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RATINGS: 2050   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

desurfer's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1290) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2012
2011 bottle, rated winter 2012. Deep mahogany body with a small tan head. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. Hoppier than I expected, with caramel malts and winter spices rounding it out. Nice and not too overbearing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fules (826) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - SEP 26, 2016
Hatalmas, tartós, barna hab, sötétbarna szín. Édeskés, fűszeres illat. Pörkölt malátás, karácsonyi fűszeres, de szerencsére nem vitték túlzásba, egész jó lett. Közepesen szénsavas, enyhén kesernyés, egy picit lehetne testesebb. Könnyed karácsonyi sör, nem rossz, de nem is nyűgözött le.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mario80 (29) - Galicia, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2016
One of my favorite beer! Pours gold colour beer with a medium head. Well-balanced!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mice (816) - FINLAND - AUG 11, 2016
Jouluinen haju, väri syvän tumman ruskea, valkoinen vaahto. Maku hieman vetinen, mutta karvas. Haju makua parempi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartzluke (598) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 24, 2016
12 oz pour into tulip. Dark, opaque, moderate tan head. Nose is spiced, sweet, gingerbread. Palate is creamy and smooth. Taste echos nose with a dry, bitter finish. Maybe a little flat taste, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alex_leit (2506) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1508) - 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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheKernOwl (194) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cagou007 (1046) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (9515) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cunningham (7048) - 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]

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