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RATINGS: 1827   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mleary (5) - USA - DEC 23, 2007 does not count
2007 12oz bottle. Nice winter ale, medium body, complex flavor, ginger with a touch of cinnamon. Slightly minty bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bugpilot (5) - Brisbane, California, USA - DEC 19, 2005 does not count
Smells wonderful and has a dark cola-like appearance. Serve ice cold in a mug or glass for the full effect of this tasty ale! I was quite suprised by it’s mellow spices, and the finish was cool and inviting of another sip. Definatley a must try on a cold winters night!

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maxi76 (5) - Brisighella (RA), ITALY - JAN 14, 2012 does not count
355 ml bottle. Dark ruby red color reflections. Compact foam. Pine, juniper, almost balmy. Certainly not the drinkability its prominent feature, but a high-class beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reyman (5) - - DEC 14, 2013 does not count
Bottle. Bark brown. Aroma of clove, nutmeg malt, chocolate, pine. Tastes as it smells. Overall a good beer with a nice body and mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NickT (4) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013 does not count
I will definitely look out for this ale next year. This is the first time that I have tried it, and it was a lovely warm, thick, dark ale that works wonderfully well at Christmas. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Byeast (4) - USA - MAR 30, 2007 does not count
Appearance: poured very very dark brown , almost black and fairly opaque but with some nice ruby edges , an inch of lasting tan foam sits atop , lots of sliding lace. Smell: The aroma on this beer is so inviting and sooo Christmas-y. Rich , gingerbread / spiced cake maltiness , some chocolate , hint of nutmeg , cinnamon, and allspice , and some evergreen/pine like scent. Taste: Rich and rounded malt flavors of gingerbread , bit of cocoa / chocolate , allspice and cinnamon , some slight berry in a juniper / plum like way, roasty quality , a hint of nutmeg that reminds me of eggnog , lots of evergreen tree character throughout , some more spices and a resinous pine in the finish that bites a bit in the back. Mouthfeel: the natural carbonation is moderate and soft , with a slightly prickly end. Drinkability and notes: Anchor OSA is a must have in my book during the wonderful Christmas season. The flavors in this beer capture my idea of a holiday offering more completly than any other iv’e tried. Its so great that this beer is born anew each year , and the 32nd has not dissapointed. Fagus Sylvatica or the European Beech ( pictured on this years label ) : *Capable of reaching heights of up to 48 m tall and 3m trunk diameter *Typical lifespan of 150 to 200 years, though sometimes up to 300 years *Very popular ornamental tree in parks and large gardens, not only in Europe, but also in North America and New Zealand.

1.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
wildcatIPA (4) - Kansas, USA - DEC 17, 2011 does not count
no aroma - at all. the taste was flat with no head. a waste of seasonal brew. very disappointing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
FJN (3) - , Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2008 does not count
2008 12 oz Bottle: This is the third year I’ve enjoyed this beer. I find it less defined by Christmas spices than a robust hoppiness this year than in previous years. It was superb last year on tap at the Berghoff in Chicago and I imagine this years would be, too. It’s thicker than Guiness, (Guiness is watery) and delivers a remarkably robust flavor. I find it reminds me of gingerbread cookies. Others I introduce it too find other flavors. Everyone agrees, however, that the combination of texture and flavor might well be disastrous in other beers, but in this case, are extraordinary.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Obie1018 (3) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 18, 2010 does not count
Medium brown body with a beige head. Taste a hint of Chocolate, many various spices. Smell of fruit and christmas time. Goes down smooth and makes the body feel warm. First time trying this and will definitly try again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VVino (3) - Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2011 does not count
2011 vintage. Light malt armoa, hint of winter spice, gingerbread. Pours dark amber-brown but not opaque. Lingering light brown head. Tastes of a complex mix of several kinds of malt, lightly roasted, maybe a small amount of rye? Very little hop bitterness or spice flavor. Overall, an interesting porter. NOTE - I had this as part of a vertical from 2006-2011. The 2007 was EASILY the best (agreed by all 3 tasters), with very spiffy flavors like molasses and brown sugar, without being overly sweet. If you have an opportunity to try the 2007 take it!


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