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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
wildebeest (13) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2007
Overwhelming sweetness with hints of liquorice and cherries. Presents well in a glass, a deep rich amber colour. Nice to sip away on a cold night.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2007
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de caramel et d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est brune légèrement opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et d’épices avec une pointe de raisins. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de mélasse en arrière goût. (Rating #1396)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 24, 2007
NorCal December ’07 - An absolute pleasure of a beer to drink. Like Scaldis Noel, this beer is best savored during the later fall/winter months when it’s cold outside and you need some warmth inside. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel, green apples, bubblegum, and a touch floral. Mouthfel has a little harshness to it but gets better after a bit of breathing. Appearance is carmelized brown color, nice fluffy head with fantastic lacing. Flavors that dance on your tongue are brown sugar, caramel, ginger, dark fruits, licorice and alcohol. A slow, soft burn as the beer travels down your throat. A fantastic finish to a fantastic beer. Glad I have half a case of this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3532) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Bottle; poured a reddish brown color with medium to large off white head. Aroma was of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit and spice. Flavor was very similar. Malt dominated as expected. Brown sugar and chocolate malt presence was very tasty. Alcohol was well hidden. Dark fruits and spice were only secondary notes, but worked well. Moederately sweet. Very tasty brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - DEC 19, 2007
Pours a nice dark ruby brown with dense but small off-white head. Nose is serious licorice, mild fruitiness and pine. More licorice on the palate, which is quite smooth and thick without being overwhelming, but some nice cherry and dark fruits, maple syrup, and a solid menthol hop bitterness follow up. Alcohol is pretty present throughout. A nice, if unusual, take on the winter brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle, 75cl. The beer pours clear dark brown with a lightbrown head. Aroma is with caramel, malts and some spices. The flavor is very close to the aroma. The mouthfeel is rich and spiced, and has a great aftertaste. Overall one of the best seasonal beers on the market.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2007
750mL Bottle: Dark brown to black body w/ a huge light brown sugar head. Has some blood red in the body when the light catches it just right. Real sweet sugar, licorice & sweet malts in the aroma. All alcohol here, perhaps it needs some aging (one would think I’d learned my lesson w/ the Grand Cru). Perhaps this simply isn’t a style of beer that I enjoy. Maybe I’ll buy another one to age...probably not though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2007
(Bottle thanks larsniclas and rlgk) Pours deep reddish brown. The aroma is desert wine like with tones of sugar, light wood, sweet dark fruits but also lighter fruit tones of grapes, citrus/oranges, bananas, green apples, unripe pears, nectar and a light floral overtone. Malty tones of caramel and toffee. Some marzipan sweetness is also present. Hints of dark bread and liquorice. The flavour is nicely grapey vinous with some fruity tones of apples and pears. Too sweet finish with a lingering sugariness. Spicy and creamy yeast and malt mouthfeel. Alight sourish touch of dark berries is also notable. Medium to full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2007
The pour is splendid a dark brown, with a large off white head and great lacing. The nose is that of dark fruit, rum, malt and caramel. The flavor is pleasantly sweet up front followed with nice touches of dark fruit and vinous characteristics, not to mention just the right warming effect. Another great seasonal, can’t wait to age some and try this one again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Very nice... Interesting aromas of spice and earth, malt and caramel. The flavor is full of prune, banana, spice, malt, and alcohol. The blend is very nice, and has given me interest in aging a bottle for next year.


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