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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1336   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1962) - 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 (4364) - 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 BJs 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, spicybut 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2006
12.31.05 750ml bottle. Dark caramel color, looks like flat cola, with a medium sized, fairly lasting white head. Aroma is banana and bubblegum with a spicy and bready yeast (banana bread) and some hints of band-aid. Almond and vanilla fill in a spotty scent of chocoalte chips and dried apple. Unique flavors, it reminds of many dubbels Ive tried but less yeasty. Body is lithe and ful of coating eff. Pleasantly sweet, not overly so, and a very light finishing snap of eff, alcohol, and spice. Licorice hints saturate throughout. Very nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Deep red-brown body, thin/medium beige head. Flowery, perfumey aroma, spciy, with hints of yarrow, toast, and banana. Peppery, licoricey body, with perfumey yarrow, toast, and a tight bitter finish to go along with hints of chocolate and other candies. The spicy, flowery, peppery yeast flavors remind me a bit of something Brasserie des Rocs would brew. Good but a bit heavy on the spices for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Pours dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas of sweet malt, spices, dark fruit, yeast. Flavors are spices, sweet malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and toffee. Body is rather thick and heavy. This one should age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1403) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2006
This is another of my 2005 Christmas Beers. What a nice surprise. The head formation was modest and the color was deep amber or brown. There was excellent lacing down the glass. Upon uncorking this bottle there was an immediate release of yeast and malt aroma. The body is medium with some sweetness. There are hints of other spices and hops. The high alochol is hidden very well. This has been of the best Belgium ales that I have enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sten (694) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2006
A brown-black appearance. A sweet and fruity aroma. The taste is sweet, fruity and a bit malty. Not my kind of beer.(Bottle 75cl, tap)

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