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


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RATINGS: 1227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1028) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Rating #883 - January 5, 2014 - Live Rating - nth day of #beermas 2013 - 750mL bottle, 10.5%. Clear, dark brown pour, bubbly tan head that fades to a ring in my St. Ambroise chalice. Aroma is treacle tart, cherries, black licorice, toasted fennel. Taste is alcohol, toffee malts, licorice, fennel, cherries. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElectroMod (87) - - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle from Y Delyn Wine Bar, Mold. Pours a dark brown with a long lasting off white head. Aroma is marzipan, treacle and dark fruits. Taste is sweet treacle and slightly spicy. Slight bitterness that comes on the back. Nice carbonation and warmness from the alcohol, a real wintery treat!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DwarfeD (701) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2014
Draught at Lobbes. Dark slightly reddish brown with a small off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Medium sweet- and bitterness. Spices, chocolate, dried fuits, licorice, caramel and alcohol. A tad too spicy for my taste, but overall a nice winter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (1428) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Dark brown beer with small beige head. Aroma isn’t as strong as I was expecting, some dark treacle and dried fruit. The taste is dark treacle, rich dark fruits, spices, sweetish malts and some alcohol. Quite chewy with some oiliness. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sissio (417) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JAN 9, 2014
On tap at Birratrovo in Como Anise both in aroma and taste. Very well balanced. Full body. Great beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffLover (88) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Pours a dark brown with little head. Smells of dried fruit and a little spice. Very smooth with a hint of licorice. Tasty but not my favorite. I’ll age the other bottle and see how it is next year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JLDC (57) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2014
Colour: Deep brown, coffee coloured. Hint of a beige head. Nose: Very strong anise aroma. Underlying tones of spices, licorice, cough syrup, roasted malts. Anise overshadows most other aromas. Flavours: cough drop, caramel and candy sugar sweetness. Dark chocolate, coffee, pastis-like anise flavours. Dark fruits and seasonal spices. Very complex. Finish: Long, warming, spicy, alcoholic. Quite strong. Verdict: Very good Christmas ale. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
txitxi40230 (72) - - JAN 3, 2014
Bu en bouteille de 33cl, belle couleur, sans mousse, goût très prononcer de caramel/ anis /Réglisse, trescbien proportionnées.. excellentes bières de noël....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2180) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Ruby red in colour. Aroma is fruity with dark cherries, chocolate. Flavour was peppery, yeasty, with some alcohol. Finishes with some mild bitterness and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinte (301) - Udine, ITALY - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle 0.75L. Brown body with a huge, frothy, tan head, mostly lasting with nice lacing. Complex aroma: moderate-to-heavy malty (caramel, slightly roasted) character with notes of red fruits(cherries), raisins, alcohol realated spices and light licorice; liquor sensation is also felt. Intense sweet flavour with moderate bitter character more evident in the finish. Full body with velvety texture; soft carbonation.

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