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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nick76 (4366) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2006
I was really impressed with this one. I should have had this one for my 1000th. The aroma is complex with toasted malt, brown sugar, spice, dark fruit, bubble gum, and yeast. The appearance is amber brown with a nice foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with a toasty, caramel emphasis. The palate is smooth with a nice warm toasty finish which is one of the best I have had. I really like this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anbrew (1) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2006 does not count
Full flavored but wonderfully elegant, this does not taste like its 10.5%. Beautiful Gouden Carolus fruity aromatics with nice caramel in the mouth finishes with full but clean malts. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2006
mohogany pour with rising bubbles and frothy tan head. beautiful aroma of bananna, plum, raison, brown sugar, nutmeg and bubble gum. lively palate. 10% alcohol. This is fucking great. slight burn which is welcoming. dark fruits are sweet and the malts are thick and sticky. sugar dances on your tounge and melts like a maple sugar candy. Best Christmas brew that Ive had to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2006
On tap @ Coles. Buffalo, NY. Dark amber in color with long lasting full head. Flavor is all over the place with fruits & spices. alcohol is present but not overbearing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1019) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
once again, dark and clear. less dark. great elegant head. smells like bubble gum. smells like break. alcohol does not hide in flavor. reminds me of an eisbock or dopple. so malty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ako (166) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2006
Dark amber, this looks as potent as it sounds. Aroma is almost aggressive with fruit and spice... aniseed? Extraordinary. Flavor follows along the same tracks; plum, herbs, liquorice. No taste of alcohol, but you can really feel the 10.5%. Yeasty finish with a nice warm glow. Excellent, but while tasting this with a group of friends, there were some opposite opinions, not the easiest brew around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11881) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2006
Wonderful dark mahogany with clear red colour when seen through. Great big beige creamy headStunning aroma. Fruit, yeast, cloves, plums, alcohol, some cinnamon, some ginger. Taste is equally complex. Good full mouthfeel and slightly vinious. Plums, sweet, raisins, coriander, some vanilla - stunning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (870) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2006
had a taste on tap at muddy pig. Dark ruby/amber with thin head. Basic belgian yeasty smeall, but with a great sweet fruit candy. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2006
On tap. Nice sweet candy and Belgian aroma. Nice sweetness, pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Aroma is sweet with some belgian yeast.Pours dark copper with very little head.Flavors of sweet malt and alcohol.Lots of carbonation with an alcohol finish.

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