RATINGS: 2068   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 Ales 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.

Editors 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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaghana (5703) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - DEC 4, 2015
Bottle 33cl, a dark beer with good head. Nose is on toasted malt and toasted caramel, spices. Aroma is on dark caramel, licorice, burnt caramel, anise, toffee, dark lager notes, nutty, burnt spices, good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MMR (703) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 3, 2015
Spicy ale which aroma hints towards amber ales. It pours a dark glass and is rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
alteregoo (1149) - POLAND - DEC 2, 2015
Wersja 2014. Piana kremowa, drobna i trwała, ładny lejsing. Barwa mahoniowa, klarowna. Aromat słodki, głwnie karmel, suszone owoce, mid i cukierki werthers original na rwnym poziomie. W smaku wbrew pozorom nie jest słodko, raczej pł słodko - na podstawie z karmelu i toffi czuć anyż, koper włoski, przyprawy korzenne, kandyzowane owoce, syrop klonowy... Goryczki i alkoholu brak. Nagazowanie nieco poniżej średniego. Dość wodniste w odczuciu. Zbyt lekkie, zbyt rzadkie, jak na taką ilość przypraw, piwo bożonarodzeniowe. Brakuje tu słodyczy, gęstości i mocy... Dodatkowo anyż i toffi w połączeniu nie wypadają najlepiej.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrjez (539) - Osaka, JAPAN - DEC 2, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2016 Updated for 2016 bottle. Pours a dark olive brown with a low light tan head, good lacing. Spicy nose of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg matched by sweet doughy malt, a hint of anise. Lovely balanced flavour from front to back of cookie dough and spices. Nothing is fighting and it stays full, much improved over last year which was over-spiced and watery at the backend. Medium feel and very smooth over the palate. Gentle and excellent.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kingaugusta (259) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2015
dark brown with a quick off white head. nose is weak and slightly spiced with a touch of brown sugar. flavor is basically a generic brown ale with a pinch of nutmeg and a little spicing. short finish. not very impressive in any way

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sjogro (3188) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2015
2013. Bottle from Van Alsem. 2013. Lots of spices, piney, coffee, cocoa. A bit watery and bitter. Backlog from 2014/03/11.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UXO (1653) - CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
Appearance: nearly solid black with only faint ruby highlights, one finger of rocky tan head, good retention and spotty lacing. (3/5) Aroma: toffee, molasses, coffee, dark chocolate and fruits, spices, woody spruce. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium-full slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, lingering slightly sticky finish. (4/5) Definitely an interesting winter warmer style of brew. Lots of traditional midwinter spices and dark, molasses-y malt give it a lot of the fruitcake in a glass character I like to see in these ales. Theres more than a hint of spruce, which makes me think they might actually incorporate spruce tips into the brew, but its not overwhelming or medicinal. (14/20)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Bottle 2015. Pours black with ruby highlights and small tan head. Nose is maple, vanilla and nutmeg. Taste adds some dark fruit. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2834) - ngelholm, SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2015
Beer tasting @ Havregatan 151120. Bottle (355 ml) from Kihoskh, Copenhagen. [ Vintage 2006 ]. Malty and caramely with lots of dried fruits, woody with spicy and some light liquorice notes, medium sweet and a bit flat, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and woody with dried fruits.

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