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

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RATINGS: 1336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
climberbob (232) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle into tulip. Good thick foam on dark beer. Strong anise aroma and dominating flavor. Sweet caramel and dried fruit. Pairs well with Christmas pudding. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VDuquerroux (502) - Airvault, FRANCE - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A clear dark brown beer with mahogany hues ; medium off-white head with a medium retention ; average lacing. Spicy roasty aroma (licorice, star anise), burnt, herbs. Medium to heavy sweet, light bitter. Full body, medium texture, average carbonation, sweet warming lasting finish. Overall, a delicious spicy christmas ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (1998) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin beige head, strong malty aroma with some burnt sugar, taste is sweet at first then comes comes bitterness with a dry finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bierridder_S (140) - BELGIUM - JAN 30, 2015
25/01/2015 @home, 33cl (2013) bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck. Full dark brown colour with nice tanned head. Aroma : dark fruits, caramel, spices. Taste licorice, dark fruits, caramel. Nice thick mouthfeel. Way better than last year, it was too alcoholic then, way more balanced now. Buy this and put it away for at least 1 year. Curious what it will be with one more year aging.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oscbert (1085) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Strong licorice aroma, caramel maltiness Pours a murky brown color with small wispy off white head Licorice flavor with bread, caramel, a tad boozy, sweet. Cola like. Full bodied, med CO2, some alcohol warmth, lingering bready sweetness in finish It's an enjoyable sipper. Well balanced, but not all that complex. Licorice or anise that was added overpowers a bit. Would go well with a hearty dinner ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2862) - Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2015
[Tap] Chestnut brown pour with a dense beige head. Sticky caramel, brown sugar, gingerbread and licorice in the nose. Flavors of nutmeg, dark rum, cinnamon, fruitcake, more licorice, sweet molasses and allspice. Lighter cocoa and port hints. Sticky mouthfeel. Lingering sweet finish cuts the alcohol down to barely noticeable levels. Rich.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vicdelrio (1) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 18, 2015 does not count
Afrutada, agradable, sabor a regaliz y ans. Muy rica. La segunda mejor que hemos probado

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
leghorn99 (63) - Livorno, ITALY - JAN 16, 2015
Osservazioni: Si presenta di color tonaca di frate, limpido; la schiuma color ocra, molto persistente, a trama fine, cremosa. Laroma pulito e molto complesso: al variare della temperatura nel bicchiere possiamo trovare zucchero a velo, canditi, spezie da lievito, glassa, banana matura, prugna, uvetta, ciliegia, mirtilli rossi. Un ottimo bouquet che crea grandi aspettative in bocca, dove arriva con un corpo da medio a pieno, carbonazione contenuta, consistenza oleosa. E morbida e gradevole, regalando subito note di toffee e frutta sotto spirito, datteri, prugne ed uvetta; limbocco molto dolce ma gi a met percorso emerge una nota amaricante di liquirizia a bilanciare; allaumentare della temperatura il livello di liquirizia cresce notevolmente, diventando un po il sapore dominante. Ha un finale abbastanza secco; il palato abbastanza pulito per assaporare un retrogusto caldo e morbido, abboccato, di frutta sotto spirito e liquirizia.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rob_D_UK (1136) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Pours a deep mahogany with a thin white head. Almost a brandyesque aroma. Taste is quite alcoholic but good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamTheBarrel (521) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2015
750ml 2014 years vintage brown corked and caged bottle with a nicely designed Christmas themed label, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is clear dark mahogany with a large frothy beige head that settled quickly, leaving a little lacing. Aroma of spices, syrup loaf and orange peels. Flavours of spices, syrup loaf, orange peels, dates and liquorice. Taste is medium-light sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied, soft texture and average carbonation. Gouden Carolus Christmas is a great seasonal brew, its strong and flavorful, with traditional seasonal spices and just the right amount of sweetness.


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