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RATINGS: 2040   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2011
On tap at UPick6 in Erie PA. Aroma is.... gingerbread? and other spices such as cinnamon, brown sugar, light molasses, malty, some dark fruits underneath. Every year "IS" different. This is better than last years. Flavor is, ginger, cinnamon, somewhat sweet, caramel malt, brown sugar, some hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering sweet and spiced aftertaste. Carbonation is up there, prickly, medium body. Very nice. I would like to find a 6 pack of this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Deep brown body with some clarity. Head barely hangs on. Deep in color and character. Wine-ish. Not a favorite. Finish improves it for me, but still less than what I expected from both the brewer and the style. originally posted at: <a href="http://beercritic.wordpress.com/2009/01

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 Bottle. Deep molasses color. Limited, sudsy foam. Aromatic nutmeg scent on first inhale - presumably conjuring thoughts of egg nog. Malty flavour with hints of cinnamon in taste. Rich, even finish and tingling, numbness to the throat and nostrils. Happy Holidays, indeed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mezcalmannen (395) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2011
A very spicy brew, all the way from the onset to the finish. Finish is quite long lasting and full of flavours. Likewise, aroma is plentiful and dispersed. Deep red colour and an off-white head. (Bottle)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (395) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2008 2005. Real nice brew. The only OSA I’ve had. Great spicy aroma, mostly cinnamon and ginger. It just smells like Christmas. Taste is much the same, spiced with a smooth chocolate roasty finish and lingering aftertaste. This is like a liquid gingersnap cookie. Really good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ninecats (395) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JUL 20, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 2006 variety. Pours a opaque black with discernible brown/red facets, slight head. Xmas spices noticeable in all stages, on the nose, palate, and finish. Nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe ginger?, accompany medium body and hop bitterness, though no flavor, in the finish. Good stuff for the holidays. 2007 vintage seems even better balanced, rich and complex spices in great balance with sprucy hops. Delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2009
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a thick, foamy, tan head with almost black body. Sweet aroma of chocolate and molasses. Taste is complex with hints of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and spices. Very pleasant and light seasonal ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klas (393) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lachneger (393) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 25, 2015
Karamel kleurig bier met een witte schuimkraag die snel verdwijnt. Smaak zoet (karamel)kruidig ricola( de gele zak) snoepjes. Geur kruidig. Gedronken met Bryan.


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