RATINGS: 2053   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 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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Maybe the best feature of this beer is the aroma, which smacks of black cherries. Pours with a fantastic thick head that lasts, and a great reddish, chestnut color. The taste is somewhat on the dry side for me, and it is mostly clean malt with a some interesting but I think too subtle background complexities along the lines of cherries and a hint of dark chocolate. Overall, I like it, but there are so many winter ales that I like much more, so this one will likely not be in my fridge again.


3
   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.

4.2
   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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1436) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fules (912) - 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.

3.6
   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!

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mice (842) - FINLAND - AUG 11, 2016
Jouluinen haju, vri syvn tumman ruskea, valkoinen vaahto. Maku hieman vetinen, mutta karvas. Haju makua parempi.

3.8
   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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alex_leit (2830) - 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.

3.6
   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!

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheKernOwl (203) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2016
2014 version. Classy; pretty impressive amount of spices atop a caramel malt nose: allspice, pine, gingerbread, star anise, juniper? Who knows. A flat coke signoff. Little thinner than, but reminds me of, Kerkoms "Winterkoninkske" beer a good thing. Sweetness is balanced out with a slight bitterness (that sort of light end typical of, say, Porterhouse Brewery). I know this is going to sound very Waitrose (up-market UK supermarket), but it does remind of the year Heston Blumenthal did mince pies with pine sugar; maybe its the Christmas thing.


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