RATINGS: 2054   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle from Bestway. 2010 vintage. Pour: Brown/reddish pour. Thin collar of foam. Aroma: Dark fruit spice nose. Taste: A holiday beer. Spice coupled with prunes/raisins. Cinnamon/nutmeg and vanilla tones cascade through this brew. Juniper in the mix perhaps. Reminded me of a light, beery Swedish Glogg that Ive had on occasion. Overall: Imbibed for experience. A holiday thang only.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparf (248) - stersund, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2016
rgng 2015. Halvst och aningen alkoholbemngd doft. Julkryddor och kavring, ven en slng av kaffe. Helt svart brygd med ett snabbt avtagande skum som lmnar en snygg hinna. Smaken r mustig och kombinerar kaffe och beska i brjan, drefter kakao, aning vanilj och muskot. Torr avrundning. Frvnansvrt tunn kropp och en vlavvgd kolsyra.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oskitarjarrita (25) - Sabadell, SPAIN - NOV 29, 2016
Botella. Cerveza de navidad. Tostada ligera y algo especiada. No mucho alcohol y fcil de beber.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsooj87 (50) - - NOV 27, 2016
Very good. The nose is so rich, so fruity, so complex. Really smells like a much heavier brew, so an excellent weekday brew. Taste is great as well, but there it reveals the relatively low alcohol a bit. Nonetheless, excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1437) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Bottle (labeled Christmas Ale 2016); pours dark brown with a beige head; aroma of spices, molasses, and malt; taste is sweet with spice, caramel, molasses, and malt; finish is dry with some spice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fules (913) - Gyngys, HUNGARY - SEP 26, 2016
Hatalmas, tarts, barna hab, sttbarna szn. desks, fűszeres illat. Prklt malts, karcsonyi fűszeres, de szerencsre nem vittk tlzsba, egsz j lett. Kzepesen sznsavas, enyhn kesernys, egy picit lehetne testesebb. Knnyed karcsonyi sr, nem rossz, de nem is nyűgztt le.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mario80 (29) - Galicia, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2016
One of my favorite beer! Pours gold colour beer with a medium head. Well-balanced!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mice (845) - FINLAND - AUG 11, 2016
Jouluinen haju, vri syvn tumman ruskea, valkoinen vaahto. Maku hieman vetinen, mutta karvas. Haju makua parempi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartzluke (598) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 24, 2016
12 oz pour into tulip. Dark, opaque, moderate tan head. Nose is spiced, sweet, gingerbread. Palate is creamy and smooth. Taste echos nose with a dry, bitter finish. Maybe a little flat taste, though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alex_leit (2831) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 17, 2016
Bottle. Dark amber color. Aroma: malt, caramel and wine, spices. Similar taste: sweet and spicy, carmel, malt, a little watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1542) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Incredibly soft mouthfeel makes this a delightful brew! Pours nearly black w/ a big foamy tan head w/ spotty lacing. Has some nice Christmasy spices in the aroma that draws you in. The taste carries some of these spices but its a touch thin which kind of waters down the flavor. The light body is actually quite enjoyable tho! Solid beer!

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