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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1338   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The Etruscan (554) - 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 (14584) - 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. Its 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, "shes 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 (7475) - 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 theres 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Its been way too long (relatively?) since Ive had a beer Ive really enjoyed. I decided to pull out the highest rated one I hadnt 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 didnt 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 (10496) - San Diego, California, 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.

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