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


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RATINGS: 1296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2753) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle: Pours dark amber with a large beige head. Nice lacings. Nose dominated by burned malt, caramel and anis. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, dark fruits, licorice, coffee and brown sugar. Full bodied. Molasses texture. Sweet and alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2006
Very dark copper with a thick cloudy light brown head. Aroma of alcohol, warm malt, brown sugar and light Belgian yeast. Sweet flavour almost like a brown sugar liqueur. Alcohol is very present but not overpowering. Flavour is like a marshmallow candy with a trace of Cinnamon.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8497) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2006
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet (Harstad). Nice beige-yellow foam over a hazy, dark orange body. Candy sweet smell dominated by anise. There is also good amounts of anise in flavour. Hints of sweet, ripe citrus fruits remain in the background. A bit port-like impression. Aftertaste of yeast and warming alcohol. Almost full mouthfeel, but gets a bit too sweet and carbonated (13.12.2006).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zenhiker (2) - FINLAND - DEC 13, 2006 does not count
Cyrup like aroma with hints of complex set of flavours, malts and hints of cinnamon. Nice reddish brown colour, nice small bubble foam cap that vanishes quite shortly. Flavour is sweet smooth full tasting malty with hints of rosted barley and chocolate. Even with overpouring sweetness there are some bitterness (like from juniper) from hops in after taste (but not enough for me to balance the sweet taste). Palate is little viscose and the mouth is covered with strong after taste of malty sweetness and some edge of hops. Overall quite nice stron beer for christmas season. Two 0.75 bottles would be too much but one with traditional Finnish christmas roast ham would do fine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tykjen (182) - FlorÝ, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2006
Full-bodied ale with incedible complexity of tastes. Very fruity aroma loaded with banana notes. Smooth like velvet, very tasty, but not overdone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sregnar35 (977) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2006
Sub par. Poured dark with a nice head. Aroma was sweet and earthy. Flavor very earthy, musty, and dry, not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4196) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Very rich. Deep flavor. Not spicy like other Christmas beers. But strong malt flavors and high quality Gouden Carolus style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2006
this was actually kind of good. Hereís the deal: all of these belgian breweries have a christmas beer which is only different in the fact that it is hoppier. they are like that. i remember the good one from this brewery actually beeing good and this being similar, less so, but more hoppy. screw you, i dont have to justify myself to you.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Shared at Coastal Wine Connectionís monthly tasting. Whiskey-colored. Big sugary aroma that almost scared me off. And while that explosive alcoholy-ness floats onto the palate before you actually drink, the actual flavors are surprisingly smooth and evenly malty. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2547) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2006
This was beautiful, just a stunner! Poured a reddish brown with a full head. Featured a big phenolic bubble gum nose with hints of caramel floating about. The flavor was quite similar, not dominated by bubblegum, but punctuated with it, as it was all cut by a lively carbonation and tingle of alcohol. There was also a hint at fruitiness, perhaps apricot and rum raisin. Finished easy. Semi-sweet.

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