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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1405   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
That is a good beer with a taste of artificial blueberry and smooth taste i could drink plenty of this one. And i think that its marvelous with a piece of dark chocolate

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GonZoBeeR (3010) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
Aroma:Sugar,alcohol,blueberry,caramel and candy... Appearance:Brown good head... Flavor:Sugar,candy,blueberry and alcohol... This is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 25, 2005
Good complex aroma, malts, sugars, a little bit of apple. The color is a dark amber with a beige head. The flavor is a sweet caramel with strong hints of alcohol. The mouthfeel is sticky. Quite a nice mellow beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2005
poured a brownish red thin tan head. Sweet alcohol and malt notes a slight bubblegum presence. Some roasted malt notes and a sweet finish. easy drinking yet filling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3709) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle conditioned, at Essen Kerstbierfestival 2004. Deep red brown, thin off white head and moderate condition. Sweet caramel, butterscotch and a hint of liquorice in the nose. Alcohol, caramel and butterscotch with a gentle roasted bitterness in the mouth and a slightly burnt note in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
envane (569) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
From memory, I cant really tell the difference between this and regular Carolus. Maybe a little more alcoholic. I am ashamed to admit I just love the decadent Carolus sweetness - the citrus/coriander really balances it out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (763) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2005
750ml bottle no date code, poured into a grottenbier glass.
Pours the color of maple syrup, with a creamy short lived head.
Alcohol floats on top
Big fruity aroma, melons, dates, raisins, with some brown sugar and spice thrown in for good measure.
Flavor is sweet, prunes, oranges, anise, candied fruit. a little pithy on the finish.
after it warms it takes on a cream sherry like feel. almost a dessert wine type beer.
ABV is well hidden, so use caution when drinking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eloid (9) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005 does not count
Dark ruby color with a creamy head fading quickly. A very estery nose (pineapple, citrus), very malty, a lot of curaao there, thick coating mouth, pretty complex with this dominance of bitter orange. it finishes very long, with all the alcohol creating a feeling of Grand Marnier... Nice holliday beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2007 (750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy dark brown body with a large rocky beige head. Complex aroma of banana, raisins, plums, licorice, and nutmeg. Flavor of dark fruits and malt. Alcohol is nicely hidden for 10% abv. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2005
750ml Served in a St. Bernardus goblet. Pours a clear mahogany brown with a short lived tan head. Strong aromas of fruit and booze. Flavor is heavy dark fruits and dark rum with caramel. Sweet malt and fruit really comes through strong. Some carbonation lightens it up a bit otherwise this ale would be too heavy and syrupy. The high alcohol is fairly well hidden, although there is some warming in the swallow. There is an odd candy flavor that I am not able to place, and some spicyness. Tasty and interesting. A very nice seasonal brew and change of pace, but this is far from the mainstream. I can appreciate the quality here but I couldnt drink a 750 of this often. Best to share this one, but my lady dont drink the same stuff I do.. took one look at it and passed... she wanted a Baileys Irish Cream.. oh, well..

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