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RATINGS: 1942   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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
AndrewMichaelZ (63) - - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle into small tulip. Pours a deep managing with a thick (almost creamy) mocha-colored head. Sweet malty notes on the nose with hints of raisin. Drinks with strong carbonation and a bit of roasty malts but overall uneventful. It does have that wintery vibe too it (especially on the finish) bit I'm not sure I'd reach for this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roger60 (62) - - DEC 26, 2014
Flaska SB Mönsterås. Sequioa fantastiska träd har en liten i trädgården. Luktar som efter ett regn i Kings canyon and Sequoia nat park. Blir inte lätt att vara objektiv här...Riktig riktigt julöl. Inte karamellmalt mm Funkar ej med choklad och osten får vila sig. Vinner på att inte vara under 10 c. +3 p för etiketten. Finns inga skogar att jämföra med....

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
amee16 (62) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
2007 - Pours a very dark clear red with small tan head. Aroma is filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, pine and sugar cookies. Flavor is brightly spicy, lightly sweet and finishes mildly bitter. Overall, pretty good and unique but not something I’d drink regularly. Perfect for the holidays.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
The clove, nutmeg, smoked paprika, oranze zest, coriander spice of this brew makes it a certain favorite each December. It’s just a little on the bitter side, which is offset nicely by the smooth mouthfeel. This brew ages well--the spice notes get more complex in just few months.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yingwait (61) - Taipei, TAIWAN - JAN 20, 2014
泡沫中等厚實&#

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle from Bestway. 2010 vintage. Pour: Brown/reddish pour. Thin collar of foam. Aroma: Dark fruit spice nose. Taste: A holiday beer. Spice coupled with prunes/raisins. Cinnamon/nutmeg and vanilla tones cascade through this brew. Juniper in the mix perhaps. Reminded me of a light, beery Swedish Glogg that I’ve had on occasion. Overall: Imbibed for experience. A holiday thang only.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2013
2012 bottle - Very dark to nearly black. Almost no head - Aroma malt and spices, a bit smoky - Sweet and some bitterness - Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baz7778 (58) - SCOTLAND - MAY 20, 2012
You think x mas cake when you taste this beer. Malt driven with cinnamon notes. I notice a lingering bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.9
   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...

3.7
   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.


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