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Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) - Anchor Brewing Company

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Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale)Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale)

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90
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404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anchor Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: blackie on 11-02-2009)
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Texas

2.5/5  rDev -38%

12-18-2011 04:07:50 | More by Sinewave
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-14-2011 17:30:15 | More by THECPJ
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Shango42

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-14-2011 04:20:41 | More by Shango42
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LSUPT

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-08-2011 08:10:02 | More by LSUPT
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-03-2011 00:58:54 | More by PhatAtUT
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pperez38

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-01-2011 08:31:34 | More by pperez38
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-29-2011 01:17:11 | More by DeutschesBier
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marchoftheclouds

Illinois

1.83/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Received in a trade via birchstick

G: Duvel Tulip

A: Ruby brown body, one finger of cream colored head quickly dissapating, very little lacing

S: First impression was, “I think I just found my first skunky beer.”

T: Malted vinegar, getting slightly better as beer warmed

M: Medium body, light carbonation. 

O: There was a 90V mark on back of label. I wasn't impressed, but would try again since hearing good things about this annual brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 05:18:50 | More by marchoftheclouds
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

11-22-2011 21:46:19 | More by brandoman63
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lcmir23

California

5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-22-2011 01:54:11 | More by lcmir23
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-21-2011 20:54:18 | More by ElGallo
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nh2032

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-20-2011 14:02:12 | More by nh2032
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

11-20-2011 03:05:16 | More by rab53
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Amyliz4

Virginia

5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-19-2011 18:18:44 | More by Amyliz4
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-17-2011 19:51:50 | More by ROGUE16
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 03:46:32 | More by Exiled
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BeerMe42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-15-2011 03:03:52 | More by BeerMe42
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-15-2011 00:24:46 | More by thebouch01
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fmccormi

New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 22:54:14 | More by fmccormi
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AlexM

California

5/5  rDev +24.1%

11-14-2011 20:03:53 | More by AlexM
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nickd717

California

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, reviewed Dec. 2009.

Dark brown in color, maybe some reddish hues, with a well-formed beige head.

Big spicy aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe clove, with a sweet roasty and smoky maltiness.

Mildly sweet flavor with huge mulling spices and a bit more smokiness than I remember from other vintages.

Medium-full bodied and smooth on the palate.

Up to par with the rest of the series.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 20:44:22 | More by nickd717
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Transcribed for undated notes.

I had this on-tap at Bridgewaters Pub in 30th Street Station in mid-to-late December 2009, put the notebook down when it got full and am just now getting back to it.

Danny served this to me with a finger of deep tan head with passable retention. Color was a deep-brown with ruby highlights. Nose had a musty smell underlain with a smoky spiciness borne of cinnamon and/or nutmeg. When I die, let it be in the Spring or Summer so that I may have one last go-'round with the Fall and Winter beers. The mouthfeel was full, close to creamy but bot quite there, with a musty, yeasty flavor accompanied by a very mellow cinnamon/nutmeg spiciness. The finish was extremely mellow, evocative of eggnog. NOW, we're talking! The last couple of vintages have been memorable for their overt piney-ness. This was like Goldilocks beer - just right!

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 15:23:48 | More by woodychandler
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metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is mahogany in color and poured with a finger high dense beige head that slowly died down but never completely faded away.
S: The smell is moderately strong and has aromas of dark fruits and spices.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has a slight amount of nuttiness; there are some hints of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink for the style although the taste makes it interesting enough to be savored and slowly sipped.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 12:48:16 | More by metter98
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. At this point, the beer's a little over a year old.

Appearance: A slow, straight-up pour nets over an inch of dense, luscious, tan foam. Head shows excellent retention throughout the session, and drags layers of bubble bath-like lacing. Body is dark brown - nearly black - and appears opaque at first. When held directly to light, earthy brown and red hues glow around the edges.

Smell: Cardamom, gingerbread, and jam-filled pastries are the first aromas I get. Root beer also comes to mind. Light cacao, a medley of holiday spices, and eventually dried herbs round out the nose. Really complex and interesting, even with one year of age.

Taste: Chocolate thumbprint cookies, gingerbread, red currants, and flaked dark chocolate. Dry, semisweet, and certainly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full in body, moderately carbonated, dry, and spicy. The mouthfeel matches up with the taste and the aroma very nicely; they all meld together harmoniously.

Overall: I can't remember if I ever tried this beer fresh, but it's tasting really nice right about now. Complex yet mellow; very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 03:42:42 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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gigaknight

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased after a solid year in the bottle (I don't seem to possess the patience to let good beer sit untouched for too long), poured a little-bit-too-cold into a tulip glass. There's a Monterey Cypress on the label, but I'm not sure what that has to do with the beer. Lovely finger of patina ivory that dissipates rather quickly leaving some sticky lacing here and there. The nose is pretty straightforwardly butterscotch, with a little dried fruit. Man, this smells tasty.

This is definitely tasty. While being one of the most atypical winter warmers I've ever had, it is very pleasant. Almost no hop bitterness to speak of, as the only bitterness noticed seems to cling to the tartness of the fruit notes in the flavor profile. Big dried cherries and maybe some dried apricot too, with just enough sourness to make it interesting. The flavors are juicy, but the textures are rather dry, giving the mouthfeel a thin crispness (some chew would have been lovely). It has some malt vertebrae, but that isn't the focus of attention here. I truly don't know what gives this beer such a dried candied fruit taste, but it's excellent, and ought to be strived for by those aiming to make fruit beers.

Overall, it's a very strange and enjoyable brew, but I feel that it could have complimented itself a little better with some bigger body and more oiliness. Maybe it was just the year in the cellar, but this beer seems to be missing a little strength. Nonetheless, definitely a find if you come across it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 04:48:28 | More by gigaknight
Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
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