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RATINGS: 1945   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (1441) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
355ml bottle at home. Somewhat reddish pale dark brown with a medium off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Quite bitter with some sweet tones. Malts, clove, caramel, brown sugar, some chocolate and red fruits. A decent winter brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mircoas (178) - ITALY - JAN 1, 2015
33cl @ bottle. Birra natalizia del birrificio di San Francisco. Scura, speziata e pure leggera grazie al poco alcol presente. Davvero buona.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (1222) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
A great holiday ale. Pours a deep black with a tan head. Smells amazing, cloves, licorice and herbs. Taste is quite herby, with a bit of herbs and some hops in the finish. Had in the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (4538) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle: Deep, red-brown with a solid light brown head. Caramel malt, nutmeg, cinnamon aroma. Taste is the same....cinnamon is nicely presented without overkill. Creamy, sweet, ..festive. Very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
androman (735) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2014
25cl on tap @ Only good beer, Budapest. Body is dark brown, Head is large, rocky, beige, fully lasting, excellent lacing. Nose is herbs, Aroma is spicy, roasted, caramel, light ash, herbs, light resin. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter, light sour. Finish is average lasting light sweet, medium hoppy and roasty bitter. Medium body, sticky texture, average carbonation. Fine, interesting, feels like a porter and schwartz beer mixture with spices and herbs.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenkiGonzo (523) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle, can’t remember where. Pours almost black, small off-white head. Aroma is mostly cinnamon with some herbs. Flavour is smooth, lots of cinnamon and caramel malts, some herbs to soften it and make sure it isn’t too sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
two7offsuit (323) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is malt and spice. Taste is thin malt with some spice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerardgathier (511) - - DEC 30, 2014
Currently I am updating my ratebeer with al the beers I drank but was too lazy to rate at the time. I give the scores I gave back than. If I drink the beers again I might re-rate them.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (8582) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malt aroma. Brown with small head. Sweet nutmeg, cinnamon, and creamy caramel malt flavor. Very pleasant.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkska101 (1133) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
12 onz Bottle thx Heather and frank A: red fruits, dark caramel, licorice, brown sugar, minty/cinnamon app: dark brown beige head and excellent lacing t/p: med body with moderate long bitter finish. O: OK. Interesting aroma lacking some body/mouthfeel. I guess I prefer bigger Xmas beer.


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