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RATINGS: 2047   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MaartenRF10 (1849) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2015
Donkerbruin. Bruine kraag. Kruidig bier met pompoen? Weinig body. Ben er niet kapot van.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weordie (752) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2015
Pours black with a thick, foamy white head. The aroma is spicy, sticky pine like. The taste is a spicy, cough syrup and pine. I have to say I really like this. I’d be into buying a few more of these.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1762) - - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish color. Aroma and taste are spices, fruit, and some honey.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (1805) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2015
0.355 l bottle from ’De Bierkoning’, 2015 vintage (best before September 2017). Clear, very dark red to black with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, brown head. Sweetish, slightly roasty, fruity-malty aroma of raisins, dates, overripe banana, dark chocolate and almond. Sweetish, slightly roasty, fruity-malty taste of overripe banana, raisins, dark chocolate, coffee and nuts, followed by a short, roasty and slightly bitter finish with more dark chocolate and coffee. Medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Nice winter/christmas beer, although a bit faint and not too complex.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1527) - HONG KONG - DEC 11, 2015


355ml bottle as “Anchor Christmas Ale 2015” bought at The Bottle Shop in Sai Kung.

Looks: Deep blackish browncolour; One and a quarter finger head with crumpety beige foam which lasts for 90 seconds; Excellent good sticky lacing with localized slight carbonation.

Aroma: Fragrant full dark malt, with caramel, strong toffee, light plums, traces of cinnamon, cream, very light coffee, light molasses and biscuits. Spicy aroma comes through as beer warms.

Taste: Close to light sweet dark Ale malt, with roasted chestnuts, nutmeg, very light cinnamon, burnt caramel, toffee, dark fruits, light molasses, dry biscuits, yeast, lemon, light bitter hops and grass.

Body: Mid to light body. Thin and dry palate.

Mouth Feel: Like a Porter with richer dark malt, in a watery background. Slightly burnt caramel, toffee and light fruitcake dominate, followed by apparent nutmeg and light plum. Sweetness is moderate, so does lemon wuth very dry biscuity yeast to round. Okay.

Hoppiness: None in nose. Fair lemon and grass in taste. Bitterness is light for a lasting, light astringent caramel malty finish.

After Taste: Very dry. Light spicy and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: Sounds like the spirit of Xmas means all things being light and easy, and so does this one - aroma is literally light as feather, taste is saved by very solid caramel malt with subtle nutmeg and dark fruits with bare-bone lemony hoppiness. Easy drinking alright, but I want something more exciting come Xmas. Unimpressive.

P.S. Thank you Admin for the “Saeame Street: Feist sings 1,2,3,4” video fro my #1234 ratings : )

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacchus66 (60) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2015
From bottle, pours dark brown with a medium, frothy light brown head. Aromas are caramel and malt, nuts and spice. Flavors add raisin notes and more spices. Medium bodied. Honestly I was expecting more from this (based on the appearance?), almost like the alcohol should be a tick higher to give it more backbone. Still, an enjoyable colder weather brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PeatyPete (868) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2015
Dark brown color with beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nutty and spices. Taste of molasses and spicy.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2015
On tap. Pours a dark cola brown, very foamy. Aroma somewhat muted, kind of a bitter, herbal note. Flavor is sweet, herbal, and piney. Palate a bit harsh. Not impressed this year.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
iggynelix (132) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2015
This is one of my seasonal favorites and 2016’s ale is among the best in class. Pours dark mahogany but clear with a rich tan head. Molasses and ginger notes are strongest on the nose and palate. I five a hint of feral nose and there might be a slight umami flavour add well. Yummy...Santa, I need a case of this.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (5376) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle 33cl, a dark beer with good head. Nose is on toasted malt and toasted caramel, spices. Aroma is on dark caramel, licorice, burnt caramel, anise, toffee, dark lager notes, nutty, burnt spices, good.


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