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RATINGS: 1886   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 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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (882) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
2012 bottle. Pours a dark amber-brown with a small cream head that fades to lacing. Huge aroma, lots of malt, burnt toast, spices, wood, pine, grass. Taste has a lot of burnt toasted malt, pine, spices, cinnamon, squash. Lingering spiced burnt pine. Nice.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjorsvdg (93) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
Een volle, zoetige en kruidige geur en dito smaak. Duidelijke aanwezigheid van hop. Ideaal om mee te stoven, maar vooral om te drinken. (2014-versie.)

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
propsync (18) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2014
2010 Version on tap at Roman's Pub. Foamy pour, but what was left didn't last long. Dark brown color, muted smells of dark fruit. Taste follows along, a lot of plum flavor. That original hop presence is gone, and the finish is dry. After 4 years, it mellowed significantly. Very enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crispy34 (416) - Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2014
2014 draft. Aroma is spice with some darker malt. Appearance is a very dark brown with a lasting tan head. Taste is very earthy malt with the spice coming through. Palate is spicy. Overall, a solid beer. Well done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1341) - Arizona, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Ruby brown with excellent frothy light brown head. Earthy. Mild bitter. Fair roasty. Very modestly spiced. Dry. Interesting

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2597) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
(Anchor Our Special Ale (2005 and later)) Bottle 355 ml at home, 2014 vintage, served into a snifter, ABV 5.5% Deep brown red colour on the body with a tall and thick tan head, with good retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices, sugar, light caramel. Sweet taste with caramel, spices on the finish, toffee and a long bitter aftertaste. Medium body with soft carbonation and a slightly sticky palate. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (1459) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2014
Ruby with a cream head. Nice sweet fruity aroma. The taste is caramel with bitter fruitiness. Some toffee and mixed spice. Tasty stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (4973) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Tap at The Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Poured a reddish brown with a frothy white head and some broken lace. The aroma is rich spicy over ripe red berry fruit. The flavour is moderate bitter sweet with a light veggie mineral light fruit palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer_est_deus (747) - örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2014
Anchor Christmas Ale -- Mörkt orange-brun med ett orange-latte färgat skum. Doft: Bränd hallon sylt, körsbärs godis, honung, sött bröd, kryddor. Smak: Kryddor, jäst, lager, damm, malt, gammalt godis med frukt smak, lite avslagen Fanta, ginger ale, kardemumma.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Baramba (205) - ITALY - DEC 18, 2014
355 ml bottle. Dark amber with small off-white head disappearing very fast. Aroma and flavour of spices, yeast, raisin, gingerbread.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Werckmeister (77) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 18, 2014
On tap at Hawidere. black color, good, compact long lasting head. smells like vegetables and spices, cloves and pumpkin. medium body, aromatic spicy, tastes of pumpkin, light sweetness / light to medium bitterness, which seems to come both from hops and malts. the combination of sweet and bitterness with the spices doesnt work for me at all. too weird for me.


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