Welcome to day eleven 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 2008,Â 2009Â and 2010.
Day 11: Anchor Christmas 2011
Tree: Great Basin Bristlecone Pine,Â Pinus longaeva
Neck Label Text:Â This is the thirty-seventh “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.Â 2011 is an improvement over 2009 and 2010. Decent nose. Good flavor on the front end and still good carbonation. This is what I typically think of when I remember the flavor of Anchor Christmas and I think all of the flavors have aged well. We’ll reserve judgement until the end, but four years may be the ideal age for this beer. There’s a bit of the spruce / evergreen spice. The flavors are well balanced. If you have a 2011 around the house, drink it now….or wait another four years and hope the 2007 that I had wasn’t a fluke.