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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RABinCO (1139) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2014
2005 bottle, opened solo in 2014. Why do I do this to myself ? ffs. Puts deep molasses brown. Obviously no head. Aromas of fig, brown sugar, dark fruits. Taste is thin, slightly oxidized, but surprisingly flavorful. Fruit, Brian sugar, lightly bitter. A bit of wood and maple syrup. Not bad for a decade old almost.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scooterbub (813) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - APR 13, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a nice dark red-brown with a four inch tan head. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, fruit, prunes, spice, pine and hops. Lots of flavor. Deep aroma that is similar. Has a decent body. Very easy to drink and incredibly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (876) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2014
Aroma of malt, dark fruits, spices such as clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, you name it. Flavour is very herbal and sweet. I’m generally not a big fan of spicy winter ales, but this one is alright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwa5879 (601) - Portage, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2014
Black pour with inch of healthy beige head. Aroma of belgian yeast and blue spruce and cherry, pine hops and cream too, toffee, coriander, cinnamon, angostura bitters. Overall a creamy, boch-y beer aroma with cherry or banana. Lively carbonation, leaves teeth filmy/dry. Flavor is strange, definite strong syrupy pine/spruce, sour, malty chocolate too, cinnamon and coriander. Richteous and compelling beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmanock (20) - - APR 8, 2014
about as perfect a beer for me as you could get. especially when aged a few years, this beer is in my top 5. what can i say? the dark fruit and spice of this is awesome. mulled wine and nutmeg aroma with a body that tastes a lot like plum, dark cherry, cinnamon and sugar. just the right bitterness to balance. this beer ages very well and the aging will mellow out the piney bitterness and let more of the dark fruit flavors come through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gurthnar (1504) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 7, 2014
Bottle from Csak a Jó Sör. 2013 edition. Aroma raisins, plum, cola. Interesting. Clear dark brown colour. Taste is intensely spicy. Tart sourish spruce, dirt, clove, light cinnamon. Does not work very well with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (4110) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2014
pours hazy almost cloudy brown, red tint, with a small light beige head showing some retention and lacing. caramel and nutty/fruity maltiness, coriander, aniseed, cinnamno, coffee, other bitter herbs - sort of like a popular italian bitter liquor, fruitiness - cherries and other berries, hint of sweetness. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, dry bitter grassy-earthy-peppery-very spicy finish. o-k.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimplySike (780) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2014
355ml. Bottle. 2013
Pours dark ruby brown with tan head.
Aroma raisin, dark fruits, spice, toffee, cinnamon.
Taste fruity sweet, some bitters.
Mouthfeel bit creamy.
Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2014
2013 merry Christmas and happy new year brew. pours a dark mahogany with a very large khaki head, and good lacing. smell is of spice, malt, toffee, and dark fruit. taste is sour, malt, spice, and some hops. ends tart and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomekk1978 (406) - POLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Barwa: brązowa, pod światło rubinowa. Piana kremowa, początkowo obfita, drobno pęcherzykowa, oblepiająca szkło. Wysycenie średnie. Aromat: wreszcie aromat piwa świątecznego - słodki i przyprawowy. Wyczuwalny cynamon i goździki, choć browar zaprzecza, że ich używa. Obecne także karmel, pierniki i ciemne słody. Zdecydowanie przyjemny. Smak: raczej niezbyt pełny. Gorzka czekolada, pierniki, przyprawy, spieczone ciasto, lekka goryczka. O dziwo praktycznie nie słodki, wytrawny. Anchor Christmas Ale pojawia się cyklicznie od 1975 roku. Tajny jest jego skład, który zmienia się corocznie, podobnie, jak etykieta (zawsze zdobi ją drzewo - niekoniecznie świąteczne). Zmienna jest również zawartość alkoholu. W tym roku piwo nie jest zbyt mocne i przekłada się to na smak. Nie spodziewajcie się zatem tutaj jakiejś bomby czy eksplozji smaków, bowiem jest ono raczej zbalansowane. Dla mnie brakuje trochę ciała i słodyczy, ponieważ tak wyobrażam sobie piwa świąteczne. To moja pierwsze podejście do Anchor - Christmas Ale i mimo pewnych zastrzeżeń chętnie spróbowałbym go w przyszłym roku w kolejnej wersji.

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