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


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RATINGS: 1343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (2130) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2015
Flaska från SB. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, torkad frukt, honung, örter, kanel, anis, brunt socker, ljus sirap med toner av julkryddor. Söt, rund och len med fin beska. Välbalanserd och väl dold alkohol. Hade tjänat på att lagras.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Xebbe (132) - - JAN 10, 2015
Lakritsdoft. Lätt sirapslimpa doft. Smaken är god men tunn. Inte lika bra som deras påsköl. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gopherfan99 (912) - CROATIA - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle; pours dark amber with a thin beige head; sweet aroma of licorice and dark fruit with hints of caramel and spices; taste is also sweet with caramel, dark fruit and licorice with hints of yeast, malt and spice; finish is dry with a little more spice; alcohol is well hidden; pretty good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Excalibur123 (268) - Soria, SPAIN - JAN 4, 2015
Color ámbar oscuro con escasa corona de espuma que mantiene una fina capa en copa; aromas a caramelo, azúcar candy, ciruelas pasas y anís, en boca entrada media con notas dulces y a especias; el alcohol está presente; cerveza de Navidad con buen cuerpo, carbónico ligero y muy dulce y alcohólica.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
janubio (527) - SPAIN - JAN 4, 2015
Deep broown colour, with red reflections to the light. Medium beige head that does not hold for too long, but leaves a good lace. Smell of earth, spices, maybe pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, dried fruits, candy, anis, licorice... Medium body and carbonation, it felles great in the palate, creamy and rich. Taste of licorice, dried fruits, clove, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (1180) - Besançon, FRANCE - JAN 2, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Au nez, caramel, alcool, rhum. Légère amertume au palais. Sucre candi en finale. Pas mal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FinkBeer (15) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
This is a as complete a Noël beer gets, with the lovely sweet nose, but deviating from a typical Belgian ale with a bit less in bubbles department, leaving it softer, sweeter and spicier. They really nailed what otherwise could have been a very heavy feeling beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fkoolen (584) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 Bottle at home. Deep dark brown colour, beige foamy head. Sweet aroma and taste with herbs and spices like clove and cinnamon, ginger, dried fruits, light anis, but mainly cough syrup and liquorice. Firm body, medium carbonation, oily mouthfeel. Well executed Christmas ale (which is not my favourite style of beer apparently).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jamesthebrit (351) - 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! That’s 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 don’t like licorice so this isn’t 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 (841) - 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

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