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


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RATINGS: 1359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
de_belg (14) - - OCT 24, 2015
Weinig aroma maar een overweldige smaak: zeer kruidig, drop, zoerhout, caramel, zowel zoet als zuur met subtiele bitterheid.. Eindigend met een warm gevoel! Heerlijk!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (4597) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2015
12/10/2010 8:30:34 AM Bottle from Beer Planet. Dark brown body with puffy, pinkish head. Nose of malts and fruits. Taste quite sweet, wheaty and alcy. The whole thing is too much for me, too much alcohol and too much sugar. Overrated in my humble opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2744) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Deep toffee colored pour. Big slight tan head. Plenty of lacing. Sugar and spice in the nose. Boozy mouth with notes of the sugar, plums and spice. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle from Dranken Pauwels. Very dark brown, thin beige head which dissipates quickly. Nose is very Christmassy. Reminds me of Sasparilla. Clove, liquorice, maybe coriander, very fruity, then the classic Gouden carolus: red wine vinous, dark chocolate, dark fruit, prune, raisin, fig, pine cone. Taste is liquorice, clove, coriander, prune, raisin, fig, dark chocolate. Dominated by the liquorice and something spicy and pine. Nice Christmas version of the classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bozo_skeleton (824) - Grenoble, FRANCE - AUG 12, 2015
Brune, belle carbo et collet epais et persistant. Des aromes plein le nez d’ anis etoile, de reglisse, de caramel Les epices ressortent egalement de facon vive en bouche. Le corps est bien rond et le taus d’alcool un peu traitre car on ne le sent qu’apres coup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craighill (83) - GERMANY - AUG 7, 2015
After deep mahogany-brown pour with almost no head, strong liquorice and caramel aroma. Taste is similar, some additional herbals from somewhere, with dry finish that includes bitterness from a roasted malt. High carbonation. Complex, unhinged, nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamaty (1545) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 9, 2015
Casi negra, casi opaca. Espuma reducida, cremosa. Aroma muy potente y sabroso. Puding, dulce malta. Textura excelente, baja carbonatación. Compleja y rica en boca con sabor de tono dulce y licor, con muchos recuerdos: higos, caramelo, chocolate y un final de vainilla que queda en boca, mezclado con el calor alcohólico de rico licor, muy equilibrado. Espléndida, norma de la casa

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2570) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pre 2008 vintage. Pours a very dark clear brown with huge white head. Aromas of earthy dark fruit and licorice. Flavors of flat cola, allspice, anise, leather and dark caramel. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keith0718 (430) - Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2015
Nice Christmas seasonal. The herbs are not overwhelming but add a subtle touch to an already great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cassius (93) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2015
Ruikt en smaakt zeer zoet, haast naar drop. Mooie donkere kleur, haast zwart. Echt een kerstbiertje voor de koude dagen. Dat is wel meteen het nadeel. Het bier is vooral zoet en zwaar. Je zal hier niet scherper van worden...

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