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


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RATINGS: 1239   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
Philym (1004) - 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 (987) - 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. Im 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 (2214) - 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 (705) - - FEB 23, 2014
Pours a dark copper brown. Smells and tastes of dark fruits and spices. Very strong and complex flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2014
On tap at Bottleworks, pours a deep dark amber brown with a medium beige head. Aroma brings out rock candy, rubber, and bubblegum. Flavour tastes a lot better than it smells, with notes of bubblegum, candied sugar and some Belgian yeast. Quite sweet, but not cloying. Well-rounded, but not very elegant. Solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2167) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Draft at Max?s Belgian Beer Festival. Pours dark copper brown with a fizzy white head and some lacing. Tastes slightly sour, fizzy, like grape juice, raisins, caramel, tobacco, and alcohol. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like raisins, sweet syrup, buttery nut, and booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3570) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Tap at Maxs. Pours cola brown with creamy off-white head. Aroma is cookie and bready malts, caramel, faint spice, fig, raisins, floral notes, and faint nutmeg. Flavor is chewy bready malts, plenty of dark fruit sweetness, faint vanilla, faint spices, and faint floral notes; dry finish. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vcoggins (39) - Cypress, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours a dark brown red color with a tan head. Aroma is wonderful dark fruit, brown sugar, and some kind of spice. Taste is sweet malty, toffee, raisins, cherry, plum and spices such as clove and light pepper. Mouthfeel is slightly thick, slick, and oily. Carbonation is on the high side like many Belgian beers. Alcohol is well hidden. A beer definitely on the sweet side but that is just my style. Great beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DMLINAZ (297) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Got a 4 pack on sale after Christmas at Total Wine; split a bottle. Delicious dark ale. Flavor of molasses, brown sugar, raisins, roasted malts. Warming. Watch the high ABV, because this is easy to drink.

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