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RATINGS: 2079   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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3.3
littlefelix (29) - Santa Clarita, California, USA - APR 23, 2007
2006 as well. This was a very complex beer. I enjoyed it, but cannot drink to many. Almost a barleywine in flavor, just not as strong %-wise. You can really taste the raisen/prune/veggie flavors in there. Thick and slow drinking.

2.6
blinesam (235) - USA - APR 21, 2007
2006 edition. 12oz bottle. Mediciney, too many flavors and spices to be a good beer. would probably be a better just to smell it and drink another beer.

3.2
BREWMUSKCLES (2721) - New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2007
starts out with a cherry cough medicine and quickly a brandy feel comes in to class it up. then a banana nut kind of caramel comes in (how dare you sir) and somehow it all works out. probably because it’s christmas time and you have awoken our pleasant memories. tinge of bitter and pale ale needles of pine quickly run thru the mild astringent tight bubble wash. 2006 aaahhh a good year

3.6
gunnfryd (15103) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 15, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is roasted, caramel, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, cardamom, spices, roasted. Nice beer.

3.5
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2007
Heavy malt and lots of spices in the aroma.Pours black with a medium tan head.Got some roasted malt and spices in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a bit of a roasted finish.

4.2
yngwie (17109) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2008 Bottle, 2005 vintage. Clear, brown body with a beige head leaving lacings. Beef-stock, christmas spices, malt and dried fruits in the aroma. The flavor has cloves, cardamom and beef-stock. A full-bodied beer with a spiced finish. A lovely Christmas beer. Rating: 7-4-7-4-15-3.7. (070331)

Bottle, 2007 vintage. It pours a beautiful clear, dark brown body with a reddish hue. Thick, creamy beige head on top, with good retention and leaving nice lacings. The aroma needs a little aeration to be really good I think, but then it gives cinnamon, cloves, some ginger, dried fruits, some chocolate and leather, a tiny alcohol note (), chocolate, roasted malt and a touch of metal. So tender on the nose, and so packed with different aromas. There’s also a little earthy note. The surprising touch of alcohol from the aroma is present in the flavor too, in fact it’s even more evident, but considering it’s a beer for the darkest days of the year, it’s only appropriate and pleasant. It’s velvely and next-to full-bodied, with a quite sweet backbone, some bitterness towards the end, and all the good from the aroma is present in the mouth as well. Spices, fruit, chocolate and so on, it’s all there. Even the little metallic touch, but that’s only showing itselves in the finish, and it’s quite weak and undisturbing. There’s also a weak touch oxidation, or at least some earthy, cellary notes, but to me that’s just nice. At least in this way. It’s not a beer giving me the perfect Christmas feeling, but it’s sure a lovely beer. Well suited for the long, dark nights of winter, and still smooth and refreshing enough to go well on a late summer night. Lovely. (080624)

2.7
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a tan head. Spicy aroma with clove & chocolate. Sourish spicy flavour with a light bitterness.

3.5
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - APR 6, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, pepper, and yeast./bubblegum. Flavor is mostly of roasted chocolate and bubblegum. Bitter finish.

3.6
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 Grabbed the 2006 on discount. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a short tan head. Rich, chocolate taste with some spices that add some grit. Ends with a pronounced bitter. Some burnt molasses taste in there as well. The full flavor makes it worth seeking out next season. I had this six one-beer-a-sitting. Its great beer but a bit heavy to drink back to back. 2007. was somewhat disappointed with this years OSA. tastes overwhelmingly vegetal. sweet spices, like cinnamon, are more apparent. the burnt molasses and chocolate flavors are gone. bummer.

3.5
faroeviking (11026) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - APR 4, 2007
Bottle. Cloves, nutmeg, caramel, cinnamon, dark fruits malt, this beer has plenty of it all. Nice dark red-brown colour to it. Great brew for Christmas or any time.


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