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


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RATINGS: 1341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 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 (14423) - 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 (14715) - 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 (9162) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2006
"Poured a nice brown color with okay head. Aroma was of carmel and spices, brown sugar. Flavor was spices dark fruits and carmel, not near as sweet as the aroma, still a little too sweet for me. Overall good beer"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
On tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green. Tried this alongside Abbaye des Rocs Noel and was rather surprised to find I preferred the Gouden Carolus. Reddish copper colour. Packed with jammy fruit on the nose. Lots of berry fruit on the palate and plenty of rich, deep malt. Sweetish, but there’s an acidity that balances that. Very smooth, silky mouthfeel. Rather fuller and more voluptuous than the AdR to my palate, but it avoids being too rich. Very impressed.

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