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RATINGS: 1903   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Pours a very dark brown, ruby with a lasting tan head. Sweet, malty, caramel corn aroma along with hints of vanillas and spices. The sweet flavors come out at first, but the body is too thin to hold the flavor. Turns a little dry towards the finish but leaves a nice candy sweetness as it fades. Slightly roasty caramel dominates the flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chuckstout (278) - Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Big holiday aromas of clove, nutmeg, caramel, smoke, fruit. Pours a near black with ruby highlights and a tan head with great lacing. Nice mouthfeel toffee and spices a nice fun winter beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikeyo1 (277) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2013
2011 edition, bottle @ home. Nice head with good lacing. Moderately sweet, herbal nose, hints of licorice, orange, ginger, some clove. Taste is somewhat dry with moderate sweetness. Medium body and soft carbonation. Hints of honey, licorice, ginger, grass. It ends with a nice hitting touch of pepper, and some lightly sour dry bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
adamnowek (276) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mickut (276) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2011
Bottled (2010). Pours deep, dark amber with beige head. Spices make estimating taste a bit difficult, medium to full bodied, with fairly soft carbonation. Aroma has lots of spices, burnt malts, nuts and peppers.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
23-12-11 Bouteille 330ml 2010(1 an vieillie): De couleur cuivrée foncée, sans effervescence et avec une mousse abondante au versage, mais qui disparait rapidement ne laissant que peu de mousse. Aromes d’herbes, de céréales et de canelle. Légèrement sucrée avec une toute petite amertume et une petite note surette. Saveurs d’herbes, d’épices et de canelle présentes, de même qu’une touche de malt et de caramel. Corps entre léger et moyen avec une texture plutôt mince et une moyenne carbonisation. Finale asser longue et maltée.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2007
Bottle. My worst Anchor experience thus far. I am having a difficult time settling in to this style. Tried a few this season and was on the verge of enjoying them. This is a difficult beer for me - the spicy, salty taste is hard to handle. Consistency and feel in the mouth is a bit heavy and fuzzy. I’ll work on it again next year.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
capali1234 (272) - HUNGARY - DEC 25, 2011
Aromas of Christmas spices, bitter grass and some malts. A light alcoholic note enriching the complexity. Weak body that doesn’t really carries the taste through.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Mild aroma, nice balance of hops and malts, dark fruits. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Flavor is quite nice. Complex with dark fruits, licorice, a slight tartness, bitter up front, with a sweet finish. Relatively full bodied. Not bad.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jikvig (269) - NORWAY - OCT 1, 2010
Had the 2008 vintage On the nose, I digg the raisins, coffe, chocolate flavours that show up! Also getting "gløgg" which is a Scandinavian thing, almost like a gluhwein (google it) It´s kinda shy in taste at the begging, before it builds up. Soft bitternes, a lovely rich malt flavour. Really smooth in the mouth. Getting some roasted malt aswell in on the end palate. This is for me, christmas in a bottle! Never tried this beer, but doing so in the middle of july makes me look forward to snow and december! The nose is fantastic, and taste is really good! I just wish the beer was more foamy in taste, but it holds really good for a 2 year old beer! I want to get my hands on an 09 as soon as possible!


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