Welcome to day ten ofÂ fourteen days of Anchor ChristmasÂ spanning 14 years of the beer. You can view the back story and the tasting for 2001,Â 2002,Â 2003,Â 2004,Â 2005,Â 2006,Â 2007,Â 2008Â and 2009.
Day 10: Anchor Christmas 2010
Tree: Maidenhair Tree, Ginko Biloba
Anchor LabelÂ -Â An interesting note on the main label. It doesn’t actually give the tree name. Typically, the scientific name is somewhere on the label, but not this year.
Neck Label Text:Â This is the thirty-sixth “Our Special Ale” from the brewers at Anchor. It is sold only from early November to mid-January. The Ale’s recipe is different every year, but the intent with which we offer it remains the same: joy and celebration of the newness of life. In ancient times trees symbolized the winter solstice when the earth with its seasons appears born anew.
Tasting Notes: Founders BrewingÂ Tulip glass. 2010 has some tastes in common with 2009. It also seems kind of thin and lifeless. There’s a small hint of some of the things on the nose that I got much stronger in the years that sat longer, but it’s just barely there. It does have more of the evergreen / spruce flavor to it than 2009, but it’s still not as good as some of the earlier years. The carbonation is steadily improving as we get closer to the present year.