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


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RATINGS: 1343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bierridder_S (245) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oscbert (1145) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2870) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
leghorn99 (115) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rob_D_UK (1265) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Pours a deep mahogany with a thin white head. Almost a brandyesque aroma. Taste is quite alcoholic but good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamTheBarrel (624) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoNm (1503) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JAN 13, 2015
Pours a dark brown color, topped with a decent beige colored head. Sweet and malty aroma, notes of sherry and some spices. Taste starts sweet, a little flat, some wintery spices in there, but quite malty. Not my favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
libertine (286) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with a two finger tan head. Aroma is sweet. Dark fruits, licorice, nutmeg and biscuits. flavor is also very sweet. Spice, dark cherries, dark rum, black licorice. alcohol is not overpowering but is present. full bodied with a syrupy mouth feel. Dry,sweet boozy finish. Definitely a good beer on a cold night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 11, 2015
A cm of creme-brulee head, medium-fine, frothy, on top of a very cloudy medium-brown liquid with chunks of sediment afloat therein. Aroma is light caramelized raisin, bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, cherry, clove, touch of pine, hint of cedar. body is medium-heavy, syrupy, moderate carbonation, coarse, medium-light burn. Flavor is spiced candy, bread and toasted corn muffin. Holly. A touch hot. An OK Noel - Im not a huge fan of the spicing. I wish it were cut in half or to a third, even. A bit cloying in terms of sweetness in the flavor. Additionally, the body is excessively heavy for a Belgian style. Perhaps the beer should have been more highly attenuated in fermentation. I dont feel like finishing it...

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