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


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RATINGS: 1233   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2193) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Fruity, spicey aroma. Deep ruby red and beautiful, graceful , playful carbonation. If I could have given it more points for appearance I would. Large tan head. Caramel notes, high alcohol profile. Under carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 19, 2005
(Draft: OBriens in San Diego, CA) The flavor is driven by a sweet maltiness and plenty of winter spices like nutmeg. Candi sugar and yeast are prevalent in the flavor. Sweet on the palate, but not sticky or cloying. Aromas of candi and spice, predominantly nutmeg, plus very malty. Chestnut brown in color, nearly still in appearance. Light tan head fades away to nothing almost immediately. Decent carbonation considering the still appearance and total lack of head. Damn fine beer. I could drink this all night, but the wallet says no.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Dark reddish brown, moderate brown head, banana, port, raisin aroma, sweet flavors of fruit, particularly cherry, some chocolate, and sugar. Finishes slightly bitter. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 13, 2005
i drank this in a chimay trappist glass,revcieving a lovely crimson body a small off-white head.i gathered an aroma of liquorice,brown sugar,and blow pops.i was very happy with my first sip of this.liquorice,malts,ginger bread,christmas trees,and bubblegum.this brought me right back to christmas day.what an outstanding brew this is!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Delicious! Im shocked that I absolutely loved this beer. The 10% abv is extremely well-hidden and the malty sweetness and complexity are just fantastic. Nice fruits (oranges) in the body and light spiciness to boot. Sensational brew if you go for a sweeter, malty, beer that tastes like its 7%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Draft - cloudy red with a beautiful creamy head - almost looked like a nitro pour. Very fruity in nose and flavor. Cherry and berries are what really jumped out at me. Long, slightly sour finish. Sweet and very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
A big thanks to npdempse for this one. Pours turbid brown with a big, creamy tan head. Aroma of big fruit, berries, spices, slight detergent. Tastes malty, very fruity, with some spices, caramel, and nuts at the finish. Full bodied, well balanced, and absolutely delicious. Christmas is over, but you should still get out there are grab some of this for yourself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2005
2002, Draft: Liquorice dominates aroma with some chocolate and dried fruit (raisins, prunes, apricots) notes. Brown edging on amber with a beige lasting head. Aniseed, spice, chocolate, caramel, raisins and apricots all in the flavour. Smooth full bodied feel. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arhythmt (69) - USA - JAN 3, 2005
First, I should note that I drank a bottle of the 2004 vintage, which was probably way too early but I couldnt help myself. This beer has a somewhat sweet, but not fruity, essential flavor, almost like a tawny port but without the spice. A lot of subtle berry flavors abound. I had a glass of vintage Noel this summer and it was much better than the 04, but that must be due to age. I definitely recommend picking up a few bottles and aging them for a few years at least.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2005
The beer came in a handsome 750 ml. bomber with the obligatory wire cage and cork. As the cork was pulled the wonderful aromas of cherry, brown sugar, and slightly grass hops filled the air. The pour revealed the body to be quite dark brown, with a small head that was short lived. The carbonation level was quite low. The taste was spicy, roasty, and not the least bit boozy. Brown sugar, cinnamon, mint, and nutmeg were the stars of the show here followed by a crackling dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel was full but not overbearingly so. The alcohol was sneakily hidden under these layers. This is good craftsmanship.

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