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RATINGS: 2050   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Perfect. I have had every year since I can remember. Usually in bottle and on tap. Also -- at Stuffed Sandwiches in CA you can usually try different years (aged) side by side. Wish I had it everyday.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doublebock (554) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Ruby color, solid dark head that actually sparkles. Starts with a sweetness that carries the flavor of ginger and orange peel Feels like a piece of candy in the mouth. Ends with a perfect transition to fresh hoppiness. Whoever said beer should be made from only 4 ingredients never tasted this beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Like a Christmas present from a loved one, this bottle appears near Christmas wrapped in brown glass and decorative label. What’s inside? Will it be light or dark? Rich or dry? Spiced... but what? And then you pop the bow-cap off the top and pour it into a glass. Dark brown and spicy, the 2010 bottle reveals is it’s own Christmas miracle. Angels sing their ’Gloria’ announcing the birth of Jesus the Christ, come to redeem the world from sin, while the brewers at Anchor take their part in the redemption of Christmas Ales.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jantonius (8) - USA - JAN 1, 2013 does not count
Anchor Christmas 2012 (Our Special Ale) is the best I have had in 5-7 years. The ale had hints of Juniper and Sasparilla, I love Anchor’s line of ales, they keep the classics consistent and have come out with some nice limited releases.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (4000) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 1, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 2011 Vintage. Wspaniałe piwo rocznikowe, świąteczne z dedykacją wesołych świąt od Anchor Brewing. Zapach intensywny: żywiczny, kamforowy, iglaki i inne zielone liście, szyszki, a wszystko to bardzo wyczuwalne i mocno pachnące. Smak to te same wrażenia jak zapachowe, jakby sok z iglaków (tuja, cisy i nawet jodła) mieszają się z olejkiem kamforowym. Piwo wspaniale rozgrzewa jak syrop cebulowy na kaszel. Kolor piany ciemno żółty, trwały i mocny, a piwo brązowo bordowe z głębokim brązem i refleksami czerwonymi od czasu do czasu. Piwo jest głębokie i pełne, sycące i cudowne. W sam raz na święta i choć wypite sporo po świętach to czułem się jakby trwały nieustannie dzięki temu piwu. Polecam tego sezonowego klasyka. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
b7j0c (10) - USA - NOV 20, 2005
I really look forward to this release, and 2005 is no exception. Pours dark, nearly opaque with a beige head that diffuses quickly. Full body and spicy. One of my favorite beers.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 14, 2006
A Christmas/Winter classic. The season just would not be the same without this beer. I’ve been drinking this beer every Christmas/Winter since 1991, and the 2005 version, is another excellent vintage. Spiced beers in general, have its share of critics, some believe spice has no place in beer. I disagree. Anchor OSA remains the one of the best spiced beers on the market today. OSA 05 pours to a beautiful, deep brown color, with a thick, creamy, tan head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful, with lots of spicy aromas of orange peel, citron, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. The palate is firm with lots of good dark, chocolate, sweet, and mild roasted malt flavor, paried with some candied citron, and orange flavor that glides on the tongue. OSA 05 finishes with more of those complex malty and spicy flavors up front, then ends with some citrus hop bitterness, and some spicy cinnamon and nutmeg spice that linger. A perfect Christmas beer, and an outstanding winter warmer. Sip and savor this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopsaddict (6) - USA - AUG 16, 2007 does not count
This beer brought back fond holiday memories with its nutmeg and vanilla rich nose/taste. Its has a regal appearance in a glass -- not the darkest beer, but the dark, thick head is certainly intriguing. Much lace is left on the inside of the glass. I recommend letting it warm up some from fridge temperature as the alcohol gives a warm, cheery compliment to the flavor as you reach the end of the beer and it has warmed up some.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
closey22 (1663) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
A beautiful rich looking, clear brown that shimmers burgundy red when held up to the Christmas tree lights:) Has a lasting lively and thick tan head that laces the glass. Aroma is unique, it is very sprucy(how appropriate!) with a hint of roasted malt(smoky chocolate). Flavor is of toasty malt and spruce and finishes long and dry with hints of smoky roasted malt. It feels foamy/creamy but not overly so. This is the best brew they’ve made for Christmas/New Year in recent years.

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