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


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RATINGS: 1331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Itís been way too long (relatively?) since Iíve had a beer Iíve really enjoyed. I decided to pull out the highest rated one I hadnít rated from the cellar... and this was the one. Lets see... dark amber body with a large head. Nose has the Carolus house character, a wide range of fruits, and sugar. Still, it didnít come in a very impressive way. Luckily, the flavor was much more interesting. This was rich! Not very big on the spices though.. whatever. Alcohol at 10% was hidden perfectly. On top of that there was a lingering aftertaste which made this better yet. Possibly my favorite Xmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle. Has a mahagony color and pours with a foamy tan head. The aroma is bubblegum with caramel malt. Sweet and creamy caramel and roasted malt that makes a smooth and creamy beer. Llightly spice with a maple or brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (10393) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2006
1 pint, 9.4 fl oz. Pours mahagony with a frothy tan medium-sized head and lined lacing, good head retention. Yeast (dough, bubblegum) and medium roasted malt (caramel, nutty) with faint perfumey hops and alcohol notes. Warm, spicy medium sweetness and medium acidity, medium to light bitterness, sugary, caramel, maple, bubblegum, port and alcohol. Full, warm bodied, medium fizzy, medium dry palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svesse (6634) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2006
(Bottled) Mahogany/dark amber in colour. Huge foamy head. Big, potent nose with caramel, dried fruit, liquorice and herbs (sweet cicely, rosemary, thyme?). Full, fiery flavor, with dried fruit (prunes), more herbs (caraway, aniseed?) and a well balanced hint of yeast. Sweet but not sticky. Complex stuff and a magnificent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrideOfFrankenkitty (44) - Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2006
The aroma is straight root beer. This has a deep black color until you hold it up to a light, and then a very deep ruby. The flavor is plum, faint citrus, very complex, with a hidden hint of banana. Itís fizzy, olive oil, like hard liquor. And it left a tingly freshness in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1961) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Mahogany with red highlights and a large but quick tan head. Aromas are warm & coat the nostrils but are difficult to decipher. Fruity pine & fusels, some banana and brandy. High carbonation contributes to a fluffy mouthfeel carrying malts, spice and ginger. This is a complex and very celebratory beer, one that is perfect for the holidays.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
750, left by somebody at my nye party. aroma is tart and malty fruit, some coffee? dark reddish brown, low carbonation. heavy body, and flavor mirrors the aroma: tart, with tons of malt, and a good bit of acidity. hides the 10.5 quite well, but drinkability suffers at the hands of the body and acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - JAN 18, 2006
cloudy dark amber w/ a brown head. sweet fruity aroma w/ hint of some spice, the flavor is dominated by alcohol and fruits. full bodied and warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4345) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2006
Bottle. Blackish beer with a red hue, the head is smooth and quite whispy. The aroma is sweet, spiced and mulled fruit in nature. The flavour is strong, liquor like with a load of spice, sweetness and appley fruits. Overall a pretty good comforting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Had this at BJís Winter Ale Fest, 2005. Originally rated 8/01, 3/5, 7/10, 3/5, 15/20. Rerate: Beer is lightly hazy, dark-amber color with a small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is malty, spicyóbut extraordinarily and obstrucively peppery. Malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, caramel and a trace of molasses; Hoppy with a moderate note of oregano-like herb, resin/pine; Yeasty with a light notes of banyard, dough, attic and basement; Miscellaneous notes include light alcohol, heavy, dusty white pepper. Alcohol is well hidden in the nose.<P>The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter with a warm, long, moderately bittersweet finish.<P> The body is full, the texture is velvety, the carbonation is lively, moderate warmth.

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