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Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

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Winter Solstice Seasonal AleWinter Solstice Seasonal Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,358 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 39
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Anderson Valley Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-18-2001)
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-12-2011 01:44:00 | More by InlandTaipan
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Illinois

5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-15-2011 02:35:58 | More by cheers405
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mccorjf54

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.9%

03-10-2012 21:31:07 | More by mccorjf54
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BeakDabbler

Ohio

5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-16-2011 21:08:50 | More by fryer98
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Maryland

5/5  rDev +28.9%

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Ohio

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-30-2011 03:01:21 | More by amstelcat
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Tennessee

5/5  rDev +28.9%

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New York

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-24-2011 03:26:47 | More by Babydave
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

03-02-2012 00:52:29 | More by rofflesjr
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Florida

5/5  rDev +28.9%

10-14-2012 17:35:46 | More by olbubba
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Illinois

5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-15-2013 18:12:32 | More by KC9LDB
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-01-2011 15:12:33 | More by Rochefort10nh
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horrorspecialty

Virginia

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-16-2011 15:02:51 | More by horrorspecialty
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anyhoodle

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-28-2011 02:41:01 | More by anyhoodle
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jayw73

Pennsylvania

4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a must have beer for a winter seasonal. There is a tremendous amount of maltiness on the palate on initial taste but enough spiciness and hops to really balance out the flavor. I have had many winter seasonals and this is the best there is!

a dark brown with strong creamy head

t delicious, malty, vanilla, caramel

m very smooth and velvety

d gimme another please

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 23:14:31 | More by jayw73
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BeerLover48Fan

New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an interesting and worthwhile winter warmer to seek out. It pours a deep amberish brown color with little if any head, and forget about lacing or retention. The smell is caramel and cola syrup, perhaps a bit of cherry in there too. This is a medium bodied ale with very little carbonation and bordering on a syrupy full body. The taste is complex. There are plenty of caramel notes when the beer is cold, but as it settles, there is an unmistakable vanilla flavor, nutmeg, maybe some allspice flavor that begins to emerge. There is a spicy bite in there towards the end, and you will find a discernible aftertaste. This is a relatively flat, spicy, sweet, syrupy ale that pleases the palate. Worth seeking out. . If you are in the Burlington County NJ area Red White and Brew at 33 High Street in Mount Holly is where you will find this beer, Stop in and see Stacey and the staff and browse their Micro and Seasonal selection

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 02:55:07 | More by BeerLover48Fan
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Greenfloyd

California

4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Why can't it be Winter all year long....

Anderson Valley Brewing Co. makes some pretty good beers, but during the real cold months, the Winter Solstice comes out to play. Pouring a lightish amber hue, the quickly fading off-white head trails down the snifter. The smells of sweet malt, faint holiday spice, and orange brandy hit your nose like a sweet winter warming train. The creamy mouth feel of the beer stays consistent from start to finish. Tastes of delicate holiday spices paired with subtle hints of orange essence that trail off into a creamsicle (50/50 bar) like finish. The aftertaste lingers on wonderfully until the next sip. This is, by the way, a medium to heavy bodied sipping beer, that should be served in a snifter for maximum drinking pleasure. I always like to pair food with the beers I review, but not this time. Given that the beer stands so well on it's own, and only comes out in winter, I like this one all by itself....but if you must indulge, a little pound cake would pair perfectly...Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 07:46:25 | More by Greenfloyd
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tenorvoice0739

New York

4.93/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

O.K.!

This is definately a "Best in Show" type beer. Across the style categories, this brew is a Platinum award beer. The 2003 edition has been the best so far. It seems that Anderson Valley is paying close attention to the proportions of additives and truely working towards perfection of this important seasonal beer. What I mean is that over the years the beer has ebbed and flowed with many of its characteristics. Last year's version contained an overt vanilla signature that has receeded in this years glass. In this edition I sense more of the pleasant winter spices that are married to, and not in opposition of, the very sweet caramel malt.

This beer is not a rougue interpretation of style, but everything about it says "winter beer". Low carbonation, sweet, toasty malt, and a warming spirit finish contribute to it's adhearance to style and its distinction.

This beer is an example of a brewer's journey towards "getting it right". I have always judged winter ales in their unique addidtives. Many brewers can fail miserably and produce a beer that tastes like a Christmas tree. Balance is where Winter Solstice wins out.

This popular beer will be gone by January so drink up quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2003 17:33:52 | More by tenorvoice0739
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here we go with another great winter warmer.

This beer pours with a lovely amber/copper color. Minimal lacing with a quickly dissapearing head and medium carbination.

The second thing I noticed, color being the first, was the smell. Loaded with spices, I believe anise, cardamon and allspice are in this brew, possibly others, (cinnamon, possibly). There was also a bit of a bready, doughy smell.

The taste is the same as the smell, the spices hit your mouth and linger there, even after swallowing. I could not taste any bitterness or alchohol.

The brew is filling and warming. Maybe this is my imagination but I would also say invigorating. Anderson Valley turned in a winner. I will be looking forward to this brew every winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 14:35:13 | More by microbrewlover
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AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is just a great beer. Very spiced, but....not too much. Sweet, and, Christmastime wouldn't be Christmas without it!

Lovely appearance, very red-brown with nice lacing.

Smells of malt and spices....

Taste is sublime...

Great balanced mouthfeel.

One wants to drink more...but not TOO much.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 00:10:20 | More by AnalogReigns
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mwa423

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a beautiful clear red with two fingers of white head that died down to a very sticky lacing.

S - Hefty smell of dried fruit and vanilla, very christmas/holiday like.

T - The taste is a very full flavored with lots of spice, mostly vanilla, and lots of fruit. This is almost more of a fruit beer than a winter warmer. But, I love the taste and will have to pick some of these up in the future.

M/D - Mouthfeel is filling and creamy, very enjoyable. This is a very drinkable beer, but I think that the subtlety and complexity of this beer would be lost after a few.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 04:24:16 | More by mwa423
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers and my favorite winter beer, but after two years of tasting this I feel compelled to lower my ratings slightly..



-Heavy caramel flavor...sweet pleasant aroma...tastes and smells like a caramel apple...awesome seasonal...minimal hop balance...this is a great winter beer with an octoberfest feel...nice sweet and tasty..I love it..hops don't overwhelm but balance from keeping too sweet..very nice malty aftertaste...my kind of seasonal...wish I had a keg of this...

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 21:13:14 | More by ZAP
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pkalix

California

4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

beautiful honey-toffee color, minimal head, but a thick tan layer and a nice cover on the sides.
smells very sweet with honey and toffee on the top.
taste reminds me of an english type of brew, with the typical english malts. i actually really like this. another good, long draught to determine whether i can consciously give this a five! alright, i'm not even buzzed yet and this stuff is AWESOME!! if it were a 4.9% brew i'd knock it down a bit, but at 6.9% this is very nice. slight bitterness on the side of the tongue, but an overall subtle sweetness and this really satisfies. i'd honestly give this a 98 or 99 for the taste, but since i cannot, i'm giving it a 5. 4.5 for appearance and smell as i really like the thickness on the sides and the smell promises happiness before the first quaff. i am very impressed with this, especially since it's all gone on sale at Total Wine because, i suppose, we're done with the 'seasonals' . . . .

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 02:54:53 | More by pkalix
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Travis_M

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

11-04-2013 02:37:04 | More by Travis_M
Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company
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