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


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RATINGS: 1291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuideDogSaint (483) - Xiamen, CHINA - DEC 4, 2014
330ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of liquorice, raisins, fruit and mint. Sweet finish. Intense. Will get another one for Christmas!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
mjik83 (652) - - DEC 4, 2014
************************************************** mijn smaak + ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (1132) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 1, 2014
Couleur noire, reflets caramel, mousse qui disparait. Nez malt grillé, caramel, épices ( dont anis étoilé), alcool. Gout caramel grillé, épices (anis, cardamome, anis étoilé) et pain d’épices, note d’extrait de vanille. Corps cremeux et rond en bouche. Super

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyF (159) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
Tapp på bishop örebro. Svart med vitt skum. Doft av salt lakrits. Smak av söt lakrits.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TychoJames (182) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
Fat på Bishops arms örebro. Doft av lakrits anis och belgojäst. Bitter lakritssmak med julkryddor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wixie (71) - BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2014
Dark liquid, little head. Aroma of licorice and fruits. Full body, little carbonation. Taste is sweet and bitter and a bit salt, like licorice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
StilleStorm (892) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2014
DAA; Bottle 33 cl/ 330 ml. Pours dark brown with a moderate frothy to creamy, lacing, tan head. Nose and taste is heavy malt, heavy licorise and herbal, total "King of Danmark". Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to avarage.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Distance_Runner (68) - BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle from Del Haize Supermarket in Brussels. I can't yet describe the beers like you guys and Het Anker is one of my favorite and I had high expectations with Christmas beer but no I didn't like it. I don't know what it is but one of the aroma is like the taste of coughing syrup! I'm really sorry Het Anker...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BitchPls (591) - FINLAND - NOV 22, 2014
Dark brown, beige head. Spicy aroma, sweet bread, anis and salty liquorice (salmiakki). Flat carbonation. Sweet. Same kind of taste as the aroma with less salmiakki. A bit weird in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2463) - BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2014
Classic Belgian Christmas ale with light beige, creamy head, thinnish and slowly receding, over a deep wine-red to bronze coloured beer, clear. Strong and perfumey bouquet, utterly spicy, peppermint, eucalyptus, liquorice, cinnamon, coriander and allspice attack the nose, after which less obtrusive aromas appear: chocolate, banana, raisins, gingerbread, vanilla, caramel candy, candied orange, amaretto, figs, redcurrant. Taste begins with a strong candi sugar-like sweetness, candied dates and candied cherries, medium carbonation, soft and chocolatey malt backbone upon which the mixture of ethereal spices is built: retronasally the peppermint, allspice, eucalyptus and so on return in all their glory, almost like cough syrup, after which a yeasty, malty, boozy finish develops, with a slightly coffee-like touch and some herbal hops. It’s the candi-sweetness and the aromatic cough syrup spices which remain the longest, though. This is over the top even for a spiced winter warmer, but it has a kind of opulence making it worthwile to seek out. I normally do not like overly spiced or overly sweet beers, but an ale this complex can count on my sympathy: this is liquid Christmas cake and liquid Belgian chocolates, so it does serve its own purpose perfectly.

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