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RATINGS: 1951   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.


Hussey's rating

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle from Bestway. 2010 vintage. Pour: Brown/reddish pour. Thin collar of foam. Aroma: Dark fruit spice nose. Taste: A holiday beer. Spice coupled with prunes/raisins. Cinnamon/nutmeg and vanilla tones cascade through this brew. Juniper in the mix perhaps. Reminded me of a light, beery Swedish Glogg that I’ve had on occasion. Overall: Imbibed for experience. A holiday thang only.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (999) - GREECE - JUL 4, 2015
355ml bottle v2012. Dark brown color with light beige head. Malty aroma, spicy, nutmeg, some cinnamon, dark dried fruits, light chocolate and licorice, caramel. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (400) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 29, 2015
2014 bottle, deep brown beer, good almond head, good lace. Aroma cinnamon, raisin, molasses, coffee. Taste is cinnamon, rootbeer, coffee, cloves. Palate a little light, but ok, carbonation nicely subdued. This should be mulled, I think, or done as a flip.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leosanches (57) - - JUN 26, 2015
Cerveja comemorativa e de fabricação controlada, o aroma do malte torrado e do açúcar mascavo se fazem presentes desde o início. Cerveja escura e âmbar, sem presença de espuma. O sabor é uma continuação do aroma, com o malte torrado se destacando, porém sendo equilibrado pelo açúcar mascavo que acrescenta suavidade ao sabor. É possível sentir a presença de notas campestres, com toque de estábulo e frutos outonais. Boa par ser antecipada com. Arábes, o aftertaste é seco e amargo, o que prejudica levemente a drinkability.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turtles (377) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2015
355ml bottle from 2014, still available at Systembolaget Söderhallarna. Dark brown with a creamy, compact, tan head. Great aroma, cinnamon, pine, cherry, there are many scents and it is difficult to distinguish them. Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonated. The taste begins with caramel and spices, cinnamon, prunes. Finish with fresh green pine needles.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamaty (1168) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 10, 2015
Color café, muy oscura... Espuma escasa. Fuerte aroma a canela, chocolate y lupulos. Cuerpo ligero y baja efervescencia. El sabor sigue al aroma, muy muy sabroso y equilibrado, apareciendo además toques de uva, y destacando por encima de todo las especias, pimienta, mucha canela sobre todo en el postgusto. Muy buena.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (1953) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 11, 2015
2014 Bottle: This one pours a cloudy, dark amber color. There was a finger of a light tan head. Some lacing. Good nose. Malts, holiday spices are the most predominate. Getting some dark fruits also. The taste is very good. Very rich malt body, with just a bit of sweetness, Subdues holiday spices, maybe some orange, a touch of earthy hops. Very Nice!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (875) - Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2015
2014 version. On draft and the 2 L bottle. Dark brown with one finger head. Aroma of pine, spices (nut meg). Really well done and different from the more cinnamon christmas beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (1540) - Georgia, USA - APR 12, 2015
Old rating. Enjoy this one when I get it round the season. Dark tan. Pine, vanilla, earth, clove, spices. Medium bodied and not overly spiced.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (669) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Appearance: light tan head, the beer is a very nice brown color that's transparent around the edges, some maroon hues in there Aroma: caramel malt, spicy, maybe a bit of lemon, potpourri Taste: spicy, some sweet caramel malt, even some bitterness on the finish Palate: lively carbonation, slight bitterness on the finish, medium mouthfeel Overall: this beer does remind me of Christmas, pumpkin pie, potpourri, warm spice are all in there, this is the 2014 version ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (1623) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
17.2.2015. Spicy nose. Flavour has cloves, ginger, cinnamon, sugar candies, dark fruits. It really is spiced beer. Decent in small amounts.


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