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RATINGS: 2124   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 Ale’s 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.

Editor’s 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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4.5
bpreo (3011) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2014 Holiday/Christmas Ale version 2011. It tastes like Christmas, and that is alright with me. 2014: delicious. Tastes strong at first, and the greatest malt aftertaste at the end. 4.5 stars

4.5
LKT1983 (114) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2012
2012 bottle. What a difference in taste from anything else I’ve had lately. Hard to describe the taste from a sample, but I loved it.

4.5
WanderinCelt87 (197) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Pours a lovely black with a tan head. Has a very robust smell of spice and malt. Has an amazing taste of spice and malt.

4.5
Beeracolyte (55) - Katowice, POLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Piwo kupione w Piwo Regionalne Katowice na Mariackiej. Edycja na 2014 rok. Ciemne piwo z rubinowymi refleksjami. Piana ?adnie budzi szk?o, chocia? jest obecna tylko w postaci kr??ka. Przyprawowowy aromat - go?dziki,cynamon, ga?ka muszkata?owa, any?(chyba) i jaka? mniej s?odka przyprawa. Smak to jeden wielki festiwal przypraw. Jest piernikowy ale same piwo jest wytrawne. Poza przyprawami w tle czu? lekk? ciasteczkowo?? od s?odów. Bardzo z?o?one i bardzo dobre piwo.

4.5
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Malt and spices, real pleasing Appearance- A reddish-black with a small off-white head Taste- Once again the malt and spices are present. this time they are in the flavor and they deliver: very nice Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Overall- An excellent version of a winter warmer

4.5
Cordoba (2) - - JAN 7, 2018 does not count
Anchor Christmas ale fra 2014, drukket januar 2018. Har altså ligget 3 år i kælderen. Vinøs, næsten sherryagtig i næsen, lakrids og blomme. Går igen i smagen, sammen med lidt grannål fra humlen. En dejlig juleøl der ikke er spor klistret eller sød. Flot øl. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2006 this beer is great, I wait all year for it. always forget what it tasted like and every year it’s a little different anyway!! it perfect. Spicy aroma, nutmeg I think- -WOW this is the best I can remmember. HA HA. very good mouthfeel and very nice subtle aftertaste not overpowering but lingering nonetheless

4.4
beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 13, 2005
I always know when the holiday season is here when I spot this beer on the shelves. Has it really been 31 years that they have been making this gem? This Christmas Ale pours a dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon and orange peel. There are other aromas in there as well as some hop aromas but I need a better nose then mine to pick them out. A medium bodied ale. Malts are chocolate and semi sweet. Hops are citrusy. But the spices dominate the flavor with nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peel, chocolate and raisins. Yet with all those spices it has a nice fruity finish. This has all the indication of being an excellent brew this year. Will need to get a couple of 6 packs to age and let mellow. Oh, and this year’s tree is Quercus Agrifolia. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

4.4
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2007
2005 vintage on tap at Belmont Station and also a 2007 magnum pour at Danimal’s 30th birthday party--Poured a deep chestnut-mahogany brown-amber. One or two-fingered off-white head. Spicy, nutty, gingery aroma that proved quite complex. Flavor and palate just as intriguing. Crisp and full bodied. Sweet and dry. Hints of root spices and spruce, fur, or pine needles. One of the best winter beers of all time.

4.4
17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2010 [2006 Bottle - almost 2 years old 10.28.08] Pours a dark thick murky reddish brown with a small thick creamy beige head. Smells like christmas spice cake & eggnog, cinnamon, raisins, tons of nutmeg and a touch of oxidation. Rich flavor, dry nutty caramel malts, touch of coffee, hint of dark molasses, the spices blend seamlessly with the malt and are surprisingly not overpowering. This is a beer to be reckoned with; pecan-pie in a bottle. I love the nutmeg. Faint hint of oxidized hops that give it a brandy like richness, decadent. Medium/full body, lightly chalky/creamy with very smooth fine fluffy carbonation, great mouthful. This is one of the better beers I’ve had in a while. . . . . . . . 8.5.9.5.17 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2009 bottles are quite good!]


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