RATINGS: 1150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 6   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Each year, when people are starting to unpack their winter clothes and replenish their firewood, our tiny brewery in the coastal redwoods of Northern California makes seasonal preparations of a different kind. As the cold arrives, we release a unique beverage created to add warmth to even the coldest and darkest of winters days. Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale begins with a very high original gravity to create a hearty and spicy brew with a deep amber hue and a smooth finish. Anderson Valley Brewing Company wishes you the very best for the holiday season and the New Year.

MALTS:
Pale Two-Row, Crystal (40L and 80L), Munich (20L)

HOPS:
Northern Brewer, Liberty

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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chudwick (3000) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - NOV 18, 2012
12oz bottle - pours copper with offwhite head and thin lacing. Oddly odorless and confirmed by my wife. Flavor is chocolate, caramel and bread. Sweet and not spicy. Medium body. My favorite so far for the style because it doesnt taste like the spice rack fell in during the bottling process.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madnorwegian (195) - FRANCE - FEB 10, 2017
Not a fan. One dimensional. Just sicky sweet malt. Barely any head. Dont know how this beer is in the 85th percentile.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2017
This beer has a nice spicy sweetness to it that reminds me of a cider. Its not so sweet that it loses its beer taste, but its got notes closer to honey than I usually find in a winter ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
roldano (120) - - JAN 18, 2017
Espuma color crema que permanece, color mbar, aprecindose el brotar constante de finas burbujas, aroma dulce en nariz, el sabor es fresco y dulce en inicio con notas especiadas y regusto permanente.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
llucmaduell (211) - barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 16, 2017
A beer curious, usually untested American beers. I leverage oportunitat.Una cerevsa correct, with good taste in the mouth, smell worked well

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jybi (175) - FRANCE - JAN 11, 2017
Cette Winter Valley de la brasserie Anderson Valley est une vritable bire dhiver, une bire toute chaleur et trs suave. Le titrage alcoolique de 6.9 % Abv est malheureusement insuffisant pour tirer le meilleur des armes prsents et laisse senfoncer la bire sur un final par trop sucr. Il en reste une bire agrable prsentant des notes herbaces intressantes. Ltiquette est dailleurs bien trouve, car cest limpression de nature hivernale qui prdomine lors de la dgustation. En verre, le Winre Valley est trs convenable avec une robe ambre surmonte dune mousse blanc crme de 1 cm retombant trs vite pour napper tout juste la bire. Les bulles sont relativement fines avec une effervescence moyennement marque. Le nez se porte sur la caramel, la figue (gteaux figolu!) et le pruneau. Lensemble est agrable. Lattaque est peu marque, trs douce sur le caramel et les fruits jaunes. Lamertume qui sen suit nest pas trs intense (IBU de 6), mais bien prsente sur des armes trs herbaces, voire mentholes (utilisation dhoublon de type Northern Brewer notamment). Lensemble est bien quilibr avec une arrire bouche suave sur le caramel et les fruits jaunes, mais le faible titrage alcoolique ne permet absolument pas une envole des saveurs et un final dune longueur moyenne permettant de retrouver des armes de pruneaux et de chocolat.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
WillRunForBeer (2484) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2016
12oz bottle shared by Chalumeaux. Thanks, TJ! Pours golden brown with an off white head. Aroma is raisin, caramel, floral. Smells pretty good. Flavor is raisin, caramel, fruity esters, mild clove.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalumeaux (1328) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2016 Poured from bottle reddish brown with a nice off white head. Aromas of caramel malt toffee vanilla and some spices. Taste is caramel malt bread toffee.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (6693) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2016
12 oz. bottle, T.J. with the share. The brown color, lasting full head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, yeast, cinnamon.

Flavor shows a light malty sweetness, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, and roasted grain. Almost a chocolate note. Body is medium with a malty finish. It is better than I was guessing. Easy to drink, no issues.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (1566) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear amber color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is grainy with some malt and spice. The taste is pretty sweet with malt and has a creamy texture with a hint of spices.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gangstergafje (870) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2016
The beer has a nice look. The color of the beer is a nice reddish brown. The beer has a slight cloudiness. On top of the beer a nice layer of rather rough offwhite foam is formed. The bulk of the foam collapses quickly, leaving a tiny drape. I like the looks. The warming red color already gives you a winter, christmassy feeling. This feeling comes back in the smell (and in the taste of course). The smell is warming and rich. It reminds me a bit of pumpkin-spiced beers, a type of beer I really love. There are warming aromas of cinnamon, some anise, cardamom maybe a delicate hint of clove, nutmeg and ginger (some of them real subtle). All real winter spices. The smell also has a gum-like sweetness. There are some spicy and citrusy hop aromas, but the aromas of the spices fill the most of the smell, which is good. The taste is great to. It contains the same delicious spicy flavours. There are some nice malty sweets and hoppy bitters. Everything is in great balance. The taste is a bit milder that the smell though. The palate is good. The finish is a bit dry. The body of the beer is medium. Carbonation is average, but it suits the beer. All in all, a perfect beer, especially for the winter months.


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