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


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RATINGS: 1285   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillHick420 (432) - North Dakota, - DEC 19, 2012
330 ml, bought in the Norwegian Vinmonopolet. Pours black with an offwhite head. Nose of sweet malts and ripe banana. Aroma of sweet banana, fruit, hints of licorice. Tastes nice, very special, have never tasted anything like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1505) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Aroma: intense caramel, cough syrup, cloves, spices, very malty. Appearance: clear, dark amber, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: lively carbonation, sweet carry on, intensify, very syrupy, caramel, toffee, spices again. Overall: quite a nice Belgian Strong Ale, intense aroma, maybe a bit heavy on the cough syrup! Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jorn69 (1158) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
@ Havregatan 141221. Bottle (750 ml) from Systembolaget. Malty and spicy, caramely with liquorice notes, really sweet, candy sugar, cumin and dried fruits, medium body with a watery texture. The finish is dry, spicy and sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gaultier (498) - SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
Beer tasting @ Havregatan 21/12-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Licorice, fennel, anise, cumin. Taste: Dito + dried fruits, candi sugar, sweet. Body is medium, the finish is sweet with licorice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
panacea (92) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
Pours deep brown with white head. Nose is liquorice, liquorice and liquorice! Very nice. Taste is sweet and again, lots of liquorice. A little watery finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peter_L (888) - SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
Flaska från SB. Brunsvart vätska med tjockt skum. Doftar massor av russin och dadlar samt en hint av fänkål. Len och fyllig munkänsla med eldighet. Så här skall en julöl smaka!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (4079) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2014
How: Draught.
Where: NK Bar, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, alcohol, spices, caramel.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, alcohol, sugary, fruit, spices, some caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moravius (599) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2014
Flasche (75 cl; MHD: 08/2015) von der Brauerei in Mechelen, 2 Jahre im Keller gelagert. - Tiefes Kastanienbraun, trüb; kaum Schaum. - In der Nase zurückhaltende Aromen von Rumtopf und Spekulatius und eine fein säuerliche Lakritz-Note. - Antrunk weinig schwer, mittelsüß und schwach herb mit einer dezenten säuerlich-fruchtigen Note. Lakritz, Anis, Pflaumenmus. Angenehm mild rezent, nicht so brauseartig wie andere Gouden-Carolus-Biere; schlanker als von einem Bier dieser Stärke erwartet. Im Abgang milde, schwach holzige Herbe. - Angenehmes Weihnachtsbier, das aber nicht entfernt an Cuvee van de Keizer heranreicht. Durch die zweijährige Lagerung hat sich eine komplexe fruchtige Säure entwickelt, die untypisch aber nicht unangenehm ist; aber die Lakritznote ist für meinen Geschmack zu deutlich ausgeprägt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlruthven (562) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Tap at Brasserie V. Pours raisin-brown, minimal mocha head. Licorice on the nose in a big way: just black Twizzlers, on and on. Taste is similar, but with some dark chocolate and clove notes as it warms. Nice beer, more tempered than in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
adamnowek (265) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2014
Really smooth for such a strong beer. Extremely strong licorice taste. Quite

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pete4999 (1129) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle at Mr. Goodbar in Buffalo, NY (good beer club). I just did not care for this at all. Super super heavy on anise in both the smell and taste. If you like black licorice, you’ll probably love this. Didn’t feel as boozy as it is. Good texture to it. I can tell it’s a well-made beer, just not my thing.

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