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


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RATINGS: 1357   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bodega95 (85) - - MAR 31, 2015
75cl bottle. Wow! This is fantastic seasonal strong belgian beer. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Sweet malty aromas with dried fruit, spices. Sweet flavors of brown sugar. I know what Iím buying next Crhistmas

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (2089) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
15.12.2014. Color of cola. Aroma is very sweet, intense anise, liquorice, spices. Taste has strong sweet liquorice, also anise is still there. This is good but sweetness and strangeish notes are too strong. Some taste of alcohol also in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1397) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2015
750ml bottle of 2013 bottling. Pours a black color with a lot of frothy head. Mildly sweet caramel and some licorice spice. The spice balances nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
anthony850 (403) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Smooth and malty. Very high alc. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zekada (427) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle from systembolaget. Pours dark amber with a medium beige head. Not really a rich smell though some raisins, malts and what I guess are fusel alcohol. Taste is strong and complex. A sweet and fruity taste. Palate is relatively thin though it is quiet drinkable. Overall a decent Christmas beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lello4ever (330) - ITALY - MAR 9, 2015
Birra stappata dopo oltre un anno dallíacquisto. Marrone con leggeri riflessi rossastri, schiuma beige cremosa ma quasi assente. Intenso aroma di spezie, al palato molto dolce, caramello, liquirizia. Carbonazione media, alcol molto in evidenza. Finale pieno e caldo. Una splendida bevuta per le fredde serate, da gustare a piccoli sorsi.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
ntense and complex nose; esters, port, dried fruit and banana. Reasonably dry and malty with lightly bitter finish. Quite hard on the spices but i liked it. Gonna cellar for some years

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brucebruce81 (318) - Wyoming, USA - FEB 15, 2015
This beer was too much on the alcohol side and not enough on the flavor. It's profile was masked by how strong it was, overall not a big fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianza_ale (195) - ITALY - FEB 15, 2015
33cl teku. Pours an abundant tanned beige head, nice, creamy very dense; brown almost black colour, ruby reflexes. Smells important and wrapping: big anice aroma, spices, dried fruits, clove, vanilla, cinammon; a complex sweet spiced simphony. Tastes dried fruits, anice, sweet licorice, brown sugar, maple syrup; medium to high sweetness, moderate to medium "licorice-ish" bitterness. Medium to full body, soft/moderate carbonation, creamy texture. Quite drinkable for being 10.5, similar in some notes to the keizer blue, extremly complex. One of the absolute best xmas ales

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimplySike (1246) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
33cl. Bottle.
Pours clear dark brown with tan head.
Aroma spice, anise, licorice, caramel, brown sugar.
Taste anise sweets, spicy bitter.
Mouthfeel creamy, some carbo.
Great beer.

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