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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1426   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2006
75 cL bottle. Pours deeply amber with creamy light brown head. Smell is dry and liquorice with spice elements. Taste is very dry with dominating liquorice notes, hops, malts, a bit of yeast and some caramel but with complete absence of sweetness. Alcohol is hidden deeply beneath. I miss the sweetness to give a perfect balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
On draft at OBriens. Arrived a deep, mostly clear reddish brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is sweet, yeasty and spicy. Flavor is also sweet with dark fruits, hints of molasses, interesting spice notes and floral hops help to hide the apparent, but not over-powering alcohol character. Medium body and tingly carbonation. Yummy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2006
UPDATED: APR 7, 2007 # 200
[Tasted at Carlsens.] My rating no. 200 exclusively to this christmasbeer. An alcoholic brew which you truely can taste, but its not too much. Notes of licorice especially danish PIRATOS. But also caramel, hoppiness and more complex maltnotes. Ill look forward to taste some in a year or two, which Ive cellared in my secret room.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (7292) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2006
Biggish offwhite head over dark red body. Deep, sharpish banana aroma with notes of licorice and spice, and, very faintly, traces of alcohol. Taste is again a deep, sharpish, harmonic mix of banana and licorice with bread, yeast, and peppery spice notes. Very complex. Smooth mouthfeel. Dry, peppery licorice aftertaste with yeast notes. Quite a bit of alcohol heat. (0.33l bottle.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boletus (52) - POLAND - DEC 22, 2006
There are many Belgian beers I liked more. This one is too alcoholic and perfumy, slightly too sweet and somewhat unbalanced. Aroma and flavor are dominated by pear brandy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bartzilla (620) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
On tap @ Hamiltons. Heavy and strong adequately sums up this fine ale. Not one of those youre going to have more than 1 glass of in an evening. A sweet, thick and heavy sipper. I had to use an Orval to wash this down. So, as you can tell, I was having a good night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - DEC 21, 2006
(Bottle BB 03/08/09) Alcoholic, anise and licorice aroma. Red brown colour, clear and small, light brown, more or less fully diminishing head with fair lacing. Sweet, anise, licorice, malty and slightly acidic (initial) flavour. Alcoholic, astringent, lively carbonated and medium to full-bodied palate. Good brew but slightly too alcoholic! 18/11/06

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2006
Dark mahogoney and slightly cloudy with perfect head. Aroma of sweet dark fruit with some spices. Very tasty sweet caramel and dark fruit taste...Alcohol is sharp, but not out of control. Definitely enjoyed...but man, this would be fan freaking tastic after a few years of aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (3163) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2006
What a great beer, this is what a Belgian should taste like. Its pour is long and smooth. Its malts is whole and frothy. The many taste of fruits, caramel. toffee and mild mint makes this a winner among beer drinkers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nick76 (4379) - 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.

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