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RATINGS: 1975   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fredjaz (112) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
What a great holiday brew! Great pour with lasting head and lacing throughout. Medium bodied, full of spices like drinking gingerbread. Just the right amount of hops to balance and complete an excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LKT1983 (112) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2012
2012 bottle. What a difference in taste from anything else I’ve had lately. Hard to describe the taste from a sample, but I loved it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
webbcreative (111) - , Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2009
2008. Dark Mahogany color. 2 finger light brown head. smells pretty good, Taste...meh...getting a lot of spices. but not much else, malt and hops seem to cancel each other out. This is a good beer, just not that memorable for me. thin mouthfeel and low to no carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnloose (111) - North Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Absolutely delicious. Other "Christmas" beers I have had can’t compare. Aromas and flavors of everything one would expect from the season, alternating with each sniff or taste. Aggressive, yet soothing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffLover (111) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2006
2006 from a 12 oz. bottle. Aroma of nutmeg, ginger, and other spices. Appearance is dark brown with a light tan head. Flavor is spices, black courants, and some toasted malt. Palate is medium. Overall a great seasonal - much better than the overally spiced 2005.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle. Each time I drink this beer I like it even more. Pours dark brown with tan head that has pretty decent retention. Aroma is subtle and wonderful, of dry malts and holiday spices. Medium body, complex flavor, that somehow manages to be both warming and refreshing. Very interesting, yet still very drinkable. I’ll buy another six-pack the first chance I get. Absolutely delightful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lowgun1212 (109) - Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2009
2009 - dark brown with large tan head. malty caramel licorice head - nice. flavor is roasted malt, coffee, slight tang from spearmint & nutmeg. nice flavor but the body is a little light for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Poured from 12oz bottle into lager glass Aroma: dark fruit cinnamon bit of alcohol gingerbread Appearance: deep dark brown red. Very hazy. 1 finger head that faded quickly. Taste: medium sweet medium sour. Light bitter. Palate: medium body and thin mouthfeel. Slightly slick. Average carbonation. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall: Very good Christmas beer. I like this. I would pick this up next year. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sja14 (108) - Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2008
pours dark with a nice brown head. Very spicy and piney flavor with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kragelund (107) - , DENMARK - DEC 16, 2012
(Bottle 2012) Pours dark brown with dense head. Bready spicy aroma, Bready malty flavour with undefined spice and bitter finish. Not really my taste

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