. Dark brown color, light brown head, good lace. Coffee flavor, fruity, hint of cherry, hint of licorice, lots of spices but mainly clove. Nice body and complex. Donít see much difference between this one and the other vintages though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerohen (1975) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. I had one at ít Klooster in Delft with my fellow Ratebeerians.Dark brown coloured, lasting brown head. Malts and spices dominate, followed by a lasting bitter finish. Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2011 6th Dutch Ratebeer Gathering. Also had it at ít Klooster in Delft, was sold as Anchor Snow. Black, brown appearance. Very bitter and spicy flavor, with clove.

Had the 2007 version, chocolate aroma, earthy, roasted malts.

2009 version tap @ Beertemple. Black, spicy, cloves, metallic, malty, chocolate.

2010 version: Black, spicy, cloves, sweetness, malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (9999) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 2005 version: Tap, ít Klooster Delft. Sold as "snow Anchor". Loads of clove both in aroma and flavor. Very spicy, with clove up front. Some malt and raisin. Lacks balance. 6 3 6 2 10 = 2.7 2007 version: bottle: Strong aroma of red berries, cardemom and ginger. Spicy, yet warm alcoholic flavor with red berries. Thin. Too spicy to be really enjoyable. 2010 version: bottle. Dark brown color. Anis, dried fruit, orange peel and cardemom in the aroma. Sweet, spicy flavor with lots of citrusfruit, cinnamon, anis and cardemom. Spicy, but still satisfyingly balanced. (7 4 7 2 13 = 3.1)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (4890) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2006
Tap, t Klooster, Delft. Dark color, medium off-white head. Aroma of loads of clove, some coffee. Very spicy taste of clove, some roasted malt and coffee, licorice. Overwhelming clove, but i liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2006 Very intense and special nose of a some red berry that I canít recognize. Nutmeg is also very apparent together with citrus, orange and sweeter notes of cinnamon and licorice; Medium full, bitter and balanced body, compared to the nose it lacks power; Bitter, sour, complex finish, where orange, nutmeg and licorice stands out the most. Very special beer. The individual elements of this beer: aroma, flavor etc are all quite good on their own, they just donít fit together that well.

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