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


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RATINGS: 1335   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jamesthebrit (316) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Herbaceous. Plum. Date. Tons of dates. Raisin. Something earthy... Like oregano. Almost like a subtle peppermint. Bubblegum. Grape. Looks... Ummm gross? Sort of like a hazy brown like... When you drink too much coffee.... And then eat a really spicy burrito.... And also have the flu. You know. Taste is better than the smell. More balanced. Dates. Sweet. Ginger. Boozy. Licorice! Thatís what it is. Palate is smooth. Dry. Nice finish. Overall not as good as other Gouden carolus beers but still solid. Licorice is overwhelming. And I donít like licorice so this isnít the beer for me. Still a reall well executed beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (799) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
This beer is straight black licorice aroma appearance and flavor. Really unique and interesting went great with the salmon we had with raisin caper butter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (234) - MEXICO - DEC 31, 2014
Reviewed on 26/12/14. Bottle, 330ml. A chestnut beer with a small white head that fades away quickly. Intense aroma of anis, dried fruits and caramel. Bittersweet taste with a strong alcoholic finish. Heavy chacarter that reminds me a lot of anis. Strong astringency and moderate carbonation. Not very drinkable. Good, but at the end the anis in the aroma and the taste is too much (and Iím a person who loves anis). I donít think I could finish the 750ml bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
miggle (225) - FŁrth, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2014
Very dark with a good Head. Smell has roasted malt and caramel. Carmel is very dominant in taste. Nice sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
strap (514) - 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 wouldíve been near perfect

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickFifty (570) - 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 (576) - 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 (599) - 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
craftbeersweden (252) - SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2014
Clear, dark mahogny colored beer with a two finger high, offwhite head.

Nose: licorice, herbs, toth-paste! (I know itís 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? Iím not shure if I like it or hate it... Not what I expected.
Almoust like a big bottle of Jšgermeister. Well I have to decide... For this money you can buy great beer - This is not great, it is strange... I donít want strange... So conclusion - Buy something else!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sdaniel90 (463) - 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.

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