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

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RATINGS: 1341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Dark amber, light beige head. Could not pick up anything definitive in the nose. That either means the nose was complex or I was just unable to determine. Would have to say some spice and fruit. Medium bodied. The flavor was bitter and alcoholic. Didnt much care for this one.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5395) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Bottle: Sweet aroma. Kind of has a coke syrup smell to it with some spice. Pours a brown with some red hilights when held to the light. Okay off-white head. Unless youve been to the Dominican Republic you probably dont know what Im talking about, but this has a strong mamajuana (mixture of rum, honey, white wine, roots, sticks, spices, and a whole bunch of other stuff) taste to it. Flavor of coke syrup lingers in the background.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2004
(draft) Highly recommended by all whod had it at Rich Os. Definitely a Christmas Ale - all sorts of complex flavors. I thought the fruitiness was a little bit too much but I suppose it was needed to mask all of that alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 18, 2004
Draft Rich Os: Poured cloudy caramel brown with a medium tan head. Fruity malty aroma. Sweet alcohol flavor. Lightly frutiy taste with a mildly grassy finish. Somewhat vodka-ish as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2004
What a winter warmer should be. Aroma is a wonderful mix of figs, brown sugar and plums-almost like a homemade fruitcake. At 10% abv itll definitely warm you up on a winter evening. My favorite of the belgian x-mas brews (so far.)

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2007 Pours a deep brown/ amber hue with a slight off-white head. Aromas of caramel and toffee and a little hay. Flavors of copper????? with a slight dryness and brown sugar and spice. A little disappointing for a Belgian winter ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
This beer poured a medium brown w/ reddish hues and very slight head and no lacing. Malty, raisin sweetness, w/ hints of black malt. Woody on the palate, big effervescence and slightly wet.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
motelpogo (7173) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 14, 2004
on tap at elysian. nice work by duff in talking them into giving us a glass of this stuff. ruby amber colour, some woody cherry aroma, loads of alcohol and candi sugar flavour drowning out any yeast character. i think this batch must have been tainted in some way

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2004
750 ml bottle. Cloudy Orange in color with a tan fluffy head. Fig, raisiny, prune aroma. Sweet. Malty dry palate. Fruity. Shared with Maibockaddict. Year old bottle. Nice smooth sweetness and maltiness, not overpowering. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2004
This would have gotten a 5 for appearance if the label didnt look like a lame knockoff of the St Feuillien Noel label. Floral, fruity, somewhat cocoa aroma and flavor . Warming, ABV masked. Moderately sweet, spicy bitterness. Woody, pointed spicy finish with a medium body. My only real complaint about this otherwise balanced beer is that it had notes of artificial grape


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