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


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RATINGS: 1357   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
Dark cloudy brown with some white head. Great aroma of choclate and spice, vanilla, and citrus orange. Very smooth mouthfeel, and while all of the tastes do not materialize boldy, it is very tasty and refreshing.A great brewery. thanks for bringing in IPFreely.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (5346) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2007
Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy brown color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of sweet candy and anis is dominating and quite enjoyable and almost reminiscent of Rochefort. Taste is a nice mix between strong Belgian malt, sweet candy and anis. There is some sweetness but it never goes overboard and provides great balance with some light typical Belgian yeast. It appears that this brewery just wont stop to amaze me with all those great beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Hello my name is Ryan and this beer kicks ass....Now, on to the more detailed aspects: A typical color and aroma, though more pungent, for this style. Heavy aroma of malts, spice and dark fruit. Flavor was (SURPRISE!) more of the same, though extremely smooth with light carbonation (this bottle was a cellared 2005 vintage via BigSilky). The aftertaste was light but lingering and yada yada....just all around, fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (1935) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2007
A long after Christmas treat for me. Sampled a 750ml cellared bottle, 2005 vintage. Plum, spiced and sweet malt flavors and aromas in the full bodied Belgian Strong. With all the ratings listed here and the fact that I never heard of it before tells me that Im out of the loop. Ill have to try more Gouden Carolus offerings in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 BB 03-10. Pours a dark brown-red color with clarity and a fairly full, frothy, creamy, beige head; head is mostly lasing and leaves nice, tight lace. Nose is fairly fruity and almost rum-soaked; anise is dominant with lighter notes of toffee, raisin, plum, light yeast, and some spicing (ginger/clove). Flavor is complex and quite potent; still lots of anise with toffee, brown sugar, raisin, light cherry, clove, nutmeg, light yeast with some acidity and mild bitterness. Palate was fair and detracted some from the unique flavors; lively, medium, but round with some noticable warmth from the alcohol. Finishes still mostly sweet with anise, raisin, and brown sugar but also with a tobacco note (interesting but not unpleasant). Palate and the overpowering anise notes do not allow this to be something special with so many wonderful flavors and complexities. Very interesting and showing lots of potential; unexpected and surprisingly likable. I tried this one aover a year ago and had something completly different: much more carbonation and less anise notes. Both were interesing in their own right but both would be great with a bit of tweaking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 10, 2007
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. Pours a copper color with a thick white head of spider-web lacing. A concoction of raisins, brown sugar, coriander and cough syrup. This has some serious heat. An outstanding holiday beer in the old school manner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimhilt (2490) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 4, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2010 Pours a two-fingered creamy white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy mahogany color. Strong carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Raisin/plum nose. Flavor - sweet raisin, caramel and spices, high ABV is noticeable. Nice Christmas ale. 750ml bottle, gift from Liquid Solutions Oregon City, Or.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (13324) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, candis sugar, orange. Flavour is spices, alcohol, hop, cellar notes, candis sugar, roasted. Harmonic christmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (4045) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle: Poured a dark brown with tan colored head. Sweet candy caramel and spice aroma. Sweet spicy malt flavor.

   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!

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