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


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RATINGS: 1278   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2004
The most dark fruits (figs, raisins, plums) I've ever tasted in a beer. Dense, bready texture with walnut flavor as well. Flavors of a molasses chew (sticky brown sugar and malt), and a bit of allspice. Definitely a holiday ale. Brings the term "winter warmer" to a new level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Dark, coppery body. Thin, yeasty head. Rich, chocolatey aromas. Malt flavor is sweet, chocolatey. A touch of dark fruit is present in the finish, sugary, rich, warming. Finish is smooth, lacks bitterness, abv is covered quite well. Fruit flavors are subtle and the overall malt flavor leaves just a bit to be desired. Still a fine brew. Lingering sweetness....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
midejo (19) - amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2004
a very deep red colour, good head. a very special taste/flavour rousted malt, grain, chocalte avery nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2004 75cl Corked bottle No date. Poured a hazy deep amber color with a thin tan head which settled to a thin film. Aroma has a sugary sweetness to it, some bready malt and fruit overtones. Alcohol shows up as it warms. Has a medium body that is smooth with a crispy finish. Flavor is sweet with malt almost barley style. Some fruit and a bit of spiciness also detectable. Overall not a bad seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2004
Good amber color. Very festive beer with the cinnamon flavor. Fruity smell.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3361) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Good one to round out the season with, as work beckons tomorrow. Deep amber brown, decent but fading head. Aroma of toffee, butterscotch oriented malts, with thick candied fruits. Layers of flavor dance on the palate, candied fruits, namely oranges, some anise (but not enough to detract), tiny hint of cinnamon, some plums, and some hoppy kick on the finish to provide a bit of balance. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2004
No snow to go with my bottle. Just the accompanying good friend (that procured and delivered said bottle). Says a lot that after three other hefty holiday beers this one still shines. A tad darker than the others sampled with among other things a hint of anise. Thick, rich, full warm, yum, good, nice, quaffable, sip, glug. (author notes that it makes going back to work more of a chore)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Bottle. A dark murky brown color with a light brown head. Sweet toffee, caramel, alcohol, a fruit aroma. As others have mentioned, I found that something off in the flavor. It was as if the individual components were good, but when they were combined something went wrong. A thick plum and spice flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Very cloudy dark brown color with a beige head. Very sweet aroma with dark fruit, alcohol and sweet malt. Very sweet spicey flavor. Dark fruit, malt, cinnamon, clove, pepper and alcohol. Very nice tingly feel and crisp finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Cloudy, cloudy brown with a medium tan head. The aroma was full of dark fruits, sugar, spices, and wet bark. The flavor was fruity as well...figs, cherries, slight banana, with a noticeable alcohol punch. The feel was very lively...crisp, dry finish.

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