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


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RATINGS: 1227   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7502) - 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 (934) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2005
750 ml corked and caged, Dark and cloudy reddish-brown in color, big thick clingy brown head, sweet fruity and bready aroma, full bodied, alcohol hidden very well, smooth and velvety mouthfeel, finishes a little sweet, this is a great Belgian ale, very drinkable and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shadey (1867) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Deep red color. Quickly dissipating head. Great aroma of sweet candi. Spicy and sugary taste. A very nice christmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Bottle. Deep chestnut color. Tan head. Very malty and sweet. Yeast and cola in aroma. Medium bodied. Very nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2187) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2004
#400 Pours out a hazy mahogny color with a small light tan head. Fine lacing is maintained very well. Aromas are a very nice combination of caramel, apple ciderplums, brown sugar and just a little of that classic Belgian spice. Flavors are much the same. Lots of sweet caramel and brown sugar with some smokey notes as well. The high ABV is noticeable but plays well together with the other flavors. Fine but lively carbonation and a slightly bitter woody aftertaste. Very nice way to close out 2004 Thanks for the recomendation Larry Pitonka

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Pours thick and dark reddish brown with minimal head. Vinous aroma with light spices. Maybe some nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon ? I also get some black current. A bit oxidized. Rich in body with a warm alcohol finish. Subdued spice flavor with some star anise. Chocolate malt taste too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Nice dark brown colour, with a beautiful soft foam head. Lots and lots of spice in the aroma. So much so I could barely detect the malts. Mostly cinimon and and clove. The spice carried through to the taste and was pretty good. NOt an every day bear, but it was nice to drink while opening presents with my fiances family.

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