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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 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, canít wait to age some and try this one again.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2007
12/12/07, 750ml bottle, Christmas 2004 vintage. pours murky brown with off white head. nose is loaded with rum raisins, plums, and lots of toffee. flavor is initially sweet toffee, raisins, hints of rum and port wine. it sort of thins out towards the finish while the aged malts become clear with port wine and caramelized plums. alcohol is well hidden. body is medium. This has aged well and its really tasty but perhaps this peaked at 2 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 Dec 2007 2005 (aged): Excellent!! Really aged nicely. Aroma of fruit and malt. Really smooth with minimal alcohol burn. Body maintains fullness. Great stuff. Thanks to Fatheads, Pitts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JK (5624) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Seriously heavy it is. Perhaps the best Christmas beer ever. The aroma is loaded with malt and fruit, but spice as well. Some coriander and liquorice. Anise in the flavor with more sweet malt and dark, fermenting fruit. Some red wine, port. Exceptionally full palate. World Class. I look forward to trying my 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2007, poured a dark amber color, hints of sugar and light spices. nice tan head. sweet taste hoppy too. medium mouthfull, nice bitter ending. warming finish.. I liked it alot!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Christmas 2006 version poured with with a thick tan head and produced bold aromas of raisins and candi sugar. Flavors offered hints of maize and liquorice. Overall slightly sweet dark malt flavors dominated, with a slightly warming finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber/brown with a one finger lasting tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, sweet fruit, light spices, and light floral hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium full mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Pours dark brown with reddish hues and a mostly receding wispy light tan head. Aroma of tropical fruits: banana, pineapple, lemon, and flowery esters. Taste of caramel, cherry, wood, banana, and peaches. Mouthfeel full bodied, lightly sweet with lush carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (9430) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2007
(33 cl bottle, thanks larsniclas!)
Apparently purchased one year ago before our tasting session.
Deep ruby red color, tan to brown head. Scent is alcohol, sweet, milky and spicy. Marzipan as well, also solvents. Spicy and alcohol taste, also milk and a slight bit acidic. Medium high bitterness.Smooth nice mouthfeel.

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