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


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RATINGS: 1331   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
strap (503) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 30, 2014
fairly good beer, only drawback was the licorice flavor that was very present. otherwise very good winter belgian ale. if i liked licorice, this beer would’ve been near perfect

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickFifty (532) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2014
Red-brown color, small beige head. Candi sugar nose, cough drop, anise, ginger, dried fruit, hint of alcohol. Sweet fruity taste, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, licorice. Full body, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PapaVillum (562) - Valby, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2014
75 cl, flaske, 10,5 % ABV, 2013-version BB 23/10/15, købt i SuperBest på Østerbro, 30. december 2014. Mørk kastanjefarvet ufiltreret belgisk juleøl á la Strong Belgian Ale med fin moccafarvet skumtop på 1-2 cm, som svinder til kant og overflade efter et par minutter. Roligt glas øl. Skøn vinøs aroma af blomme, rosin, portvin, alkohol. Sød- og syrlig på én gang. Smagen er overvejende sødlig, men øllet er samtidig komplekst med en en fin balance mellem det søde og det bitre. Syrligheden spiller også fint inde. Opsummering: solid kraftig sødme, medium bitter og let syrlig. Intet salt/umami her. Stor fyldig krop, men en karbonering der - til min smag - er et nøk for kraftig. Øllet skummer meget i munden og vinder meget ved "afbrusning". I det hele taget kan det anbefales at åbne øllet i rigtig god tid og stå og lade det få de 12 grader før servering. Konsistensen er cremet til klæbrig og fedtet og eftersmagen dejlig lang, bittersød og gær'et. En sød, men mesterlig juleøl fra Het Anker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (575) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Comes off a little sweet. Really has a nice taste of space. Is a good winter beer but probably best in small doses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chribban (238) - SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2014
Clear, dark mahogny colored beer with a two finger high, offwhite head.

Nose: licorice, herbs, toth-paste! (I know it’s crazy), peppermint, milk and ice-cream.
Taste: Licorice, salmiak, peppermint, honey, syrup, brown sugar and sugar, sugar, sugar.... This is SWEEET!
Body: Medium body with a light, crisp, carbonation. The sweetness is overwhelming. The ABV: 10.5% is well hidden.

WTF is this? I’m not shure if I like it or hate it... Not what I expected.
Almoust like a big bottle of Jägermeister. Well I have to decide... For this money you can buy great beer - This is not great, it is strange... I don’t want strange... So conclusion - Buy something else!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sdaniel90 (459) - Mexico City, MEXICO - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle, 33cl. Deep mahagony with a foamy to minimal tan head. Intense aromas of anis, dried fruits and alcohol. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sharply sweet and bitter, with the anis off balance and overwhelming. Robust and complex, but more than a few sips and it becomes unbearable. Excellent on specific occasions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_est_deus (789) - örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
Klar, mörkt brun-röd med ett kraftigt orange skum. Doft: Lakrits och salmiak hals tablett, salva, örter, turkiskpeppar koncentrat utan sprit. Smak: Samma som doft + bröst socker, must.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (770) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
750ml bottle bottled 06/08/12. Pours a deep ruby with a thin, off white head that leaves a coating in the glass. Aroma has great notes of candies dark fruits, spice, candy sugar, and Belgian yeast. Taste is balanced. Candies raisin and dark fruits, candy sugar, and some spices. Medium body with a medium-high carbonation. Clean in the mouth with an effervescent carbonation and a dry finish. Overall a really nice brew for the holidays.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MMR (397) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
Not too much of a fan of this beer. The first couple of sips are alright but after a while the ginger-bread hint in the aroma started to annoy me incredibly. Didn’t even finish it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (753) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 25, 2014
Dark ruby colour, beigr head. Aroma of anise, candy sugar, clove, red wine. Taste is Medium sweet, slightly bitter. Medium body, slick texture, soft to average carbonation.

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