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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2005
750 ml bottle, 2003. Rich amber color with a nice head. Aromas jump out at you with black licorice and malt. Taste is strong all right with some flavors of ripe fruits, pine, caramel and an assortment of spices. Very sweet, it starts out as a sipper but as the palalte acclimates, its smooth sailing. Just too sweet to drink often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Pours a cloudy maroonish-brown hue with a huge, dense and durable off-white head. Thick lacing prevails throughout the glass. Rich, fragrant aromas of raisin, fig, yeast, gingerbread, anise and dark caramel prevail. Taste certainly does not disappoint with a blast of overwhelmingly delicious flavors to match the aroma along with a subtle presence of cocoa and licorice. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy. A real exquisite holiday treat, even on a warm May night in Florida.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
muddy brown body with frothy, lazy, light tan head with lots of lacing. hazelnut, cinnamon, spicy chocolate, fresh baked bread, alcohol, light banana. delicious. like a brown without the emphasis on nuttiness, and like a weisse without the whole banana thing. awesome dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 16, 2005
75cl bottle, unknown age. Pours dark with NO head...strong spicey aroma also includes a sort of sweet fruit...chocolate cherries sweet plum sauce...Big sweet alcohol...lingering burn...my lips stick to the glass when I drink...Good as a nightcap...It starts to look ruby red as I finish my glass, and I think this is something to be thought of like a big, jammy red wine...but it does seem a little lifeless to me...a beer to sit and sip, and very enjoyable by the end!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Kris Wines.
Awesome jet black appearance with a good tan head then can be added to whenever you wish by a quick swill. Wonderful nose of heavy liquorice, malt, vanilla and spice. Stunning creamy alcohol type notes. Flavour more of the same but just slightly let down by the huge huge alcohol. Plenty of burn that is just about tollerable but in a so wrong its good way. Full bodied and sweet and fruity and all round excellent. Aged bottles are fantastic.

Original numbers: 8/4/8/4/17

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ghawener (1555) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - APR 17, 2005
Bottle: Dark, red-brown color with a medium short lived beige head. Aroma is bittersweet, caramel, coffee and chocolate. Unfortunately the taste is overpowered by a strong alcohol presence; licorice and caramel notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (24904) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 12, 2005
Tapped. Hazy brown colour, big foamy beige head. Strong caramel and licorace in aroma along with hints of alcohol. Stinging very sweet flavour of plum, fruit and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2805) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2005
Thanks again Wunderbier. A very nice belgian seasonal this one is. It poured a cloudy brown. A nice malty and spice filled aroma. A complex flavor consisting of raisins, ginger, cinammon, chocolate, and some mint. The aftertaste is sweet and warming. Enjoyable in small amounts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (9677) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2005
Bottle from "The Offie", Leicester. Very dark red/browen/purple with an off-white head. Aromas are fruity and very floral with spices, sweet malts and aniseed. Very Xmassy (even in April). Flavours are sweet malts and aniseed with bready yeast, winter fruit and a good deal of boozed-up Xmas pudding. Very herblal with more aniseed towards the finish with complementing floral hops. Warming alcohol vapours on the finish. Xmas in a (big) bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2005
I was surprised that I liked this so much, but I so did. Tasted of raisins, ginger, carmel, brown sugar, hints of indian food ingredients. aftertaste was like dishsoap and mint, but whatever.

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