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RATINGS: 2104   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BaroneBirra (456) - Gorizia, ITALY - DEC 11, 2013
2013 version labeled for Europe. Sweet cloves aroma. Lots of Christmas spices in the taste: cloves, cinnamon, orange peel and candy apple. Nice because reminds all the Christmas flavours,but too low with body an alcohol and unbalanced with spices .

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
darrennelson12 (455) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
In bottle (2012); nice beer. Pours a dark brown, very think head ... taste of cocoa and some caramel, and spicy notes coming out as it warms up. Not quite in the class as Belgium Christmas ales but a good beer none the less ... I would buy again for sure

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
climberbob (455) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
2013 bottle. Dark ruby. Different to earlier years w more pronounced spruce or some other similar notes. Good solid Xmas beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This is an ale I look forward to every year. This is dark and malty and perfect in the cold. This is great looking and smells amazing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomTron (452) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Deep reddish brown pour out of the giant bottle, with a sudsy, tan head. Aromas of malt and spices. Flavor is a bit of the same, with some funk mixed in, but nothing too off putting. Damn, this is a big ass bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SvanteL (451) - SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2016
I det nrmaste svart med ljusbrunt, ttt, medelstort skum. Maltig doft med inslag av russin, julkryddor (kardemumma, kryddnejlika) och lite dova apelsintoner. Fyllig maltig smak med torkad frukt (russin, dadlar), lite apelsin och kardemumma och kryddnejlikor, fin stma som balanseras av en lite avslutande beska av riktigt mrk choklad. En suvern jull, smakrik med trevlig kryddighet och fin balans mellan i stman.
Earlier Rating: 12/15/2015 Total Score: 3.5
Mycket mrkt rdbrun med medelstort, beiget skum. Doftar mrk limpa, pomerans, russin och kryddor. Rostad smak, lite choklad och mrk kola, russin, lite kryddor. Doftar vldigt gott men smaken r lite tunnare n frvntat, dock en riktigt trevlig jull.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
two7offsuit (449) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is malt and spice. Taste is thin malt with some spice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Very dark amber pour, rocky cream colored head. Nice lacing. Rather unassuming aroma, some malt, citrus, Thanksgiving and Christmas dessert spices. Flavor is much more standout than the nose. Nice malt and hop citrus and pine up front. Mellows to slightly sweet and the spices. Clean finishing and surprisingly filling. Liked this one a lot, much better than the previous 2 years. Though none of these Christmas ales have been bad.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2010
2010 vintage, nice dark pour, light and fluffy head, dissipates into a nice thing lacing, spice combination is excellent, dark beer characteristics, nice malts, also detecting hops, and a fruity (cherry?) flavor as well. Basically a bunch of great flavors and sensations, put together into a beer that flows well, and surprisingly everything fits together like it belongs. Excellent holiday beer, rivaling the best for me. Surprising drinkability as well, I am adding this to my annual buy list.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kanaclane (447) - - JAN 1, 2016
Nez: Malt fum, chocolat, cannelle Bouche: Chocolat, fume, fruits noirs, cannelle, pice Rien de transcendant mais elle est vraiment trs agrable.


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