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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

405 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 405
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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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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Texas

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

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

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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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New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%

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California

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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
Our Special Ale 2009 (Anchor Christmas Ale) from Anchor Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.