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


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RATINGS: 1227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2003
UPDATED: APR 17, 2004 Nice and strong(!) Belgian ale. Roasted toffee like aroma. Full body and a warming sweetness ending in a well balanced bitter finish. Perhaps a bit too sweet for me (I had it with duck); am I the only one who notes some licorice?!?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HildigŲltur (5104) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2004 A very nice and full bodied christmas brew. Loads of dark fruits and warming sweetness. Notes of mint. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jfm (1724) - Holbśk, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2003
Nice dark amber/copper color with a almost non existing beige head. The taste is plums, fruits, slight malt and spices. Finishes very nice with almost port like palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (4363) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2003
(75o ml bottle) Had to flip back in the pages of the notebook to get this review. Deep copper body and an almonde head. "Figs and molasses" came dancing out of Kimchee's mouth while reviewing this beer next to me. Plums, black sour cherries, corriander, leaf spice and yeast flavours. Port finish. Excellent example of a Belgian Strong. I love Kasta for bringing this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2003
it wasn't christmas when I had this beer, but that muggy august night at capflu's might have well been with all the beers we had. this one, a surprise that kasta pulled out for the last beer of the evening. hazy dark with a tan head. figs and dried fruit, molasses and yeast come dancing out of the glass. spicy yeasty flavour with chocolate, caramel, raisin, cherry, and black pepper. warming port like finish. nicely complex. a beer on my wishlist I never thought I would get to try. thanks kasta!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2003
Superb ruby red clear with medium sized shortish lasting tan head. Medium festive fruity and alcohol with hint of just extinguished wax candle aroma. Very smooth medium palate. Fortified wine (port) lightly spiced with hints of chocolate and coffee flavours. Well balanced bitter sweet lightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
Ruby red in colour. Aroma is fruity with dark cherries, chocolate. Flavour was peppery, yeasty, with some alcohol. Finishes with some mild bitterness and dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2008 Out of a rummy oven comes steaming marzipan candy cakes, sprinkled with cocoa powder...Thick licorice ensconced in old coffee beans, ending up in supporting black pepper...Muscular celebrations call for rich nourishment and this one is ready to step up to the plate everytime...Het Anker really has a knack for those sweet monsters...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2003
I didn't get too much fruitiness like the others, but I did get quite a mint aroma, and even a mint taste. Copper color with a tan head. Finish is slight bitterness and alcohol. Fantastic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2003
strong raisin aroma, dark red, strong dates and raisins, choclatey with a dry finish

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