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RATINGS: 1876   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.


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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBiker (1412) - Odense, - SEP 15, 2009
[Bought at UTO-beer, Borough Market, London.] A good thirstquencher for autumn-times. Not that christmas-sweet-like as the belgian ones, but more like an original ale added with spices, but a goodone is it indeed. Brown look with offw. head and notes of weak spices as cardamomme, cinnamon, some wood. Light and easy drinkable.


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
conway (1621) - - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola with a thick off white head. Aroma is mostly ginger. Taste adds some weird earthiness. Thin and strong carb. Not good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricyclist (832) - Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Pint pour of fairly deep brown, with a thin tan head. Nose is Christmas, Some spices of nutmeg, brown sugar, molasses. Flavor is molasses, some Christmas spices, nutmeg and ginger, like a gingerbread man, but not a gingerbread house.... A sassy gingerbread man. She’s a sassy one... A sassy gingerbread man-woman. It’s a transvestite. A delicious transvestite gingerbread individual. Anyway, it’s a solid beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sic1314 (3731) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2014
As Anchor Christmas. Poured deep reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of cinnamon,, liquorice, dark fruit. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, fairly heavy going.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (434) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 16, 2014
355 ml bottle from Ammersin 5 Vienna, 2014 version.
Dark copper body, with a medium, creamy, beige head.
Aroma of yeast, christmas spices, dried fruits, some chocolate.
Taste follows this pretty much, with some more subtle bitter hops.
Quite full, creamy mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes very spicy, quite dry, a bit bitter hoppy and slightly sweet malty.

Nice! Not my favourite Anchor beer, but a nice christmas beer, quite unique, with lots of spices. Lacks the last bit of character though in my opinion.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (3486) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle. Surprised I havent rated this one yet! Pours clear hazel, medium tan head, dissipates quickly, good lacing. Aroma is heavily spiced (out the wazoo, it says in my notes), Belgian yeast, dark fruits, figs and raisins. Flavor is medium sweet and very light bitter, less spiced than aroma suggests, but still pretty overt. Medium body, high carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
adamnowek (248) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
2014 version. Lots of chocolate and spice. Tastes like a gingerbread cookie or really spicy kruidnoten. Dark. This could be a really good dubbel if there was more alcohol and carbonation.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gary (1445) - ,London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 Bottled’ Poured out into me Chimay goblet . the nose on this reminds me a bit of rochefort - sorta chocolate dark raisin spice atmosphere ..then ginger bread ,nutmeg or some shit like that ; Khaki head above ruby is almost a 5 score . dranks sweet and spicy ; holiday spice in there .. aint as good as the aroma but is pleasant . if this had more booze it would be a mother . Im giving a point extra ...this is a really cool Christmas beer.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
johnnymusky (296) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2014
2014 vintage...pour is black with a nice creamy head...super sweet on the nose...nutmeg malt and other spices...mouth is the same with bit of ginger mixed in...weird beer but it works for the holidays...spices really stay on the palate a long time...again weird!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gbgbrouge (144) - SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2014
Poured from bottle, clear dark copper with low head. Aroma strong and complex, notes of caramel, butter, apricot and glühwein. Taste is equally complex malty sweet with little or no bitterness. Odd one...

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanuta06 (355) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2014
2014 Serving: from bottle--purchased at The Beer Junction. Aroma: moderate malt and floral aroma. Appearance: very small, light-brown initial head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Dark-red/light-brown body. Taste: lightly sweet initial flavor and lightly sweet, roasty finish with average duration. Palate: medium bodied with watery texture and lively carbonation. Overall: okay.


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