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

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RATINGS: 1295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (2049) - WALES - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle BB 2016. Very dark ruby red, big foamy off-white head, full lacing. Aroma is black-jack sweets, apple, sasparilla, aniseed. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste has lots more sasparilla cola, sweet and malty, no real bitterness, breathy alcohol. OK, a little too sweet and boozy to be great.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (651) - CROATIA - DEC 14, 2014
Cloudy brown color, thin white head. Aroma of malts, mint, spices, brown sugar. Taste is the same plus caramel and some fruitiness. Full body, soft carbonation. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Very good winter beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPAgutten79 (603) - Skui, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2014 Brunt utseende. Lavt skum. Aroma av lakris og malt. Smaken er lakris, karamell, brunt sukker og malt. Lakris dominerer! St! Medium konsistens.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregorymconway (141) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 Dark brown opaque body with huge creamy off white head, nice lacing. Aromas of icing, amaretto, plums and raisin, some chocolate. Very sweet, more light bodied than expected. Well integrated alcohol. Very pleasent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nilsas (1729) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2014
Lukt: Fin duft av friske frukter, lakris, kanel og noe annet kydder.
Utseende: Fin mrk rdbrun farge
Skum/kullsyre: Dekkende brunt skum.
Smak: Nydelig smak av lakris, krydder og frukter.
Hvor: "Kjpt@VP Verksgata, Stavanger, Nydt@Hjemme
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@10.5%
Kommentar: Kort sagt et nydelig desert l som gjerne kjpes igjen.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (1990) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Pours dark brown Amber with a very thin off white head. Aroma is prunes sweet candy more prunes. Flavor is all prunes and raisins. Very sweet. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ippopotamo36 (365) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 8, 2014
On tap at the Turbacci Xmas fest nearby Rome-ITALY. Pours reddish dark brown with a medium low off white foamy head. Nose: anise blast! Sambuca liquor. Mouth: round anise forward, Ballantines feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtu71 (116) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle. No head. Deep dark ruby, clear. Liqourice, spicies on aroma. Very strong, liqourice, cyrup. Oily thick palate with some carbons. Very rich and complex. Long bitter sweet after taste. Portwinesh. Very dominant liqourice.

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2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Holmen2 (1232) - NORWAY - DEC 7, 2014
Shared bottle at annual yule beer tasting on board Fridtjofen 06.12.14. Clear nutty brown. Aroma and taste of herbs and star anise.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Serapac (145) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle. Brown, beige head. Liquorice clearly dominates the aroma. Rather full body, medium carbonation. Taste mainly liquorice again, some chocolate. Nice beer objectively, the liquorice domination is a bit troubling for me personally. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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