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

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RATINGS: 1339   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
janubio (467) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (1085) - Besanon, FRANCE - JAN 2, 2015
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Au nez, caramel, alcool, rhum. Légère amertume au palais. Sucre candi en finale. Pas mal.

4.3
   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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fkoolen (470) - 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).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jamesthebrit (322) - 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! Thats 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 dont like licorice so this isnt the beer for me. Still a reall well executed beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (803) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Percy0103 (241) - 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 Im a person who loves anis). I dont think I could finish the 750ml bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
miggle (235) - Frth, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2014
Very dark with a good Head. Smell has roasted malt and caramel. Carmel is very dominant in taste. Nice sweetness.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
strap (540) - 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 wouldve been near perfect

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickFifty (601) - 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.


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