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


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RATINGS: 1419   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dacrza (819) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2016
DATE TASTED: January 10, 2016... GLASSWARE: Affligem chalice... OCCASION: a low-key, high-family Sunday... APPEARANCE: dark burgundy/brown body that releases light only when held to it...head is cloudy with a marshy topography... small bubbles and some lily pads, but more head than expected from a beer fronting a 10+ ABV... AROMA: heavy on the anise, with spruce also making this a formidable brew to encounter... fig, fruitcake, plum and some pungent scents too... PALATE: begins with a vibrant, virile rush at the teeth, before approximating cola mid-body... the finish is lingering with warmth and weight... TASTE: anise-heavy licorice, plum, dates and fig ramp up the sugar rush, while earthy hops allude to a brown ale base...some toasted elements add to a wintry feel... OVERALL: a veritable dessert in itself, this beer ponies up the fruit bowl and purees that into a sweet, sugary winter warmer...I made the mistake (?) of gifting two friends with this before trying it myself, but no mistake after all--the cork and cager delivers with strength and flavor... I would rate this higher, but its core flavors (see above) are not ones I seek out when eating or drinking--no insult to this brew...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
graziano85 (418) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 6, 2016
Dark brown colour, with a red shne, and a nice creamy beige head, lasting. The aroma is great, lots of ripe fruits, ripe banana, raisins, figs, candi sugar, and by warming up also toffee comes to the nose. The taste is clearly sweet, again comes the raisins, figs, dried plums, but then the sweetness is well balanced by a licorice/toffee note. Low carbonation, oily texture, and incredibly easy to drink, I dont feel at all the 10,5% alcohol! Great, maybe the best Christmas beer I tried till now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
alchemyst (12) - SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 5, 2016
Liquorice and stone fruit on nose, rich sweet molasses maltiness. Dark brown, almost opaque with red highlights. Thin off-white head doesn't linger. Solid kick of molasses and well-rounded malty sweetness almost hides the alcoholic warmth. Finish is sweet but clean.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bawelt (491) - Lyon, FRANCE - JAN 4, 2016
Le nez est un vrai pain dpice ! On sent parfaitement la rglisse, lanis, le caramel. La bouche est moins riche : TRS sucre et sirupeuse. Joli corps mais reste trop simple. Un dessert trs sympa mais pas plus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (808) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2016
Medium/heavy aroma of malts, caramel, liquorice, Belgian yeast and spices.

Turbid/opaque ruby/dark brown beer with a slight/medium beige head.

Heavy sweet and slightly bitter with malts, caramel, liquorice, Belgian yeast and spices.

Had this beer during the winter, now having it during the summer. It is an amazing tasteful beer which is really complex, yet still fairly easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shot (411) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin creamy beige head. Aromas of chocolate, toffee, raisin and whiskey. Flavors are vanilla, cream, cola, chocolate, dark fruits, toffee, whiskey and spice. Light and creamy mouthfeel. Noticeable booziness. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4039) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2015
Keg @ The Crown Inn, Wellington, Shropshire. First glass was pure line-cleaner. Unfortunately, despite getting a replacement I couldnt get the line-cleaner out my mouth. Poured very dark brown with a cream head. Aroma is aniseed, spice and line-cleaner. Taste continues with good dark fruits and spice. And line-cleaner. Ugh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baramba (816) - ITALY - DEC 29, 2015
bottle. Dark brown with off-white head. Caramel aroma, strong sweet caramel flavour, ripe fruits, plum,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llkc (1431) - rhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2015
duft lakrids stjerne anis malt sd smag: sd lakrids maltet anis sd maltet lidt karamel lidt ristet malt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopverdju (553) - BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2015
Kastanje (mahonie) bruin bier met rijke wit-beige schuimkraag. Fruitige geur, zeste van sinaasappel. Smaak: zeer zoet, sinaas, zoethout, anijs. Zoete afdronk. Verrassende smaak en leuk voor ntje.

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