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RATINGS: 2041   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ninecats (422) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2015
Backlog, Christmas 2014. Bottle. Dark brown with two finger tan head, dissipates quickly leaving some lacings. Wonderful aroma of pine needles, vanilla, spices, liquorice, malt. Taste about the same with a dry finish. Medium body, light to medium carbo.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimsRatings (421) - - NOV 30, 2013
From 1.5 l bottle. Pours a clear caramel coot with lots of light brown head. Mild aroma of malts. Fruity and malty with nutmeg aftertaste. I can see drinking this in front of a fire on a cold winter night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
njnut (418) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Light aromas and flavors of dried dark fruits, roast malt, caramelized apple/banana and holiday spice. Reminiscent of your average Belgian Dubbel or quad, except with a very watered down mouthfeel and finish. Decent aromas and flavors, just thin. Overall, a light and quaffable holiday ale, perfect for your average family/work gathering.. as I assume it will likely make numerous people happy with its holiday flare. Not bad, though a long ways from its Belgian cousins. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
uhclem (417) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2013
On tap @ Old Chicago mini tour. I am not normally a fan of spiced beer, but this one was surprisingly good. The herbal undertones made me think of Jagermeister.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BaroneBirra (414) - Gorizia, ITALY - DEC 11, 2013
2013 version labeled for Europe. Sweet cloves aroma. Lots of Christmas spices in the taste: cloves, cinnamon, orange peel and candy apple. Nice because reminds all the Christmas flavours,but too low with body an alcohol and unbalanced with spices .

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is a deep black with a tint of a dark red when held to the light. The head is a foamy reddish brown with so nice lacing leaving a film on the glass. The smell is somewhat spicy with a little cinnamon. (I have a head cold) The taste is malty and is bit bitter with some nice flavor of bread, some yeast feel, and a floral hops. This beer is a bit of a mix of spicy hops and heavy bitterness. It has a nice mouth feel to it and it not too heavy and also pretty refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Pours a black body with a thick beige head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, and a slight cola flavor. Finishes dry.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vmilaxer29 (412) - Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Has a nice spicy aroma after you pour it, but the taste doesn’t seem to match the smell. The beer could definitely use a higher alcohol content and more distinctive flavor. Not a bad winter ale.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CEZ (412) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 20, 2006
Hazy dark brown body, good tan head. Smells like licorice, flowers, caramel, yeast. On the palate, it shows a strong toffee and roasted malt character. Smooth and medium-bodied, with loads of subtle spicy notes coming through (orange peels, nutmeg, pine). Long slightly tarty finish. Complex, yet quite drinkable.


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