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


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RATINGS: 1233   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (2947) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2014
33cl bottle from Willemís. Dark brown pour, almost black with reddish tint, solide creamy tant foam. I could smell anise while pouring it. Aroma is quite herbal, lots of black licorice, rich malty caramel notes, molasses, fruity alcohol esters, very nice. Taste is rich, sweet, molasses like sweetness, toasted malt, black licorice, cardamom. Palate is full bodied, strong carbonation. A great BSA, a very cozy sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABT_S54 (129) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
1.5l bottle shared in a Trappist glass. Pours a dark brown with good viscosity and lively carbonation for such a strong beer. The taste is much the same as the Van Der Kaizer Blauw but is even more malt dominated. The only issue I have with this beer is the overpowering aniseed flavour - it really is too much. The flavours are all excellent and well proportioned but the aniseed takes over. However, it is probably the most Christmassy beer I have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (2085) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
Gouden Carolus Christmas. Bottle 330 ml at home, into a tulip glass. ABV 10.5% Deep brown red colour on the body, with deep red ruby shades when hold against the light. Two fingers of thick beige head with very good retention. Heavy lacing left around the glass. Aroma of spices, anice, light alcohol, light caramel. Taste is sweet with malts, caramel, fruity notes as well, even some bubblegum on the finish. The spices present again but quite subtle. The high alcohol is very well hidden, its presence given away only by a warming feeling on the body. Really good! Medium to medium thick body, the carbonation on good levels. Overall a very tasty beer and a great warmer, I got much more than I expected.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleksander9 (377) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 22, 2014
-Backlog- My favorite Christmas beer of 2011. With multiple layers of complexity, it is in its own league.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (555) - - JAN 21, 2014
Anise, plum, smokey aromas. Liquorice flavor, grape, caramel malt, peppery finish. Very smooth xmas brew despite the alcohol content, good way to keep yourself warm while enjoying lovely anise flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (518) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2014
Very dark brown, small bubbly tan head. Liquorice, spices, speculaas, caramel, salmiak. Taste is sweet, but with a slight tart finish and I swear I taste salty salmiak in there. Medium-light bodied, average carbonation, way thinner than I expected. Hmmm, bit weird stuff, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2060) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2014
Spicey and malty christmas beer. Yet, it is not overwhelmingly sweet, which is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JLDC (66) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2214) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sissio (543) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JAN 9, 2014
On tap at Birratrovo in Como Anise both in aroma and taste. Very well balanced. Full body. Great beer

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