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RATINGS: 2048   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2007
I donít know if itís me that changed or the beer that changed but it doesnít seem as good as previous years. Too sweet and cloying now. I seem to remember more spice before.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 2006. Deep brown color with hints of red. Thin creamy head. Nice lacing. Hints of chocolate. Spicy aroma. Full bodied. Sweet chocolate taste. Lite alcohol finish. Stellar brew. Had the 2002 on cask at the Gingerman in Houston in December 2004. That was un-freakiní-believable. 2008. I think this went toward an English or even Belgian strong ale. Very malty.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AskForJenny (1066) - Ontario, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2007
2006 12oz - Gift from PR; Dark tan head over molasses colored liquid. Roasted malts on nose, blueberries and cinnamon on palate, then licorice, then bitter malt. A fun one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2007
This was the 2006 edition. A very good ale with a nice spice balance with the malty base. Nice spruce and pine aroma and flavour with bittering hops throughout. Quite rich and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Christmas 2006: dark red color, wood, alcohol, pine, with a hint of hops and faintly of plum brandy. On of the better xmas brews.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5651) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2007
2006 Bottle. Pours deep brown / garnet with a dark reddish tan head. The aroma has toasted malt, juniter, pine (but not in a hoppy way) and some spices. Smells like Christmas in a bottle. Medium body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavors start with the evergreen taste along with roasted malt and a nice amount of spice. The non-hop woodiness is there as well giving it a cool winter taste. The finish adds a bit of hoppy spice and some crispness. Very nice and enjoyable beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottle. Spicey pine hoppy aroma. Spicey clove notes. Fruity malty flavor. Roasty and Spicey. Cinnamon and nutmeg notes. Sweet. Finish is bitter. Full bodied. Well balanced. Very drinkable. Nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Bottled. This had a great spice to it with some solid hop and roastiness. I enjoyed many of these over my New Year.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2007
2005 vintage: Deep brown, reddish colour. Straw coloured head with creamy texture. Fruity aroma with spicy notes. Soft carbonation. Hoppy flavour with some notes of roasted malts. Lasting bitter finish with roasted notes and spices like cloves, cinnamon, pine!, nutmeg. Sugar sticky palate. Overall overspiced odd brew. What ever happened to the great old concept of breewing drinkable beer?!?Q!?!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 2, 2007
Purchased a magnum of this last Christmas and cousin drank it while renting my flat while I was out of the country (bastard). Luckily my good friend had a 2005 magnum to share at his recent New Yearís Party and I was able to partake in yet another vintage of this winter special. Dark brown body with lots of carbonation and sandy colored head. Aroma is pine, heavy malt, and caramel. Taste is thinner that one might expect given the color of this beer, but overall consistent with the style. More pine and malt barrage the tongue, in a spicy, carbonated, hiccup of a swig. Not by any means great, but this stuff holds a special purpose as "Christmas tree in a bottle" and for that very reason makes it a holiday standard. However, I would not want to drink this on a weekly or even monthly basis.


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