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


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RATINGS: 1406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ramboraffe (1532) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2015
330 ml bottle at MS Rosella. Hazy brown with off white head. Fruity, dried fruit, caramel, candu sugar and candy. Semi sweet with low bitterness and medium carbonation. Very good with chocolate muffin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (1535) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2015
Bottle at home, 21st December 15. Pours dark brown, the aroma is amassed, not liquorice, but more anis, taste is aniseed forward, some other spice, dark fruit, raisins. OK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bygers (1100) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle 0,33l. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aromas of sweet licorice, spices, malts, caramel. Taste has fudge, lot of anis, sweet licorice, orange, malt, caramel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Turtles (1207) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2015
Tap @ Bishops Arms Hornsgatan. Very dark, slightly tanned rich lacing head. Licorice aroma with malt, caramel, molasses, dark dried fruit and toffee. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonated. Big sweet licorice taste with toffee, roasted malt, molasses and milk chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciocanelu (600) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - DEC 14, 2015
Review from notes. Dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma pops with star anise / liquorice and dark sugar. Taste follows with the same liquorice note, dark fruits and syrupy sweetness. Really interesting dark sugar / liquorice profile. This is probably my favorite belgian Christmas beer from the ones I had so far.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
vincentvega72 (217) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2015
Donkerrood helder bier met crmekleurige schuimkraag die goed aan het glas blijft plakken. Overduidelijk aroma en smaak van anijs. Maar wel heel zacht en vol van smaak. Beetje kruidnagel, drop, zoethout. Nooit het gevoel dat je een bier van 10,5 % zit te drinken. Een lekkere sluipmoordenaar.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (654) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottled August 6th 2015. It pours a clear chestnut with a small off white head of foam. The smell I noticed as soon as I removed the cork. Anise in abundance. Its hard to get past that. Some sweet candi sugar notes. . Anise, candi sugar, quite sweet this is. Okay, now that palate familiarity has set in, I can taste some dark pitted fruit goodness. Plum and raisin. Despite the temporary reprieve from the anise, I reckon that this Noel is too 1 dimensional for the style. High end of medium bodied, lively carbonated, more than a little boozy, this doesnt bring out any Christmas cheer for me. Super glad that I got a chance to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bosbouw (2331) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2015
Karabijn rode kleur met een volle kraag. Ruikt drop, zoethout, kruiden Smaakt zoetig, drop laurier. Beetje kruidig, bitterkoekjes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1469) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 7, 2015
On tap @ Akkurat, Sotckholm - SE. Color: deep dark black beer with brown reflection, no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: high spicy anise nose. Caramel and rich sweet malt. Brown sugar finish. Taste: full body with ni caramel malt and anise with licorice finish. Very nice sweet spicy beer. Good attenuation. Belgian yeast. Not so much alcohol taste. Aftertaste: sweet malt and brown sugar and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jelledebont (89) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2015
Vloeibaar drop. Ik heb nooit bier op dat zo erg naar drop smaakt. En dan zou je denken dat dit dus geen lekker bier is, maar integendeel: verrassend goed. In woorden is dat eigenlijk niet uit te leggen, want hoe leg je nu uit dat vloeibaar drop goed te drinken is? Overigens moet ik er wel bij opmerken dat n glas van dit spul op een avond meer dan genoeg is.

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