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RATINGS: 2108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
pintbypint (3634) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
355ml brown bottle. 2007 bottling. Deep red brown colour. Sizeable thick creamy head, light beige in colour. Leaves modest lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, a bit floral with traces of maple, spice and spruce (?). Toffeeish malt flavour with some roast malt, dark chocolate, a bit woody. Light roast malts, dark chocolate iand mild hops in the aftertaste. Nice winter ale.

3.8
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2007
355 ml bottle. 2007. Dark brown/reddish color. Ligth brown head. For a «low-alcohol» it is very balanced and complex. Darek fruits, caramell, spices

3.4
cryfreedmb (113) - Ocean, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle. Nice deep red pour with a 1 inch think light brown head. Pour looks great. Aroma is of malt and multiple spices. Flavor is of malt, toffee and then an array of spicies. Slightly bitter at the end. Nice brew. A beer that is great around the Holiday’s. Not something to drink alot of or at any other time of the year.

3.5
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Dark brown pour with big head. The aroma and flavor were both dominated by ... rose. Spicy flavor.

4
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Spicy, robust, opaque, well balanced, slighty hoppy in the back of the throat, delicious with fondue or simply alone. A great American Christmas beer!!!

4.9
monkeyman (57) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2007
October 2006 bottling date; from my recall; all consumed 12-06: Can there be anything better? This is the most incredible/accessible spiced libation each and every year since 1997 (in my humble experience). Just a stunning example of the brilliance of Anchor. Methinks the Belgiums be losin’ their luster... jus’ like the Yankees...

4.1
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2007 from the bottle: produces a nice, thick head that consists of many micro bubbles; has a nice spicy smell and a very light and spicy, but pleasant aftertaste that hangs around for about 30 seconds. I think this is a very pleasing holiday brew.

4.3
troopie (2339) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Looked ike a good jar of stout dark brown with much lacing Sweet floral aroma of rose and tulips. Malty body with notes of espresso coffee, chocolate and toast. More flowers. LIngering floral finish. My first comment was "It’s like drinking flowers."

2.9
hiddenvariable (211) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2007
2007, on tap at d’s. poured a clearish dark brown, with a thin tan head. huge spicy nose, with lots of nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and anise. more of that in the flavor, with the anise and nutmeg overpowering the light sprucey hop notes and the caramel malts. a touch sweet on the finish, with the spices again dominating everything. medium bodied, and a good carbonation. i don’t like anise, and after a while that was all i could taste. i don’t like this style, but for some reason i keep trying.

3
phobos1031 (87) - Paradise, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2007
12oz bottle...like drinking a Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas ham in a bottle. very spicy and fulla hops, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pine tree. good for standinging line in the butt ass cold before you go to a Dead show while you’re frying on acid.


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