Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
2007 version. Purchased early October 2007 at SF's City Beer Store, poured for this review in late October.
I have loved this beer for several years. The 2005 and 2006 versions were some of my all-time favorites. It's not for everyone, since this is more a sweet cream ale heavy on the vanilla and orange notes, not the potpourri spice winter warmer you might expect.
But so far the 2007 edition isn't holding together - it's much rougher and edgier than years past. Definitely the deep notes of vanilla, some of that orange peel, very pleasant sort of wintery "tree bark" undertone - presumably the hops - but there's an alcohol bite that definitely wasn't present in earlier years, sort of an unruly contest among all the unique flavors that this beer usually melds so smoothly.
I'm going to sit on the 2007 for a few months before trying the next one - maybe the time will allow things to mellow together. But if this year's Winter Solstice ends up on these lines, it's a good and interesting beer, but not the unusual harmonious sweet masterpiece of previous years.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2007 18:44:40 | More by Talisker
More User Reviews:
3.94/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A- Copper colored with frothy tan head.
S- Carmel malt & Vanilla creme. Pretty decent nose but nothing overwhelming.
T- Creamy carmel & vanilla similar to the nose. Toasted bread, cinnamon and some mild hops that add to the balance. Looking forward what this will do as it warms up a bit.
M- This is where the beer really shines. Creamy & smooth beer that is a good one to swish around.
O- Very tasty beer at a very reasonable price. Anderson Valley continues to produce solid products. Highly recommend giving it a try.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2014 22:38:41 | More by craft4mike
Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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