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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Very dark ruby body that is almost brown. The head is a very light khaki color and sticks around. The aroma is alcoholic with some cherry cough syrup, cinnamon and herbal tea. The taste is maraschino cherries with some light cinnamon spice. There is also some herbal tea and a warming alcohol finish. This has a thin and slick mouthfeel for such a big beer. Well made and lends itself to sipping and enjoying. However, it is a bit medicinal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Another awesome beer from DragonStout. Bottle shared at the First Annual Florida Ratebeer Gathering. These ratings were taken from one day of about 60 different tastings all were good and all have blended together but I know I thoroughly enjoyed every one of them and none were bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2005
Dark brown colour, diminishing off white head. Heavy aroma, fruity, banana, sweet caramel, little bit roasted. Taste is sweet and fruity, fizzy carbonation. Finish is sweet, but not to much, with some alcohol taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Bottled. Deep brown hue with a short-lived beige/caramel head. Heavy, roasty plums, figs, alcohol, caramel, Christmas-like spices, and a great musty Belgian yeast presence grace the nose. Absolutely wonderful malty flavor profile... loads of dark fruit including vinous notes, a little port, cloves, cherries, more holiday spices, and musty yeast rounding it out. Exceptionally smooth across the palate... flavors just dance. Finish is long, fruity, spicy, and warming. Excellent fireside sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pilsnerrogge (2772) - Finspng, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2005
Dark redish brown colour. Rich head. Liquorice aroma. The flavour is loaded with salty liquorice with dashes of caramell and oranges. Warming alcohol on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Served on tap. Cloudy dark amber color with a thin tan head. Aroma had raisin, caramel, rum, cinnamon, nutmeg, apple cider and other spices. Taste was laid back for the strength with a good rum and apple cider finish. A solid holiday beer that I would have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Little head, brown in color. Spicy aroma with some mint presence. Very licorice taste with very little ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2005
An intens dark chesnut brown coloured beer, slight hazy and with a creamy beige froth. Aroma is malty and has hints of dried raisins, grape sugar, chocolate and some roasted hints too. taste is very silky and has a full-bodied caracter. You can notice touches of milkbread, caramel, butter-toffee, some soft spices, Zanzibar cinnamon, caramel malts, dried fruits like raisins, malts, cookies and soft roasted edges of sweet bread. In the afthertaste there is a well integrated touch of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 Tap 2003. Hazy dark amber body with a small white head. Very sharp sweet caramel and sugar aroma. Gentle caramel and spice flavor. Tap 2004. Hazy brown color with a thin fully diminishing head leaving light lacing around the glass. A bit of a licorice aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2005
Bottle 33 cl. BB 09.08.09
Roses (first time Ive ever smelled that in a beer!), honey and oranges in aroma. Very nice and christmasy. First taste is very sweet, then the honey comes through. Upons swallow the alcohol content is quite powerful. A bit of caramel is present in the vineous aftertaste. A bit one dimensional after the initial impressive aroma. Leaves a sweet residue on your lips. Needs another year in the cellar. Good thing I have a few more bottles :-)

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