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RATINGS: 1879   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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rickgordon (3845) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown. Spicy menthol nose with hints of lavender and licorice. Light mouthfeel, spicy with lavender. As boring and predictable as last years brew.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Thanks Beer_Hawk!!! Pours a slightly cloudy dark brown color with no head or lacing. Aroma is slightly fruity yet roasty with strong hints of cranberries and spice. Flavor is roasty and bitter and reminds of an old (and very cold) cup of dark black coffee. The only thing that seperates it in the flavor from the old coffee is the slighty spicy/cranberry like flavor. The beer is smooth on the palate but is just to bitter for my liking.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2006
poured a dark brown with almost now head. no carbonation either. Sweet and spicy nose, the flavor was the same. Cloves and nutmeg with hints of coffee. Cerrtainly one of the more unique beers Iíve tried, but this didnít quite sit right with me. Mouthfeel was the worst part. like drinking flat coke.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2008 In short: Very spicy candy-like beer. A bit too much on the cloves and anises for my taste.
How: 2006 12oz bottle. 2007 12oz bottle from dmac621. Thanks Dave
The look: Very dark mahogany body, medium tan head with good lacing.
In long: Aroma is like opening a cherry-tree chest containing a lot of spices (anise, cloves, and more). Taste has too much anise and cloves for my taste. A bit overdone. There was also some cherry pie, cinnamon, woods, grapes, black berries and why not some black forest cake too. All that without being sweet. Fruity and spicy but body lacked malts and hops were nowhere to be seen. This was a strange mix of spices creating the illusion of flavour. Would have scored higher at a tasting session but I found a full bottle to be hard to finish. I like beers that are different but to tell you the truth I think this one is a bit ďout thereĒ. Add to that the esoteric text on the label about the rebirth of life or something like that and youíve got a beer that would be perfect for the annual convention of the Apostles Of The Eternal Life Renewal.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 2006 version, draught. Pours dark ruby brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is mild, mostly of sweet malt and a lot of christmas spices. Flavor is also sweet malt and a lot of christmas spices. A pretty straightforward winter warmer, but I think this is rather overrated---the sweetness tastes a bit artificial, and it really isnít that enjoyable. Not bad per se, but there are many better winter beers.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2006
12oz "and later" bottle. Pours a dark redish brown with a small dissipating head. Aroma starts off really weak so I let the beer sit. Then the spices start peak through, which is nice for the aroma. Some nutmeg, ginger,wood, and cinnemon. Tastes of nutmeg, light toffee, and some off tangy quality that seems like it should be fruity, but itís not. Finishes dry, and even more woody, while the cinnemon lingers in my nose. Cloys badly in the finish, and the beer wasnít even that sweet to deserve such an effect. Without the spice flavors and aromas, thereís nothing going on in this beer at all. This beer reaffirms my experience with Left Handís XXXmas, in that I just donít want these darn spices in my beer.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
webbcreative (111) - , Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2009
2008. Dark Mahogany color. 2 finger light brown head. smells pretty good, Taste...meh...getting a lot of spices. but not much else, malt and hops seem to cancel each other out. This is a good beer, just not that memorable for me. thin mouthfeel and low to no carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
12oz. Pours a cloudy deep red with a one finger dark tan head that has little retention and lacing. Aroma is spice, toffee, apple cider, nutmeg, cinnamon. Taste is spicy, watery, spruce, huge medicinal feel. Lots of cough syrup, Sudafed, Nyquil. Pretty light bodied but syrupy mouthfeel. Sort of gross. Iím surprised that a brewery with as much to live up to as Anchor would actually produce something this bad every year.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
deflagro (106) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2009
Bottle, 2009 vintage. Pours a dark reddish liquid with a large head that disappears quickly. Aroma is fruity and a bit roasted with some sweetness and a hint of shiitake mushrooms. Taste is spicy, a bit acidic and fruity with some weird mushroom note. Not really my cup of tea this year.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (7376) - 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!


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