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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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jriggz7 (117) - Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Dark brown slight ruby color. Nose of spice, and pine. Taste gingerbread cookies, figs, cinamon. Tasty christmas ale.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DoubleEh (12) - - DEC 18, 2012
Bit strange. Pours a nice clear dark brown with a big frothy head that lingers. Lots of spice in the nose .... Nutmeg maybe? Taste follows suit with a good dose of Xmas spice upfront. Bit of sweet malt underneath. Reminded me a bit of gingerbread. Little bit of piney hops to finish it off. Remarkably light in body, surprisingly so. Overall a bit of an enigma for me .... Not sure if I love it or hate it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Bish (1123) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2012
Dry. I should be asleep. Lemsip. Day Nurse. Tissues. Runny nose. Big girls blouse.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElDesmadre (3626) - Mikołw, POLAND - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Malty, fruity and spicy aroma. Prunes, raisins, nutmeg, licorice, allspice, some cinnamon, caramel and walnut. Slightly gingerbready, also somewhat reminiscent to a dark bock in part. Taste is light tart and chocolatey, continuing to a light bitter, gingerbready, nutty finish with notes of licorice, coffee and roasted malt. Body is light to medium but still a brew suitable for Christmas. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kapusil (1349) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 28, 2013
On tap. Dark brown body, beige head. Aroma of nutmeg, chocolate and ginger. Flavor of chocolate and honey gingerbread cookie. Not bad, but nothing extra.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Piney taste almost like drinking a Christmas tree. Cinnamon, clove and nutmeg flavors. It's ok but it's so intense that I can't have more than one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2013
2012 bottle - Very dark to nearly black. Almost no head - Aroma malt and spices, a bit smoky - Sweet and some bitterness - Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (4347) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday Tasting. 2013 vintage. Pours a hazy brown beer with a medium sized, off white head on top. Aroma of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardemon and loads of other spices. Really Christmassy... Flavor is again very herbal with sweet touches of roasted malts and cardemon. Some citrus peel in there as well. Spice bomb. Short and herbal aftertaste. Decent beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MattiasA (862) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2014
Backlog, tried bottles the last couple of years, the conclusion is that its generally a little too spicy for my taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2014
This special ale is easy drinking. Merry Christmas happy new year 2014. If I drink a few more of these it it'll make for a very happy night even though Christmas is a little ways away still. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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