Drink 2012 Anchor Christmas Ale

2012 Anchor Christmas Ale


Relevant Links:
2012 Anchor Christmas Ale (Anchor Steam Website)
Our Special Ale 2012 (Anchor Christmas Ale) (BeerAdvocate.com)

20121226:
[20121227]
I wrote: "Huh. This has a real interesting smell. Perhaps it smells like caramel. Huh. Its more bitter tasting now. I find last year's tasting better. We'll see if the taste changes over the course of drinking it." 8:34PM PT
I wrote: "It still smells really nice. Maybe there's something I ate which is throwing off the taste. On a different note, it seems like the beer might have high amounts of nutmeg, or something familiar." 8:52PM PT

Website Information:
CHRISTMAS ALE

2012 Anchor Christmas Ale. New tree. New recipe. Same traditions.

Each year since 1975, Anchor Brewing creates a distinctive Christmas Ale, available from early November to mid-January. A rich, dark spiced ale, our secret recipe is different every year—as is the tree on the label—but the intent remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life.

Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew. Our tree for 2012 is the Norfolk Island pine. Captain Cook discovered this South Seas isle and its native tree in 1774. These tropical-looking conifers, which thrive in sandy soil and coastal climes, were first planted in California in the 1850s. The Norfolk Island pine on this year’s label, hand drawn from life, resides in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Each year our Christmas Ale gets a unique label and a unique recipe. Although our recipes must remain a secret, many save a few bottles from year to year. Properly refrigerated, the beer remains intriguing and drinkable for years. Different nuances emerge as the flavor mellows slightly, much like the memories of great holiday seasons past. Celebrate the holidays with Anchor Christmas Ale, an Anchor tradition since 1975.

FIRST BREW: 1975
FIRST BOTTLING: 1975
ALC. BY VOLUME: VARIES
AVAILABILITY: NOV.-FEB.
MALT: TOP SECRET
HOPS: TOP SECRET

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