RATINGS: 2054   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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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Byeast (4) - USA - MAR 30, 2007
Appearance: poured very very dark brown , almost black and fairly opaque but with some nice ruby edges , an inch of lasting tan foam sits atop , lots of sliding lace. Smell: The aroma on this beer is so inviting and sooo Christmas-y. Rich , gingerbread / spiced cake maltiness , some chocolate , hint of nutmeg , cinnamon, and allspice , and some evergreen/pine like scent. Taste: Rich and rounded malt flavors of gingerbread , bit of cocoa / chocolate , allspice and cinnamon , some slight berry in a juniper / plum like way, roasty quality , a hint of nutmeg that reminds me of eggnog , lots of evergreen tree character throughout , some more spices and a resinous pine in the finish that bites a bit in the back. Mouthfeel: the natural carbonation is moderate and soft , with a slightly prickly end. Drinkability and notes: Anchor OSA is a must have in my book during the wonderful Christmas season. The flavors in this beer capture my idea of a holiday offering more completly than any other ive tried. Its so great that this beer is born anew each year , and the 32nd has not dissapointed. Fagus Sylvatica or the European Beech ( pictured on this years label ) : *Capable of reaching heights of up to 48 m tall and 3m trunk diameter *Typical lifespan of 150 to 200 years, though sometimes up to 300 years *Very popular ornamental tree in parks and large gardens, not only in Europe, but also in North America and New Zealand.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparf (248) - stersund, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2016
rgng 2015. Halvst och aningen alkoholbemngd doft. Julkryddor och kavring, ven en slng av kaffe. Helt svart brygd med ett snabbt avtagande skum som lmnar en snygg hinna. Smaken r mustig och kombinerar kaffe och beska i brjan, drefter kakao, aning vanilj och muskot. Torr avrundning. Frvnansvrt tunn kropp och en vlavvgd kolsyra.

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 (1437) - 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 (913) - 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 (844) - 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!


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