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


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RATINGS: 1361   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 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 (196) - 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 (1250) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erzengel (6249) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2015
*Old rating, best before 19.11.06. Intense dark fruity caramelly beer. Smooth and round for the 10.5%. Dark dried fruits, malty intense body, great!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
climberbob (318) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle into tulip. Good thick foam on dark beer. Strong anise aroma and dominating flavor. Sweet caramel and dried fruit. Pairs well with Christmas pudding. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VDuquerroux (825) - Airvault, FRANCE - FEB 2, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2015 Bottle, 33cL. Home. A sparkling dark brown beer ; medium off-white head with a good retention ; good lacing. Spicy roasty aroma (licorice, star anise), toast, herbs, alcohol. Medium to heavy sweet, light to medium dry bitter ; round. Voluptuous body, medium texture, average carbonation, sweet spicy warming lasting finish. Overall, a really good spicy christmas ale ; wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joe19612 (2301) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin beige head, strong malty aroma with some burnt sugar, taste is sweet at first then comes comes bitterness with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bierridder_S (416) - 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 (1166) - 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

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