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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (874) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2016
Aroma:
Medium/heavy aroma of malts, caramel, liquorice, Belgian yeast and spices.

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

Taste/Palate:
Heavy sweet and slightly bitter with malts, caramel, liquorice, Belgian yeast and spices.

Overall:
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shot (436) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (4154) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baramba (861) - ITALY - DEC 29, 2015
bottle. Dark brown with off-white head. Caramel aroma, strong sweet caramel flavour, ripe fruits, plum,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llkc (1472) - rhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2015
duft lakrids stjerne anis malt sd smag: sd lakrids maltet anis sd maltet lidt karamel lidt ristet malt

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopverdju (609) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patdelichte (211) - - DEC 27, 2015
26-12-2015, Delft, flink gegist 1 woord: bijzonder! Mooie donkere kleur met redelijk veel schuim. Je moet ervan houden maar heeft een enorme drop/anijs smaak. Persoonlijk vind ik dit weinig meer met bier te maken hebben maar bij speciale gelegenheid zoals kerst is het wel lekker en weer eens wat anders.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Franckg (1120) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
Robe brune fonce aux reflets caramel, col de mousse blanc et onctueux. Armes danis, sucre brun, pte biscuit, baies confites, malt et figue. En bouche, got prononc danis et confitures de mres et bleuets. Ensuite viennent de la cassonade, malt et sirop de mas. Le haut taux dalcool est bien cach. Texture paisse et soyeuse, corps bien rond, faible carbonatation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1507) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle from Johns with Christmas lunch. Dark brown, small beige head. Carmel and candy sweetness, some dark fruit flavors, semi-sweet finish. A little too colaish when first opened, but that mellowed out as it breathed/warmed.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBHansen (713) - Kge, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2015
Draught @ DE (stored for 1 year). Appearance: pours clear reddish brown with good off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: brown sugar, orange, alcohol, spices, anise, dried fruits + raisins. palette: strong spicy and yeasty aroma, average to sparkling carbonation, full body, notable sugar sweetness, somewhat balanced by a medium bitterness, long duration and an oily texture. Overall: very good and complex Christmas beer - the 1 year storage rounds it off very well.


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