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


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RATINGS: 1237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1715) - Earth, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
My 2nd favorite offering Gouden has for us. Brilliant xMas spice notes mixed into a full Belgian sweet brew. Dank!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
Pour is dark brown with large bubbly off-white head. Aroma and flavor of anise, plums, smoke, and licorice. Flavor is on the sweeter side, high carbonation level.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
brystmar (1257) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
Smells terrible: artificial orange-flavored sno cone syrup. Imitation orange concentrate + mediocre Belgian spice = bleh. How does this have a 3.83 avg rating?!? Edit: as it warms, this loses all its sweetness and develops an intensely bitter black licorice flavor. Fking awful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andriesradu (500) - ROMANIA - APR 8, 2014
33cl bottle. Pours dark brown/red with a moderate, fast diminishing head. Aroma is complex; sweet, milk chocolate, malt alchool, anise. Flavor is also complex, it has sweet malt in it, anise, some alchool but way low than you would expect from a 10.5% beer, sweet malt, some chrismas spices,dry taste. I really like these Belgian Chrismas brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (7397) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 2, 2014
Trübes dunkel röttlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch malzig süß, überreife Früchte, hefig, würzig, Karamell. Geschmack malzig fruchtig, reife Früchte, leicht alkoholisch, würzig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
budedou (389) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - MAR 24, 2014
Je n’ ai pas aimé, le gout de réglisse est trop intense, trop sucrée.... :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alpha10 (333) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2014
2014/03/16 - Pours a dark brown cola colour with a thick, two finger, frothy, khaki coloured head that reduces quickly and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is spice, toffee, black licorice, tobacco, vanilla and dark fruits. Taste follows nose: tobacco, black licorice, dark fruits and spices. Mild bitterness and lots of malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky with smooth carbonation and a sweet, boozy, warming finish. Not too shabby. Paired nicely with beef stew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdavidh (148) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Small but dense and creamy head. Great dark color, smoky and chocolate nose. Actually a bit too sweet in taste - milk chocolate and caramel. Some subtle spice, not much hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philym (999) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2014
Appearance: Clear dark ruby brown with ruby highlights and finger thick ivory/tan head. Aroma: Aniseed, vinous, spice, spiritous note, butterscotch, toffee note, liquorice and vanilla. Taste: Medium bitter and sweet with low/medium sourness. Palate: Thick coarse texture, light body, average carbonation, dry lingering aniseed, liquorice, vinous, spiritous, alcohol note and warmth with underlying butterscotch. Comments: Very good and glass lace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
humlelala (984) - DENMARK - MAR 9, 2014
(75 cl bottle from Kervans; BBD: 11/12/15; 12110) Pours dark brown with medium, tan head that fades to be mostly surface film after a few minutes. Nice lace. Aroma has notes of banana, chalk, licorice, spices and dark fruits. I’m generally not a big fan of spices in beer but to be fair it seems well integrated here. Creamy, pillowy texture, medium carbonation, full body and a salty, warming finish. Flavour is remniscient of nice, soft licorice. Quite pleasant.

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