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Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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For the Christmas and New Year festivities the Gouden Carolus range is now extended to include this seriously heavy strong brown ale. Het Anker are thus rekindling a long lost tradition from the days of yore when they marketed Cardinal Christmas and Anker Christmas.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Everything about this beer seems to be black - color is a super blackened ruby oil capped by a tall, softly whipped yet lumpy, cinnamon dusted, light tan head. Settles off to a thin, uneven skim and the lacing is whimsically placed in thin and webby broken sheeting. Aroma is airy and pleasantly soft yet robust of black licorice, dirt, and the blackest of black malts without much sweetness at all. Cindering hints of bright pepper phenols and anise percolate right over the top. Taste nearly mirrors the aroma with a tender sweet black malt, fainter dark fruity nuances, and cola sryup masked in a ever present black licorice spice. Finishes with shadowy cinnamon, anise, ginger, minty skoal tobacco juice, earthy pine needles; quick, yet muffled, phenol laced alcoholic heat, some leftover cola sweetness and a drying of light throat burning sweetness. Complexly characterized in girth that sits just above a medium body but somehow keeps a general softer sweetness and spice thats magnificently handled. Lots of subtle spicy layering and a finely heated throat burn, belly warming, and mind-boggling play between sweet and dark; and, warm and spicy. Fun stuff. It really grows on ya as you engage in its presence. Even with all its finely set warming and spice this makes for a really nice drinker and an even finer treat. Im becoming more of fan to these Noel/Winter Warmer-type brews and Im thinking Winter isnt really that bad here in MN as long as I have this kind of beer around to keep me company.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Tart cherry and dark fruits in abundance all malt and yeast derived. great malt complexity, with a silky smooth praline and nuts mouthfeel. Some Orang blossom and lemon zest notes on a coriander and basil spice mid body. Great finish with some liquorice and dark caramel notes with Turbinado sugar sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
That is a good beer with a taste of artificial blueberry and smooth taste i could drink plenty of this one. And i think that its marvelous with a piece of dark chocolate

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GonZoBeeR (2926) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
Aroma:Sugar,alcohol,blueberry,caramel and candy... Appearance:Brown good head... Flavor:Sugar,candy,blueberry and alcohol... This is a great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 25, 2005
Good complex aroma, malts, sugars, a little bit of apple. The color is a dark amber with a beige head. The flavor is a sweet caramel with strong hints of alcohol. The mouthfeel is sticky. Quite a nice mellow beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (1940) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2005
poured a brownish red thin tan head. Sweet alcohol and malt notes a slight bubblegum presence. Some roasted malt notes and a sweet finish. easy drinking yet filling.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3610) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle conditioned, at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Deep red brown, thin off white head and moderate condition. Sweet caramel, butterscotch and a hint of liquorice in the nose. Alcohol, caramel and butterscotch with a gentle roasted bitterness in the mouth and a slightly burnt note in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
From memory, I cant really tell the difference between this and regular Carolus. Maybe a little more alcoholic. I am ashamed to admit I just love the decadent Carolus sweetness - the citrus/coriander really balances it out.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (535) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2005
750ml bottle no date code, poured into a grottenbier glass.
Pours the color of maple syrup, with a creamy short lived head.
Alcohol floats on top
Big fruity aroma, melons, dates, raisins, with some brown sugar and spice thrown in for good measure.
Flavor is sweet, prunes, oranges, anise, candied fruit. a little pithy on the finish.
after it warms it takes on a cream sherry like feel. almost a dessert wine type beer.
ABV is well hidden, so use caution when drinking.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eloid (9) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005 does not count
Dark ruby color with a creamy head fading quickly. A very estery nose (pineapple, citrus), very malty, a lot of curaao there, thick coating mouth, pretty complex with this dominance of bitter orange. it finishes very long, with all the alcohol creating a feeling of Grand Marnier... Nice holliday beer.


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