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RATINGS: 1825   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 Aleís 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.

Editorís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (6663) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2010
355 ml bottle. 2010. Finland.
Dark reddish brown colour with small creamy tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, toffee and hops in quite tempting aroma. Flavour is a dab more harsh with darkish hops, roasted malt, chocolate, spices and coffee. Rather wintery.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (6661) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2010
2010 edition on tap at the Euston Tap. Colour; dark ruby with bubbly beige head. Nose; GINGER, sweetness, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste; bitter, dominant ginger, warming sweetness, nutmeg, pumpkin and currants. Too thin and weak for a christmas beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6645) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2011 2007 vintage. Clear deep copper with a light brown gense foamy head showing excellent retention and strong early lacing. Very intriguing spicy aroma. Not the usual spice, this is more like mace and bergamot with a little ginger and licorice. Also some cedar mulch aroma. Very interesting! Same spice-dominated palate overlying some nice crystal malt with flavours of orange rind, clove, ginger. Smooth and medium bodied with a surprisingly bitter finish, ending with a tartness that reminds of a good California common style. In fact, that is what this is like in a nutshell-- a very spiced-up, well-made California common. Unique and delicious and perfect for the season!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6624) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2008
Thanks to super Dave, the cellar king of FL for bringing these rare offerings. Got to try the 2005 and 2006 versions. Both of them pour brownish with light tan - beige head, 05 had a more lingering lacing on the glass. Aroma was a little more in the favor of the 05 version with a more nutty nose vs. a piny approach for the 06. 05 offers a more gingerbread taste with spices, smooth and light caramel. 06 has more light chocolate notes and caramel with molasses. with attenuated cinnamon touch. Overall bot are very enjoyable beres that have aged well. Score goes to the 05 version.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6595) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Bottle shared by someone at the 2010 Winter Solstice. Poured a hazy brown with a yellowish brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was full of holiday spices with a dark grain note as well. There spices seemed to be mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor was similar with the same holiday spices joined by some dark fruits and grains with a the spice really coming out in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2008
Mini growler of the 2008 offering, from Half-Time. Pours a clear but almost ruby black color with very little of what appears to be a dark tan head. Ample spice and possibly cherries on the nose with a good deal of sweetness, almost caramel like. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but thereís a nice smoked note that comes forward. Finish has just a touch of bitterness and hint more smoke. Body could be thicker, but overall a rather tasty beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (6453) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 7, 2007
rbesg06, bottle at plain kitchen. deep brown with a beige head. aroma of rumíníraisin, licorice and cherry syrup. a bit on the thin side, some brown sugar, chocolate, sweetbread, quite alright but not as complex as expected

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6421) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 17, 2006
This dark brown ale poured with a nice tan head. The flavor is very malty with a spicy finish. This yearís brew seems maltier and less spicy than most of the previous years.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 23, 2006
Botlle.2006. Pours as deep ruby red ale with reddish-copper fine top. Aroma very Christmas like, ginger, nutmeg, light hint of vanilla and perhaps juniper? Medium bodied, smooth soft texture. Above mentioned aroma blended with brown sugar and cookie dough. Late chewy finish with green and herbal hop charcter.There is a lot of ingredients here. Christmas beer indeed. Highly recommended for that night, celebrate with pleasure.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2009 2005 Bottle Consumed 12/2/2005Pours dark brown with a generous tan head that takes a long time to subside. Smells of coffee, chocolate and Christmas spices. Taste is of chocolate, coffee, some mellow spicey notes. Very subdued and much less potent than many previous offerings. Somewhat watery and dissapointing finish.

2006 Bottle Consumed 11/13/06: Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cookie dough, some earthy hops and sweet malt. Tastes of earthy hops, cloves, nutmeg, some fruit. Finish is lightly tarte but pleasant. Mouthfeel is tingly and slightly metallic.

2007 Bottle Consumed 11/13/07: Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of cookie dough, coffee, pepper, some nice cinnamon hints. Tastes of cherries, chocolate, earthy, some coffee, touches of spice. Mouthfeel is full with a nice earthy finish.
App: 3/5 Sm: 8/10 Ta: 8/10 Pa: 3/5 Ov: 16/20

2008 bottle consumed 11/11/08: Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of chocolate, roasted nuts, some spices. Tastes chocolatey and rich on the malt profile. Nice nutty finish. Iíd like some tartness, but otherwise this is the richest itís been in many years.
App: 4/5 Sm: 8 Ta: 8 Pa:4 Ov: 16/20

2009 bottle consumed 12/21/09: Pours brown with a slight reddish tinge and a nice tan head. Smells of earth, nutty, some cinnamon hints, chocolate, some hints of dark fruit, some nutmeg, clove. Tastes of chocolate, rich spice, molasses, some gingerbread, some cherry hints. Full mouthfeel and a slight clover hint on the finish.
App: 8/10 Sm: 8 Ta: 8 Pa: 4 Ov: 16


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