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


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RATINGS: 1343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Transparent dark amber with only a ring of bubbles. Leaves great lacing though. Tons of spice up front, almost minty, couldnít really pinpoint. Flavor again is dominated by spice, mostly mint and licorice, but not in a bad way. Nice malt backbone, shows through fron time to time. Looking at my notes curious as to why I gave this a 4.1, so se a re-rate coming if only for a better review.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11784) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Dark ruby, big, creamy off-white head. Intense aroma of spices and licorice - or is it just a whole lot of anise? I donít know why I havenít rated it during the winter, but stored through the summer (and quite some heat - but tonight was a worthy occasion). By now, itís a bit one dimensional in all its anise glory. Fresh rating: Yes, itís supposed to have that much anise...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a huge creamy fully lasting head. Rich aroma of malts, fruits and spices. alocohoic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (11467) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. BB nov. 2006. Creamy lightbrown excellent mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Week malty aroma. Nice spicey flavor but way too alcoholic. Average finish and oily palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2006
Dark brown colour, nice smooth beige head. Caramel, toffee, raisins, spices in the malty aroma. Outspoken spicy initial flavour, malty. Malty finish but with some light hoppy notes. Some cherry. Medium to heavy bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2939) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Poured a caramel-brown color with a nice respectable smooth head that thinned but maintained coverage. Lacing was weak. The aroma was of caramel and spices. Some sort of bourbon or whiskey in there. I was ready for a flavor that was underdeveloped, but this one actually was quite smooth, as the alcohol and spices didnít overwhelm. Caramel was for sure the feature flavor, almost like caramel candy. The mouthfeel was moderate for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1575) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Bright garnet color with active carbonation. Big thick off-white head. Aroma of cherries and spice. Sweet and thick mouthfeel with flavors of cherries, prunes, maple, chocolate, and some alcohol. Aftertaste is roasted malt, alcohol warmth, and some yeasty notes. Iím enjoying this in June since it was part of a 1/2 off sale on winter seasonals. Glad I waited, itís delicious even in warm weather!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Courtesy of MrWalker. 2005 Bottle <!-- P --> Rich sweet malt and dark fruits flood the nose. There is a musky perfumey flourish as well. Body is a murky brown and holds two fingers of mocha thickness in the creamy, but bubbly, head. Fore is somewhat toasty with malts and there are mild sweet fruit flavors. Alcohol is fairly hot and assertive through the middle and the finish is midly bitter and almost tart and acidic. Some very mild spiciness as well. Overall a good beer, but doesnít tie things together nearly as well as the Carolus Classic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Nice opening pop from the corked bottle. Pours dark amber wtiha small off-white head that end up in little patches. Aroma has caramel malt, earthy yeast, toffee, dark fruits (raisins, prunes) and bits of alcohol. Medium to full bodied with soft frothy carbonation. Taste has earthiness and caramel first, then comes anise, spiciness and peppery flavors. Spiciness and sourness linger around on the finish. However, the sourness mellows down further down the glass. Also as it warms dark fruits and earthiness join in on the finish. There is beautiful lacing on this beer. At the end some sharp citrus seems to sneak in. Overall a very nice winter beer that is also enjoyable in spring.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jhliesen (771) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2006
Bottle-Shared with a friend, poured a deep, deep brown with a small brown head that didnít stick around. The aroma was nutmeg and cinnamon with an undercoating of berries. The taste followed along with the aroma. A nice little kick of hops finished off the drink.

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