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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
artemb (600) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAR 4, 2016
Look: dark brown-red with strong white head. Aroma: fruits, fresh wild mushrooms, Taste: moderate sweetness balanced with fruity sourness. Flavour: dark fruits, jam, some truffle-cheese-umami notes, liquorice, some warming spices. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ignorant (62) - madrid, SPAIN - FEB 16, 2016
Strong Dark Ale deep dark ruby red almost garnet. Cloudy, compact and abundant carbonation. little bubble. Mousse of soft cream tone but poor retention as their 10.5 noticeable and do not help to hold the foam in spite of having a good level of carbon, which quickly disappears leaving a thin layer. Very aromatic and complex. Malty character, sweet, fruity and spicy. notes of chocolate, licorice, anise, currants, berries, prunes and nuances of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or yeast own appear ..

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Teran (273) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 14, 2016
Nice chestnut red colour, clear with good beige top. Tobacco, licorice, malt, candy brown sugar caramel, anise, etc. Very nice taste, superb aroma. Distinguished Christmas beer. Sugar is high, but for Christmas it must be.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Linnet (1627) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2016
Yeasty, tobaccco, licorice, fruity, raisins, alcohol, brown/reddish colour, small beige head. Heavy sweetness, lightly bitter, salty, yeasty and warming, ABV evident. Fullbodied, lively carbonation, salty and warming sweetish finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blackisle (1922) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Opaque dark brown with red hue, small frothy tan head, settles quickly, light lacing; at first strong spicy aroma, licorice, anise, cinnamon, allspice, candy sugar; taste is heavy sweet, roasted malts, licorice, toffee, sugary, amaretto, with long duration, aftertaste is sweet, licorice, light roasted, burned caramel, alcohol; full-bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation; special and opulent brew, very spiced and certainly over the top.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (3195) - Troms, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2016
Look; fawny beige top on dark brown-ruby body. Aroma; sugar, wheat, dough, liquorice, leaves, grass. Taste; fruits, anise-liquorice, brown malts, sugar, leaves - sweet malty finish, liquoriced prunes. Feels well bodied, soft. Overall very sweet cough mixture. [33cl btl 10.5%abv BB.21.9.2018]

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rubin77 (860) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 13, 2016
F: good, off-white, average retention. C: very dark red to dark brown, clear. A: malt, anise-spicy, caramel, yeast. T: malt, very anise, orange, cloves, caramel, dried fruits, red fruits, brown sugar, liquorice, hint of plums, full body, good carbonated, very good beer worth to try.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2016
2010 750ml bottle pours a dark brown with an off white head. nice Belgian yeast taste with a winter spice finish

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmk (44) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2016
Draught @ Zwarte Doos (Eindhoven). Dark brown clear beer with solid head. Very spicy nose, kardemom, cinnamon, caramel and malts. Taste a bit sweet but not overly so. Spices and malts nicely balanced. Aftertaste caramel and malts and pepper. Very long lasting.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Raymonnezza (13) - - JAN 11, 2016
Great Christmas beer! Good taste, and superlative licorice aftertaste. Splendid foam and colour


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