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


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RATINGS: 1234   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 17/20
andriesradu (461) - 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 (7089) - 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 (380) - 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 (320) - 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 (146) - 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 (975) - 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 (962) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
franky2846 (1) - leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2014 does not count
Prachtige donkere kleur, met mooie volle kraag. Volle smaak , koffie , cola achtig smaakt naar meer . Gaat vlot binnen ondanks de 10,5 % . Weeral een fantastisch bier van brouwerij het anker !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (2113) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 24, 2014
Dark ruby with light brown lacing foam head. Aroma is sweet caramel with nutty tones. Taste is sweet, some small biiterness, nuts and riasty. Long lasting aftertaste, turning more bitter. (Velp 201402)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (656) - - FEB 23, 2014
Pours a dark copper brown. Smells and tastes of dark fruits and spices. Very strong and complex flavors.

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