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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A full-bodied amber ale to spice up the holidays. ‘Tis the season to enjoy this rich and flavorful ale made with orange peel, cloves and spicy hops.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 8, 2009
In the bottle thanks to hurrisnow. Reddish amber with a fast dying white head. Strong orange and clove aroma. I really like this. It has the perfect malt body that does not mask the spices used. This really has as much of a spice profile as the 2008 Anchor OSA. Chunks of things are in the bottom of the bottle. Really outstanding.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2514) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Courtesy beastiefan. Caramel colored, with a really nice palate. Natural feeling carbonation, full with a prickly carbonation, complemented by warming caramel-cookie malts and a tempting citrus orange quality, overall very cookieish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Mega particulate laden pumpkin orange with a slowly degenerating tan pile of foam that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, other assorted spices along with heavy clove and mild pumpkin. Taste is heavily spiced but not too over the top as it comes across as a very drinkable malty concoction. Heavy spice and cloves with with sweet malt and a touch of alcohol. Finishes up spicy and that lingers on for awhile.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2009
12 oz bottle from 12/04/08. Pours a lightly cloudy golden brown with a small off white head. Aroma of light spices, beautiful compared to some of those heavily spiced x-mas ales. Some zesty fruitiness adds freshness and a fruitcake character provides a solid malt backbone. Flavor starts with a nice soft dark fruit profile before picking up some of the clove and light cinnamon character. The flavorful hops come to the forefront in the finish with an earthy and herbal note. Finishes clean and malty, very little bitterness. Medium slightly sticky body and a soft carbonation. Really well done Christmas Ale, I’m sure a year has helped it as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Finhead (1147) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2010
A clear, amber pour with off-white head. The aroma is filled with cloves, spicy hops, and light pumpkin. It has average carbonation and a smooth finish. The full flavor has a mostly sweet taste along with a mixture spices.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear orangish-amber color with a medium frothy head. Fair head retention and lacing. Big orange and clove in the aroma with some caramel and toast and some floral hops. The taste is caramel, toasted malts, citrus, clove, cinnamon, cherries. Faintly bitter hop finish. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer. Christmasy indeed.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewcnelson (13) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Really interesting for a holiday beer. More citrusy than spicey. Very drinkable with lots of lemon peel finish. Not very clove heavy which I find to be a good thing.An easy going amber with the 8.0 ABV riding smoothly underneath.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1049) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a white foam head. Has an aroma of caramel, Belgian spice, nutmeg, clove, and earthiness. Sweet caramel taste with nutmeg and clove. Gentle spice and perfect bitter layer. Similar to its pumpkin ale brethren. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WanderinCelt87 (155) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Pours a lovely amber with a light tan head. Has a soft spice aroma. Has a very heavy nutmeg taste a hint of cinnamon at the end. Leaves a spicy after taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2006
From a 12 oz. bottle with a blurb on the neck label and a bottled on date, Oct.25.06. Poured a filtered clear deep amber with a fluffy, foamy head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing. Christmas gingerbread aromas, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice and small whiffs of alcohol. Good, steady carbonation and a malty crisp, creamy smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Very fresh tasting, once again, gingerbready, clove, cinnamon and all spice, a touch of a candied sour orange, the alcohol flavor makes a brief flash towards the end and has a warming presence that lingers in the palate, and a dry, Christmas spice and caramel malt finish. I thought this had a nice fresh malty taste, a good Christmas seasonal, a good slow, sipping, savoring drinkability.


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