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


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RATINGS: 1285   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4620) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2008 (dutch ratebeer meeting) Smell is creamy, lakritz/salmiak and has some fruits in it. Clear, dark red/brown coloured with a thin and lasting head. Salmiak, anis taste; sweet, a bit fruity and some butter. Bit thin palate. Alcohol is quite well hidden. This beer can use some aging.
Bottle from same batch as my previous entry (2003, dec 14) Only now aged for 4,5 years. The beer becomes more porty and dusty and looses some of the heavy laurel/licorice flavor. So the beer has gained more balance and complexity. I would say my conclusion 4,5 years ago was correct. I recommend a little less aging, say three years, so it is a little less dusty (and hopefully still has the good port taste)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Pours a dark brown with a reddish edge to it. Foamy head accompanied by a nice layer of lace. Pretty standard nose for a BSA. Malts, a yeast, and a peculiar sweet fruit I'm trying to figure out. Maybe an apricot. Some bubblegum aromas as well. Very similar flavors. More of the bubblegum apparent in the flavor. Very smooth palate though, finishing with a great floral hop flavor. This is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2003
2003: Dark ruby, mahogany color with a huge puffy head. This bottle is relentless and is always giving me good head and lacing. Even with the bottle conditioning I never encountered a yeast layer at the bottom, happy of that. The aroma is has some traditional belgian noses, nothing outstanding, a little fruity. The flavor is extrememly well rounded; alcohol hidden, malt is semi sweet and flavorful while the hops balance everything else. On the negative front this seems a bit metallic to me. Finishes very pleasent though and I keep coming back for more. Great BSA Winter for Buck Dich!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Appears a murky, unfiltered brown. Very fruity aroma, and taste seems a bit geusy. Extra points for the Gouden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Hazy brown hue with small head and okay lace. Nice big floral aroma of dried fruit, sweet malts, spicy, and heavy yeast esters. The taste starts swet and spicy with a light bitter finish and citric undertones. Medium-bodied with a slight bite on the lively palate. Wow, what a nice Christmas brew. Pick one up for yourself and your best friends.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Aroma: pine boughs, mint, fresh rain, and hospital halls Appearance: dark brown/amber Flavor: minty (similar to a mouthwash), with earthiness mixed in. Palate: bitter carbonation that bites you on the side of the tongue. Good for a Christmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8229) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Creamy and spicy aroma, so strong, rich and floral, just beautiful. Clear dark amber appearance with a big white head. So thick and rich, the flavors are hard to put into words. Sweet cider, banana, alcohol, celery or carrots. Wonderfully smooth, with a bit of medicine-like flavors in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Mon Dieu... This ale really impressed me. Its aroma, color and mouthfeel really wowed me. We had this at our club X-mas party, so I am trying to dig deep to remember all the aspects of this wonderful exlir. It started of with a nice caramel taste with lingering notes of raisin. A little sweet, but not cloying. The carbonation was lively and had a nice head that lingered around for awhile. The one thing that struck me the most was the wonderful aroma (sweet with a slight lactic twinge and an estery yeast note) Great Noel beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2003
Very fruty and heavy. Banana flavor. Quite dry, but still well balanced. Strong alcohol taste. It explodes in yourd mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (4848) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Dark brown in colour with a dense tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, strong malt, raisins and a few other fruits. Medium-bodied; Slight sweet fruit flavour up front with raisins and other pit fruits rounding out the flavours. Aftertaste bittered from the malt and shares some dark spiceyness. Overall, a decent beer-definately worth trying in the winter! I shared this bottle, purchased by good friend JonR888710, which he purchased at Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia. I sampled this one on 29-November-2003.

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