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 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2006
No date. Dark ruby brown with large, spongey, tan head. Nose of toasty caramel malt, licorice, peppery yeast, dark fruits, mint. Same flavors with some tequila, herbs, alcohol, and chocolate. A touch of absinthe in the finish. Dry, roasty, bittersweet, yeasty, alcoholic aftertaste. Can I say complex? Full, balanced body. Definitely a brew to savor slowly. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 75 cl bottle. BBE 10/11/08. A dark brown coloured beer which pours with tan bubbles but these don’t stick around long enough to be described as a head. The aroma is sticky plums and port like vinuous. some aniseed and some licquorice thrown in for good measure. A really big, welcoming aroma. The taste is big and fruity. Some more spices including a dash of cinnamon combine with the alcohol to produce a big Christmas warmer. The depth of flavours are maybe not as brash and as complex as I’d have liked, nor the body as big, but it’s still a good bevvy. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 4.2. Average becomes 4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tenghave (402) - Taastrup, DENMARK - APR 13, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2006 Orange-rød ufilreret belgisk øl købt i sverige. Øllens er en typisk belgisk klosterøl tilsat alle julens kryderier. Duften er meget krydret - mest tydelig er appelsin. Skummet er let brunt med store bobler. Smagen er varm, stærk og krydret. Øllen er ikke så tung - men stærk. Efter et år aftager kryderismagen en del, og øllen er aldeles rund.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14647) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 5, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 One of the best kerst beers I have ever tasted. This one deserves all the hype! Brown with creamy white head. Very filling and has a complex variation of the regular christmas spices. Long lasting finish!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle. Coriander strong sweet nut bread flavor. Beautiful full heady head on garnet brown body. Detecting brown sugar syrup. Lacking any real holiday character and not really that unique, but very drinkable and pleasant stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The Etruscan (567) - Tuscany, ITALY - MAR 21, 2006
Large beige creamy full lasting head. Mahogany color. Aroma is fruity with raisins, dark fruits, banana, vanilla and light spicy notes. Flavor is fruity with banana, candy, raisins and chocolate tones, ending in a long sweet finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2006
750ml (no idea what year) i would love to know because it seems like it has been perfected. pours nice head. the fruitiness goes well with the right amount of spice. A treasure of a find. a delicious beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15066) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2006
33cl bottle from Dorstvlegel, Antwerp. I bought 3 Christmas beers from Belgium and this was my favourite. Dark brown/red with thin beige head. Dark malts and spice. Lots of spice in mouth. Lots of dry malt. Quite chewy in mouth. Its like liquid Soreen malt loaf, complete with raisins. Full, nice, got good most things about it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Pours dark brown w/ medium head. Full nectar w/ a sweet cherry smack on the nose. It’s a cherry bomb and it tastes like sweet cherry caughdrops. Leaves no room for anything else. Drink it cold as a dessert. Alcohol is well hidden. Jeeeez, I can still taste it. I keep hearing Warrant singing their famous song, "she’s my cherry pie....sweet cherry pie.."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9165) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
On Tap at the Borough Arms, Crewe 20/05/2005 Mid to dark brown with spice and liquorice aromas. Some dryness and bitterness in a warming malt finish.

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