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RATINGS: 1950   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2009
2008 version had back in December. Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass a dark amber color. Aroma was sweet and spicy. Taste of cinnimon and nutmeg along with what seemed like citrus.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cristobal37 (352) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Nothing says Christmas like Anchor’s Special Ale. Gingerbread cookie beer. Spicy and oily. The alcohol is wrapped up very finely and the finish is a smooth vanilla drop to finish a hard day in the winter. Classic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klas (351) - SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
Alias Anchor Christmas Ale. Bottle from Systembolaget. 26 SEK. Blind tested yesterday evening at the yearly Winter/Christmas seasonal brew testing. Belgian yeasty/spicy aroma/taste.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2010
I think someone misheard me when I ordered this beer and accidentally served me pine sol. Smells good...for a candle not a beer

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
tasted vs the 03 and 04. better than 04, but not as good as 03. tons of nutmeg (they should just call this nutmeg brew), cinammon, other spices. nice body, good flavor, but just too nutmeg-y.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sblsimone85 (348) - USA - MAR 17, 2013
Birra natalizia della anchor affumicata tostata aromi di caffè x una buona birra, amaro da tostatura. ---Rated BY Italianbeer85

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
njnut (347) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Poured from bottle to lager glass a bottle brown with huge tan head that lasted. Plenty of tan lace. Aroma was a wonderful spice infused malt that was not overbearing. Really a nice change from the pumpkin spice bombs of the fall. There were notes of spice, vanilla, malt, and clove in the taste. Well done and something that changes a bit year to year and I look foward to it.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Spicy, robust, opaque, well balanced, slighty hoppy in the back of the throat, delicious with fondue or simply alone. A great American Christmas beer!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Strong aroma of figs, nuts, caramel swirl. Taste follows through with that and nutmeg. Dry finish. Alcohol blends well and is lower than expected for a winter brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Pours black with tones of red and a small light brown head. Aroma has hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and pine. Very creamy and smooth to drink but leaves a dry finish. I enjoyed this beer and I’m looking forward to the 2006 release.


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