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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1348   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 15/20
Rob_D_UK (1280) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2015
Pours a deep mahogany with a thin white head. Almost a brandyesque aroma. Taste is quite alcoholic but good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamTheBarrel (677) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2015
750ml 2014 years vintage brown corked and caged bottle with a nicely designed Christmas themed label, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is clear dark mahogany with a large frothy beige head that settled quickly, leaving a little lacing. Aroma of spices, syrup loaf and orange peels. Flavours of spices, syrup loaf, orange peels, dates and liquorice. Taste is medium-light sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied, soft texture and average carbonation. Gouden Carolus Christmas is a great seasonal brew, its strong and flavorful, with traditional seasonal spices and just the right amount of sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MarkoNm (1804) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - JAN 13, 2015
Pours a dark brown color, topped with a decent beige colored head. Sweet and malty aroma, notes of sherry and some spices. Taste starts sweet, a little flat, some wintery spices in there, but quite malty. Not my favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
libertine (293) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with a two finger tan head. Aroma is sweet. Dark fruits, licorice, nutmeg and biscuits. flavor is also very sweet. Spice, dark cherries, dark rum, black licorice. alcohol is not overpowering but is present. full bodied with a syrupy mouth feel. Dry,sweet boozy finish. Definitely a good beer on a cold night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1002) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 11, 2015
A cm of creme-brulee head, medium-fine, frothy, on top of a very cloudy medium-brown liquid with chunks of sediment afloat therein. Aroma is light caramelized raisin, bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, cherry, clove, touch of pine, hint of cedar. body is medium-heavy, syrupy, moderate carbonation, coarse, medium-light burn. Flavor is spiced candy, bread and toasted corn muffin. Holly. A touch hot. An OK Noel - Im not a huge fan of the spicing. I wish it were cut in half or to a third, even. A bit cloying in terms of sweetness in the flavor. Additionally, the body is excessively heavy for a Belgian style. Perhaps the beer should have been more highly attenuated in fermentation. I dont feel like finishing it...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (2242) - Malm, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2015
Flaska frn SB. Smak och doft av humle, malt, karamell, torkad frukt, honung, rter, kanel, anis, brunt socker, ljus sirap med toner av julkryddor. St, rund och len med fin beska. Vlbalanserd och vl dold alkohol. Hade tjnat p att lagras.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Xebbe (146) - - 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 (983) - 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 (287) - Soria, SPAIN - JAN 4, 2015
Color mbar oscuro con escasa corona de espuma que mantiene una fina capa en copa; aromas a caramelo, azcar candy, ciruelas pasas y ans, en boca entrada media con notas dulces y a especias; el alcohol est presente; cerveza de Navidad con buen cuerpo, carbnico ligero y muy dulce y alcohlica.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
janubio (556) - 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.

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