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


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RATINGS: 1417   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1486) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle from John’s with Christmas lunch. Dark brown, small beige head. Carmel and candy sweetness, some dark fruit flavors, semi-sweet finish. A little too colaish when first opened, but that mellowed out as it breathed/warmed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBHansen (690) - Køge, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2015
Draught @ DØE (stored for 1 year). Appearance: pours clear reddish brown with good off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: brown sugar, orange, alcohol, spices, anise, dried fruits + raisins. palette: strong spicy and yeasty aroma, average to sparkling carbonation, full body, notable sugar sweetness, somewhat balanced by a medium bitterness, long duration and an oily texture. Overall: very good and complex Christmas beer - the 1 year storage rounds it off very well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjakopa (264) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - DEC 25, 2015
Pours a hazy dark red, light brown colour. Caramel sweet smell with some hints of alcohol. A sweeter taste and fuller strong body. Especially interesting are the hints of cinnamon and other christmas type flavours that are present. An interesting beer enjoyed around the holidays

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3219) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2015
December 25, 2015. Bottle, best before september 4, 2017.
Clear dark reddish brown with a small creamy tan head. Aroma is anise, toffee, figs, fruity esters, spicy yeast and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet malty and fruity, soft bitter. Finish is sweet with dark bread, figs, dates, licorice, dark sugars,light bitterness and some spices and warming alcohol. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.
Good malty and quite licorice forward strong ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Patersoi (147) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2015
Pours deep golden brown with a thick creamy head. Aniseed dominates the bouquet. Plenty of malt sweetness on the front palate but aniseed is in abundance and overpowers. It lingers through to the finish.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Haavard (70) - NORWAY - DEC 24, 2015
Aroma: anise, dark fruits, Taste: malt, dark fruits, anise, Very complex and long lasting flavor, highly recommended ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hallstein (419) - Skogn, NORWAY - DEC 24, 2015
Aroma of anise, flavour has liqourice, caramel, bread. Dry nice finish. Some candisugar in the finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ShonaIi (20) - HUNGARY - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle at PaterMarcus. Pours dark almost black, with a thin beige quickly disappearing head. Aroma of licorice and anise, a bit maltiness. Taste starts sweet, followed by an intense anise-licorice feeling. Medium carbonation, 10.5% alcohol is well hidden. To be honest, i hate licorice, so this wont be any of my favourite beers but i can recommend it to someone who is not a big fan of beer but is looking for a sweet christmassy feeling. Its an interesting chritmas beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ysok02 (796) - MOns, BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2015
Robe brune dense, mousse crémeuse. Nez puissant sur des notes chocolatées, mentholées, épicées et fruitées. Bouche à l’attaque ample, épicée, onctueuse, milieu de bouche concentré et longue finale réglissée. Une bière puissante et onctueuse, typiquement ce que l’on attend d’une bière de noël.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anstei (984) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle. An almost flowery and spring-like aroma next to strong malts and sweetness. Some lime, some... Cough syrup? Thick and heavy taste, sweet, lively carbonized. Some liquorice, some anis. Beautiful!

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