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RATINGS: 1879   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (1844) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
This is certainly one of the more interesting beers I’ve ever had. Pours a dark iced tea color. I couldn’t figure out what I was smelling at first.. But after a while I deduced that it was tree sap and pine needles with a mild but persistent dose of anise. Sweetness up front with anise and a pine bitterness at the end. Very unique and quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nathan30533 (678) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2014
This is an enjoyable festive Christmassy ale. Spicy and bold. This one is unique and I would think with it’s color and spice it ages well over time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (587) - , Idaho, USA - NOV 26, 2014
2014 Picked up 4x bottles at the COOP but it will hit all the bottleshops, enough to drink one cellar a few to keep my vertical going. Poured into my FW goblet... 1/2" dark tan head atop a very clear deeeep ruby/walnut brew. Nose is traditional sweet spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace? Dry maltiness does little to help bloom the bouquet.. Sorta watery on the palate, not much malt to carry and deliver and leaves a sorta dry/dusty spiciness on the finish. Okay... Glad I got this finished for the year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (608) - Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2014
On draft. Was on a vacation and didn’t take notes. Only rated the beer and enjoyed the time.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbrana (480) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Tastes like plastic, cloves, cinnamon, and slight caramel and smoke. Very gross combination and very bitter after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhatB420 (642) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2014
12oz into a 6oz sample glass. Pours a mild chocolate brown. Fun, chewy granola, amber, fluid red grape rasin aroma. Dark fruits prevalent. Taste of figs, raisn, dates, amber waves, and malty riches. Solid hearty drinking brew, love the low key aspect of it. Fluid, righteous, and satisfying. Nice beer for the season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gaultier (485) - SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 17/11-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Christmas spices, fruity, notes of caramel. Taste: Christmas spices, fruity. Body is medium, the finish is medium dry and medium bitter with notes of christmas spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerFunGuy (739) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2014
This special ale is easy drinking. Merry Christmas happy new year 2014. If I drink a few more of these it it'll make for a very happy night even though Christmas is a little ways away still. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blogmeabeer (19) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
Season 2014/15 version. Dark brown. Tan head. Interesting aromas, juniper, spruce lingering above a kola induced malt. Medium bodied, medium bitterness, slight sweetness. Hints of juniper and spruce. Fresh yet dark enough to fit the season. Interesting, with a lot of taste going on!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
alkolas510 (700) - SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2014
Svart med litet ljusbrunt skum. Doftar och smakar lite juligt med inslag av enbär!? Ok men inte mer

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