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RATINGS: 2046   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Byeast (4) - USA - MAR 30, 2007
Appearance: poured very very dark brown , almost black and fairly opaque but with some nice ruby edges , an inch of lasting tan foam sits atop , lots of sliding lace. Smell: The aroma on this beer is so inviting and sooo Christmas-y. Rich , gingerbread / spiced cake maltiness , some chocolate , hint of nutmeg , cinnamon, and allspice , and some evergreen/pine like scent. Taste: Rich and rounded malt flavors of gingerbread , bit of cocoa / chocolate , allspice and cinnamon , some slight berry in a juniper / plum like way, roasty quality , a hint of nutmeg that reminds me of eggnog , lots of evergreen tree character throughout , some more spices and a resinous pine in the finish that bites a bit in the back. Mouthfeel: the natural carbonation is moderate and soft , with a slightly prickly end. Drinkability and notes: Anchor OSA is a must have in my book during the wonderful Christmas season. The flavors in this beer capture my idea of a holiday offering more completly than any other iv’e tried. Its so great that this beer is born anew each year , and the 32nd has not dissapointed. Fagus Sylvatica or the European Beech ( pictured on this years label ) : *Capable of reaching heights of up to 48 m tall and 3m trunk diameter *Typical lifespan of 150 to 200 years, though sometimes up to 300 years *Very popular ornamental tree in parks and large gardens, not only in Europe, but also in North America and New Zealand.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alex_leit (1680) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 17, 2016
Bottle. Dark amber color. Aroma: malt, caramel and wine, spices. Similar taste: sweet and spicy, carmel, malt, a little watery.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1434) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Incredibly soft mouthfeel makes this a delightful brew! Pours nearly black w/ a big foamy tan head w/ spotty lacing. Has some nice Christmasy spices in the aroma that draws you in. The taste carries some of these spices but it’s a touch thin which kind of waters down the flavor. The light body is actually quite enjoyable tho! Solid beer!

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheKernOwl (141) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2016
2014 version. Classy; pretty impressive amount of spices atop a caramel malt nose: allspice, pine, gingerbread, star anise, juniper? Who knows. A “flat coke” signoff. Little thinner than, but reminds me of, Kerkom’s "Winterkoninkske" beer – a good thing. Sweetness is balanced out with a slight bitterness (that sort of light end typical of, say, Porterhouse Brewery). I know this is going to sound very “Waitrose” (up-market UK supermarket), but it does remind of the year Heston Blumenthal did mince pies with pine sugar; maybe it’s the Christmas thing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cagou007 (919) - FRANCE - JUN 1, 2016
Pours deep with medium beige head. Nose is malts and whisky. Aromas are toasted malts, herbal hops, whiskey and woody notes. Low carbonation, medium body. Medium earthy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (8283) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2016
Bottle at desk in work . From beer hawk. A dark black / caramel brown coloured pour with a lasting light tan head. Aroma is liquorice spiced spruce tips, woody nutmeg, brown sugars, christmas spice. Flavour is composed of bitter black liquorice, chared wood, spruce and pine needles, some jammy fruits, apricot. Palate is medium bodied, medium sweet, powdery highish carbonaton, semi drying. Decent for a SHV.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cunningham (6654) - Halden, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2016
Dark nutty color with a fine tan head. Looks nice. Ok intensity in the aroma. Medium (+) body and an average carbonation. Tad sweet and a moderate bitterness. Bready, some spices, fruity and toffee.
[Bottle (as Christmas Ale) from Gundersen]

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coolfunnj (351) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2016
as always wonderful cinnamon nutmeg and gingerbread aroma with a caramel note also..dark brown no light passes thru with tan filmy head and lacing..taste a little more hoppy(pine) than apparent in the nose with the abovementioned cinnamon ginger flavors as well burnt malts and smoke apparent as well surprisingly dry finish..light-medium bodied long dry finish with a coka cola like aftertaste this isn’t my favorite one could use more sweetness and is even slightly harsh,still unusual and tasty though, a hop fan may rate this higher (2015 batch)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (8027) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2016
Bottle from Cocktails, Littleborough. 2013 Christmas Ale version. Dark reddish-brown with a thick frothy head. Includes plenty of dark malt, which is lightly spiced, with hints of roasted malt, but mainly sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
RhetoricalAns (801) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2016
355 mL bottle. Dark brown pour bordering on black. couple fingers of light tan head, large uniform bubbles, reduces to to a thin ring / cap.Interesting aroma, spice, licorice and blueberries. Taste is more caramel and spice with a fairly strong roast bitter finish. Medium to fine carbonation with a thin body. The strong roast finish says sip but palate says gulp, otherwise pretty darn good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
woomThomas12 (175) - Falkenberg, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2016
2015 The beer is dark even black when you pour it. The foam is beige with large bubbles. Smells against some little, and the taste is less than I expected. But the malt is there and some brödighet. The scents here are darker but still a bit tame. A little dark bread, raisins, dark syrup. Find some chocolate, vanilla, caramel, nuts and a little Christmas spices. A little malt and hops dull, maybe some coffee. At first sip, the whole beer a bit smaller than expected, a little more tasteless and dropped character. Is a roasted flavor, the bread will find fairly quickly, with hints of raisins. Are some sweetness by the vanilla, chocolate, caramel, malt. Are some Christmas spices, cardamom, nuts, slabbe coffee. A little more carbon dioxide than I thought with it disappears quickly, a little bitter at the end.


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