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RATINGS: 1957   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.

abemorsten's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abemorsten (3265) - Mosterøy, - NOV 12, 2012
Shared bottle at Cardinal as Anchor Christmas Ale 2011 (and as 2012. Rating is for the 2011 version which was slightly better.) Small dense light brown head on a clear deep mahogany body. Cinnamon, caramel and toasted notes on the nose. Clove and raisins added in the mouth. Light and balanced bitterness. Smooth. Full bodied.
Earlier Rating: 12/13/2009 Total Score: 3.1
2008 edition Pours hazy red brown with a large offwhite head. Flavor is light sweet and sour. Medium bodied. soft carbonation Aroma was unfortunately overshadowed by leftover cleaning agent in the sampling glass. Smelt like artificial like a thawing freezer or dry ice. So this is definitely a candidate for re-rating. (9.12.2009 Bottle @ Cardinal, Onsdag^2)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlandersNed (77) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2015
12oz bottle dated 2014. Finings-laden dark mahogany color, low tan foam. Sweet spice nose. Nutmeg, pine resin, cinnamon, raisin, clove, toasted wood & more notes in the tongue. Full- body and medium+ carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mr_h (3739) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2015
355ml bottle at home, from Appellation Wines, Dalry Road, Edinburgh, spicy, toffee aroma, brown, thin bubbly beige head, no lacing, sweet spicy, malty, viscous

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JohnRMurdoch (3850) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2015
12oz bottle shared with mr_h. Almost black, big foamy head. Leafy treacle aroma. Flavour of cinnamon and other spices. Sour aftertaste. Not my sort of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KW92 (603) - WARSAW, POLAND - JUL 23, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2015 ******************PIWO DEGUSTOWANE PRZED ZAŁOŻENIEM KONTA.(data degustacji: 27.12.2013)******************

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (303) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
2013 Version- Pours a very dark brown mahogany color with a thick tan head on top. Smells of mellow spiced fruit, toffee, molasses, pine resin, and gingerbread. Dry, spiced, somewhat gingerbread-y flavor. A little tart fruit, spruce, bitter chocolate, orange peel, and faint maple. Medium body, creamy texture, with a slickness that sticks to the tongue. Definitely better as it warms up.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TorbenJensen (792) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2015
Light brown lasting foam and a delicate aroma of fig, plum and roasted malt. The taste varies over hard roasted malt, a little hazelnut, fig, dried dark fruit (prune / raisin) candied and dark bitter chocolate. It is without doubt a very delicious ale with clearly Belgian touch. It signals Christmas with large ’C’ and tastes determined by more than 5.5% alcohol as the label says. The bitterness is gentle, yet present, and put a beautiful end to the many flavors that bombards the taste buds to a degree almost become too violent. Now one should not complain when a brewmaster pampers with all its artist, but less hard roasted malt, less heavy fruit hues and easier fullness had also dressed this great ale. Semi-dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (695) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Malt and spices, real pleasing Appearance- A reddish-black with a small off-white head Taste- Once again the malt and spices are present. this time they are in the flavor and they deliver: very nice Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- An excellent version of a winter warmer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (1331) - GREECE - JUL 4, 2015
355ml bottle v2012. Dark brown color with light beige head. Malty aroma, spicy, nutmeg, some cinnamon, dark dried fruits, light chocolate and licorice, caramel. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
furthur (455) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JUN 29, 2015
2014 bottle, deep brown beer, good almond head, good lace. Aroma cinnamon, raisin, molasses, coffee. Taste is cinnamon, rootbeer, coffee, cloves. Palate a little light, but ok, carbonation nicely subdued. This should be mulled, I think, or done as a flip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turtles (617) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2015
355ml bottle from 2014, still available at Systembolaget Söderhallarna. Dark brown with a creamy, compact, tan head. Great aroma, cinnamon, pine, cherry, there are many scents and it is difficult to distinguish them. Smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonated. The taste begins with caramel and spices, cinnamon, prunes. Finish with fresh green pine needles.

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