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RATINGS: 1925   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2007
October 2006 bottling date; from my recall; all consumed 12-06: Can there be anything better? This is the most incredible/accessible spiced libation each and every year since 1997 (in my humble experience). Just a stunning example of the brilliance of Anchor. Methinks the Belgiums be losin’ their luster... jus’ like the Yankees...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SFtaster (57) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Bought the 50oz magnum at Safeway ($15) to serve at a holiday/seasonal beer tasting that I organized. I have to admit, I expected a ’bigger’ flavor from the legendary Anchor Brewing Co. I’m not sure how this compares with their other Christmas offerings, but I found this year’s edition to be unremarkable. Maybe that’s their intention since its meant to be served in a group setting where tastes and preferences vary widely. This ale will not offend anyone, but will not inspire either.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fourstrings (56) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 27, 2013
Dark brown beer with very nice beige head. Dry, with strong hint of dried cherries, spices to gingerbread, chocolate and little bit of coffee too. Nice alcohol note that warms up throat. Low bitterness. Very great christmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoigniew (56) - Łęczna, POLAND - DEC 2, 2014
Na ecie rocznik 2013. Aromat przyprawowy - korzenny, cynamonowy, cukierkowy, czuć piernik. W smaku - cherry, bombonierkowe - baryłki z likierem cherry, słodkie, korzenne, goryczka niska, na finiszu wyraźny kompot z suszu co czyni to piwo najbardziej świątecznym jakie dotąd próbowałem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Britales (56) - Cape Charles, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2005
I always look forward to this beer due to the changes from year to year! This issue is one of the better ones IMHO! Nice balance but the clove, evergreen, nuttiness and coffee undertones are most identifiable! Will need more of this one! Merry Christmas!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
realbama (55) - Destin, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2008
This was the first holiday brew I have tried from Anchor. It poured very dark and I wouldnt say amber, but moreso dark crimson. Very thick head. It smelled of the holidays, caramel, nutmeg, cider spices. I found it to be filling, interesting, and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsjay (54) - Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Reviewing this is somewhat misleading, as every year the flavor varies so much, and changes considerably with age (obviously). It’s always worth a shot, sometimes beautiful, others too spicy, but hardly worth complaining about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smackie (54) - St. Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2007 Wife brought this home, my choice would have been the Sierra Nevada holiday ale, but she did good. One of the reasons I love the holidays.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrw1zard (54) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Lots of flavor to this. Pours a dark color with a cream colored head. I was expecting a bite to this, being so dark, but it is really smooth, a very strong spice taste at the end. Very enjoyable - a must for the holidays and non-eggnog people!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Apperance is black with a small to medium tan. Aroma is of licorice, cinnamon, spruce and flowers. Palate is meduim to full bodied and smmoth. Flavor is nice with mild bitterness. Malt at first finishing with the flowers and licorice. A nice holiday treat for and damp Christmas morning here in NC.

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