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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1339   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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Pours with an amazing color. Purple with ascents of yellow, orange and red. Beautiful color, it glows in the light. However, a pretty lousy Belgian head. Smells like fruit punch. WOW! Sour red grapes, cherries, red licorice, raisins and caramel up front. Finishes with a somewhat sour, sweet malt and chocolate-caramel combination with a hint of alcohol. Tastes unbelieveable!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5456) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Bottled. Purchased at Delirium Cafe. Dark ruby body with foamy brown head. Nose is malty with chocolate and spices (ginger and nutmeg) along with dark fruits and anise. Taste is malty and rich with chocolaty notes, dark fruits, and spices. Sweet and spicy would sum it up best. Carbonated with light sharpness. Finish is somewhat dry with cocoa, dark fruits and spice. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2004
OOOOO!, is all I can think, at first, as I merely sniff the bottle-top before pouring...a gorgeous garnet hue fills my glass, with a creamy tan head on top. Aroma is fresh, sweet, buttery, strangely fruity, apricots, peaches, and others Im not as familiar with, but damned, if aint fruitiness! Smooth mouthfeel, mellow texture, tingly, but minor hop sensation. Loads of maltiness! Utterly gorgeous, and an instant favorite on first sample! Wonderfully warm and alcoholic, but deceptive in its strength. Can this little sweetie-pie really be 1O.5%? And she said she was...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Sweet syrupy nose with fig, anise, caramel. Dark brown clear with off-white lacing head. Thick bodied with light carbonation. Sweet start, spices, anise, alcohol. Nutty flavor, pistachio, baklava. No acidity, light bitter. Vapory finish, with sweet nutty spicy after.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Bottle pours brown, amber hues, medium off-white frothy head that quickly settles, small bits floating about, light carbonation with fairly attractive lacing. Aroma is of dark pitted fruit, sweet, candi sugar, with hints of licorice. Flavor is of plums, some fig, raisin, candy, and some licorice. This one seems quite the treat. Great body, full mouthfeel. Finishes with even more of a licorice bite. Probably one of the better Winter offerings to come out of Belgium. Highly recommended, and its even much better on draught.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2004 2 for 1 deal at freakin frog las Vegas dark brown color nutty fruit taste strong Alcohol there but not overwheming. Gotta have this again in the winter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Bottle. Hazy dark brown, Fruity sweet aroma and taste, and a hint of alcohol in the end. I just love this beer. And they have it in the bottle shop just 1 floor down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Lasting light beige head on a coppery brown body. Malty, plums, dark fruit, hints of roast, a perfumey floral and caramel invade the olfactory senses. Some alcohol and brown sugary sweetness, and a lightly solvent aroma as it warms. Flavor is malty and well balanced, light plum and raisin flavors, light hop flavor and bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is lightly bitter, roast and cararamel. Some sugar sweetness and toasty malts in between. Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, and light alcohol warmth. I really like this beer! Id like to see it age a little bit as well to see if complexities increase, but this is a pretty good one IMHO! Well worth trying.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2004
Pepper, sweet malt, coriander, bitter orange, marzipan in the aroma. Clear, dark amber with decent tan head that recedes to thick lasting cover with some lace. Yeasty flavour with spiciness and plenty of dark fruit complexity. Sweet malts balance. Tea-like tannins are noteable. Pretty full bodied, strong carbonation and great smooth wheat-like mouthfeel. Excellent. Bottle (enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere). Thanks Guzzler67.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2004
Cloudy dark brown, good off-white film, fully lasting. Spicy nose, christmas spruce, minty. Mild alcohol comes through, but youd never guess 10%. Spiced old ale reminiscent. Very yeasty, cloves, maybe chocolate, christmas cake fruitiness+prunes+dates and other dark fruits, leafy, coffeeish. Complex like most of its kind. Red licorice and toffee malt sweetness, very tea-like in mouth, lemon notes. Fluffy heavy body, high carbonation...Marvellous christmas beer, stylish and flavorful. Props to you Larry!

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