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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2007
bottle 2006 from World of Beer - light head, fruity, sweet with spices, very complex flavor - absolutely delicious! Thank You Santa!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2133) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2007
750 ml bottle Lots of dark fruit and banana on the aroma of this brown ale with smallish fizzy head. Flavor was more dried fruit and caramel. Alcohol burn and nice fruity finish. Very yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3003) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2007
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours dark with a tan head. Aroma of licorice, spices, and citrus. The flavor is smooth, spices, licorice, citrus, and fruit. Great Beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 RE-RATE. Bottle. Pours rich crimson brown with nice, clinging lace. Aroma is banana that is quickly offset by sweet berry, concealed in part by sour malt. Flavor is a rush of banana followed by a sweet malt that slowly fades along the back of the tongue. Spicy wood and hints of alcohol are detectable as well. Full mouthfeel. Much better than the last bottle I had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (5183) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 750 & 330 ml bottle compared. Mahogany body with big beige head. Complex aroma, candysugar, malt, fruit and alcohol. Flavor is complex and sweet. Candysugar, malt, alcohol (less than expected) yeast, spices, dry fruit and some caramel. Nice and interesting, but the sweetness may be to overpowered after a few glasses. The difference between small and big bottle is minor, one extra year storage make more to this brew (smoother).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (473) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2007
Dark amber brown color with a dark tan, rapidly diminishing head that leaves some sticky foamy lacing on the glass. Theres some magical quality to the aroma that all Gouden Carolus beers seem to share... a mouth-watering, brown-sugary, spicy, malty sweetness. The flavors of the Noel are similar to those of the Classic and the Grand Cru, but also present a heavy spiciness (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg), dried fruits (dates, plums, raisins, cherries), dark brown sugar, caramel, and a certain woody smokiness. This beer is very complex and interesting. The finish is somewhat astringent, and leaves behind an amazing tobacco-like, woody, smoky aftertaste. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Cellar temperature corked 750ml bottle: Pours a cloudy brown amber color with mega floaties and a small light tan frothy head that leaves quite a bit of lacing as it dissipates. At first, the alcohol in the aroma was dominant. Thereafter: Excellent blend of rich malts, grassy hops, cinnamon, brown sugar, cherries, plums and orange peel. Heavy body and very smooth with ample carbonation. Ending is pleasant and subtle. Give me more! : )

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottle: Pours a dark brownish orange with a thin tan head, aroma is of rumcake, brown sugar, lemon, cherries, plums and other dark fruits, medium bodied, smooth texture, mellow carbonation, starts and ends lightly sweet with a long aftertaste. Very nicely done. This bottle is between four and five years old and aged nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JAN 13, 2007
C&C 750. No date on the bottle, but I believe this is the current vintage. Murky dark amber with an orange tint. Dense beige head. Very complex nose - sweet, spicy fruit, estery, dates and caramel. Spicy fig and date flavors, very deep malt flavors, dark brown sugar, light anise. Heady stuff - very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
naoss (12) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 11, 2007
750ml bottle. Light brown colur with a little head. Alot of flavours..caramel and fruits. Good strong beer. -I like it-

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