Day 7: Anchor Christmas 2007
Tree: Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
Neck Label Text: This is the thirty-third “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.
This one has the worst water damage to the label from condensation on the bottle (see photo).
Tasting Notes: Guess which glass? I had some Jester King / Live Oak Kollaborationsbier before this one so hopefully that won’t taint my palate. Maybe I should try some water first. Ok, so this one has something off about the smell. It’s a lighter brown than the previous years. The taste is actually not bad, but I’m going to stop smelling this one. Since it had the most label damage, it might’ve been the most affected by the warm up when one of my lovely offspring left the garage refrigerator door open. I’m actually enjoying the taste though. It’s different and reminds me of something that I can’t quite place. I’m thinking leather. And tobacco. It’s really growing on me. The previous years had a harshness at the end. That’s completely missing from this one. I’d love to be able to find another 2007 to compare. Again, I’m going to go back and look at people’s notes when it was released in my recap at the end. This one might be the nicest so far.