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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1419   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Has a bit of dry, chalky dustiness that conveys the spiciness, kind of nutmeggy, I guess. Sweet but not overly so, nicely malted with hints of biscuit and caramel, this is a very easy drinker for 10.5% (although my bottle said more - 11.5%)...Good Christmas beer for sure. Thanks for the bottle, Andre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2005
This ale is what the adjective "medicinal" was created for. Ultimately I liked the beer, a lot, but the intial hit of the aroma, a strong licorice and alcohol base blended with spices, reminded me of some of the cough drops that I had as a kid. But it grows on you. Brown with red highlights, it sports a solid tan head. The flavor is built on a rich, dark caramel malt laden with anise and containing elements of black cherries, spices, and alcohol. Thereís a light sweetness to the medicinal, alcohol filled finish. Both interesting and warming to drink.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5289) - 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 (7507) - 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 (2786) - FinspŚng, 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.

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