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

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NewYawker (15) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Sweet caramel with some alcohol in the aroma. the color is yellowish, but with copper edges. Taste is thick, sweet to syrupy and strong of alcohol. Not great, but OK for Belgian.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Malty sweet with some hints of fruit (cherries?) and a warming sensation of alcohol. A bit syrupy like a port or sherry with low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2004 2004-06-04, Keg, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Dark amber color, ruby; creamy head. Can really smell all the 5 spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, Ö). Malty, velvety, spicy: wonderful Xmas treat!

2004-02-22, Bottle, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Dark amber color; creamy head. Aroma dominated by the caramel, with a light feeling of ammonia. Quite sweet, and a lot of caramel, a quite good Christmas beer, but missing some complexity. Thanks Jens (Ungstrup) for this bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2004
Aroma of sour apples, spice, yeast and bubble gum. Nice spicy notes with sharp bitterness comming out clearly. Some citrus. Metallic aftertaste in the end.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 Deep brown body. Brownish, fastly diminishing head, Fairly lacing. Malty (roasted) and spicy aroma. Also a lightly alcoholic aroma. Lighty bitter - sweet flavour. Long bitter finish. Alcohol-dry palate.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
Smelled great, so many good things in there. But I was overwhelmed by the flavor. As stated before, there was a certain perfume flavor that I couldn't get over.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2004
Dark with small head. Sweet, perfumy, fruity, lightly spicy. Full. Complex.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Almost opaque brown color with a small tan head. Decent lacing. Mild aroma...malty sweet and fruity. Flavor is sweet...very sweet. Earthy. Body is rich and thick. Spicy aftertaste as well. The 10% is well masked. Pretty darn good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3454) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Big, Belgian candy sweetness, with big notes of spice, orange, banana, and some herbs and veggies even. A little sourness and bitterness balanced things out.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2004
Estery, dried fruit, yeast, cocoa nose. Very attractive ruby-brown hue. Steady carbonation. Slight sourness, woody notes, cherry, dark chocolate, medicinal, spice, dried apricot, medium body, finishing long, lingering fruit, dryness, and subtle hop/spice usage...Alcohol is very well hidden in my opinion. I bet this will do well with some age. Very nice, an incredible Holiday beer. A must try!


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