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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (4335) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer_est_deus (1258) - rebro, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2014
Anchor Christmas Ale -- Mrkt orange-brun med ett orange-latte frgat skum. Doft: Brnd hallon sylt, krsbrs godis, honung, stt brd, kryddor. Smak: Kryddor, jst, lager, damm, malt, gammalt godis med frukt smak, lite avslagen Fanta, ginger ale, kardemumma.

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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roger60 (215) - - DEC 26, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2016 Flaska SB Mnsters. Sequioa fantastiska trd har en liten i trdgrden. Luktar som efter ett regn i Kings canyon and Sequoia nat park. Blir inte ltt att vara objektiv hr...Riktig riktigt jull. Inte karamellmalt mm Funkar ej med choklad och osten fr vila sig. Vinner p att inte vara under 10 c. +3 p fr etiketten. Finns inga skogar att jmfra med.... 2016 (2015 som ocks dracks var 2014 pga SB-misstag). Nvl knns lite beskare n vanligt. Men vlbalanserad. ndrar inte betyget.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkska101 (1948) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
12 onz Bottle thx Heather and frank A: red fruits, dark caramel, licorice, brown sugar, minty/cinnamon app: dark brown beige head and excellent lacing t/p: med body with moderate long bitter finish. O: OK. Interesting aroma lacking some body/mouthfeel. I guess I prefer bigger Xmas beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (3263) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
355ml bottle at home. Somewhat reddish pale dark brown with a medium off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Quite bitter with some sweet tones. Malts, clove, caramel, brown sugar, some chocolate and red fruits. A decent winter brew.

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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (2678) - - MAR 2, 2015
Toffee, gingerbread, licorice, hints of alcohol, bitter coffee finish. Does have most qualities of a classic xmas brew, but somehow a bit unbalanced, specially by Anchor standards.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (1147) - Bavaria, GERMANY - APR 22, 2015
2014 version. On draft and the 2 L bottle. Dark brown with one finger head. Aroma of pine, spices (nut meg). Really well done and different from the more cinnamon christmas beers.


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