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RATINGS: 1896   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2010
2010 version..aroma reminiscent of pumpkin pie with plenty of gingerbread, nutmeg and cinnamon..yumm..very dark brown appearance with slight tan head lacing each sip..delicious flavor mixing pumpkin,gingernread cinnamon nutmeg perhaps caramel..slightly tingly carbonation perfect medium body very drinkable even sessionable at only 5.5 abv..this is my favorite holiday beer and after two years where i really wasnt so jazzed about it this years is excellent really i cant name a more complex or full flavored brew at this abv

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmanock (24) - - APR 8, 2014
about as perfect a beer for me as you could get. especially when aged a few years, this beer is in my top 5. what can i say? the dark fruit and spice of this is awesome. mulled wine and nutmeg aroma with a body that tastes a lot like plum, dark cherry, cinnamon and sugar. just the right bitterness to balance. this beer ages very well and the aging will mellow out the piney bitterness and let more of the dark fruit flavors come through.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2006
This blew me away. The aroma is nothing short of miraculous. I had to look twice to make sure this was a beer. My wife said it is heavy on the plum, but that may be teaberry as others have notted. The balance of holiday spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and the malt sweet overtones are nearly perfect. WOW!!!!!!!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thebeerroom (8) - Brazoria, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2014 does not count
Every year during the holiday season, Anchor Brewing releases their Merry Christmas/Happy New Year seasonal ale. Each year they tweek their recipe and put a different tree on the label. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Beer pours dark brown with a gourgeous, creamy, dark tan, totally retained head. Aroma is sweet malty goodness, with spices, and some kind of tree aroma I am not able to identigy, spruce maybe? The malt flavor of this beverage is one of the deepest and thourough I have had. The flavor is sweet, earthy, with cinnamon, trees in the flavor as well. The elements sound disparate, but the whole is compelling and convincing. Delicous.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2077) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
This is the 2010 íversioní and itís spectacular! Itís seems like a cross between a dopplebock and a Belgain abbey ale. It starts off with a beautiful dark brown pour and a one-inch-thick brown head. The head leaves some really nice lacing around the sides of the glass. The arom is mostly malt-based, with notes of bread, yeast, earth, brown sugar, barley and sweet spices. The body is fairly thick, but very drinkable, especially for this time of year. This beer will definitely warm you up on those cold late fall/winter evenings. The flavors are delicious and keep you coming back for more. I get hints of earth, lightly tosted bread, sweet malts, light chocolate, a little bit of cream, brown sugar, toffee and chocolate. The finish is a little bubbly and thick, but again, that adds to the enjoyment and excitment of this beer. Iím gonna try to keep some of it around until Christmas and New Yearís, but itís gonna be tough not to drink the whole case until then.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerowulf (74) - , Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Served from Magnum bottle. 2008 vintage. Dark brown with 2 finger head. Sweet and roasty taste and a great smooth finish. 2008 was a good year for this one!!!!!!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (1761) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2014 Holiday/Christmas Ale version 2011. It tastes like Christmas, and that is alright with me. 2014: delicious. Tastes strong at first, and the greatest malt aftertaste at the end. 4.5 stars

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LKT1983 (110) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2012
2012 bottle. What a difference in taste from anything else Iíve had lately. Hard to describe the taste from a sample, but I loved it.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WanderinCelt87 (187) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours a lovely black with a tan head. Has a very robust smell of spice and malt. Has an amazing taste of spice and malt.


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