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


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RATINGS: 1359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
bottle. dark amber color. very dark aroma. xmasy and very sweet. big and heavy mouthfeel. good quallity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 Draught from Paradise Beer Weekend. Smashing Christmas beer from one of my favourite breweries. Iíve enjoyed it on many, many occasions (and currently possess an obscene collection of 75cl bottles), but this is my first taste off draft. Beer notes are nearly illegible, but will update from the bottle sometime soon. Dark, clear amber in colour with glorious creamy head. Aroma and taste of liquorice, dried fruits, heavy spice, rum, and all things that remind you of the festive season. Velvet texture - absolute luxury for the tongue. Smooth, loooooong finish. Just Mmmmmm. Words do no justice. The King of Christmas!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11983) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Dark ruby, big, creamy off-white head. Intense aroma of spices and licorice - or is it just a whole lot of anise? I donít know why I havenít rated it during the winter, but stored through the summer (and quite some heat - but tonight was a worthy occasion). By now, itís a bit one dimensional in all its anise glory. Fresh rating: Yes, itís supposed to have that much anise...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2006
Transparent dark amber with only a ring of bubbles. Leaves great lacing though. Tons of spice up front, almost minty, couldnít really pinpoint. Flavor again is dominated by spice, mostly mint and licorice, but not in a bad way. Nice malt backbone, shows through fron time to time. Looking at my notes curious as to why I gave this a 4.1, so se a re-rate coming if only for a better review.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a huge creamy fully lasting head. Rich aroma of malts, fruits and spices. alocohoic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12047) - Randers, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2006
Bottle. BB nov. 2006. Creamy lightbrown excellent mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Week malty aroma. Nice spicey flavor but way too alcoholic. Average finish and oily palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stefano (1913) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
loudy orange with tan fluffy head. Aroma of figs, dates, raisins, cotton candy, and just general sweetness. Flavor was very sweetly malted with notes of dark fruits, raisins and plums...a very nice Christmas beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3542) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
Vintage 2003. Pours a clear brown with a dissappearing head. Very sweet and portish. Strong notes of nuts. Full bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. Long sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
labologist (56) - Disley, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2006
A spicy dark winter brew with a bitter finish available in bottles and also (if youíre really lucky) on draught, I think it was better on draught but it might just have been the company I was keeping!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6301) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - OCT 30, 2006
Bottle. Chestnuy, golden brown head. Vineous, wooden nose. Herbal, heather notes. Burned sugar sweetness. Medium body, mellow mouthfeel. Nice spicy brew.

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