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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
000pete1983 (6) - New York, USA - DEC 9, 2011 does not count
Dark black in color with ruby tinges at the edge of the glass. Nice malty nose. On the palate; mint and pine needles. Minty finish lasts a loooong time. Not my style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwelldeux (3542) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a smallish white head. I actually get very little nose on this beer. Slight bit of Christmasy spices, but not a lot. Iím getting some strong roasted notes with just a hint of spices in the taste. Very strong flavored.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Murrow (69) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Bottled, 2012. Pours ruby brown with generous beige head. Aromas of pine and clove, with small hint of fruit. Cinnamon and clove flavors up front, developing into some caramel malt. Finish is pine and quite dry, with a lingering medicinal quality. Medium mouthfeel, bit too much carbonation. Iím not very familiar with this style, so itís difficult for me to compare it well, but this beer doesnít suit my taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gururyan (597) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 29, 2012
This is the 2012 vintage, pours a dark chocolate brown with a soapy yet nutty aroma. Taste is peculiar and like a spiced nutmeg. Canít say Iím a big fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 11, 2012
d that mostly settles off. Aroma is like a spiced roasted lager. Tastes the same way with some vegetable and rd apple notes. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gerbeer (1724) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2012
355 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium tan head. Aromas of molasses, malt, spice, and raisins. Flavors of burnt gingerbread, all spice, and tobacco. Thin.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1590) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2013
a decent holiday brew, with a nice malt/hop balance like an amber almost, and a nice bit of spice in the background. not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Mild vegetable quality, gingerbread quality, musty, clove vibe but ultimately a bit thin and slightly watery, dank. Not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (7757) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 11/6/2006
330 ml bottle at Haket, GŲteborg.
2006 Christmas ale.
Ruby red color, tan head. Spicy clove scent. Taste is clove and lots of spicy malts. Low bitterness.

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UPDATED 11/19/2006
Vinous a bit minty, strong sugary smell. Deep ruby red color, tan head. A bit fruity taste, thin and boring, vinous. No bitterness. Just plain too boring.

On tap as part of a flight at Brewerís Tasting Room, St. Pete, FL, on January 22, 2014.
Clear very dark red color, light brown head. Sweet, spicy taste. Tart, dry aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel, low bitterness. Sweet scent, a bit spicy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2006
The spicing rates have dropped tremendously since the last time I had OSA, which was about two years ago. The nose has a bit of spruce that comes to life as the beer warms. The palate is nice and dry with a moderate amount of pine. This is a style that I donít think too much of.

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