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


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RATINGS: 1290   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (1398) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Thin head with a reddish/brown colored body. Smell is a hefty dose of licorice and chicory coffee. Heady but nice. Taste is licorice also. Quite sweet overall. While it’s good, it lacks complexity. Texture is sticky, medium to thicker body and low carbonation. A warming ale for sure but the licorice was a bit strong for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonkiedeaap (312) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from Dranken Verheyen in Poppel. The beer is dark ruby red and has a nice and large cream colored head, with a lot of CO2. The aroma is particularly complex in the nose, first show of wet grass and earth, later also smells of fine roasted malt and a lot of anise. A nice beer that is midway between alcohol warmth, spices, caramel malt and with that typical Mechelen acid trait, subtle. The finish is also warming and a little alcoholic, but that’s what make it a perfect beer for Christmas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpmaster (1147) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2014
11.2 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines FL for $14.99/4-pk Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
__Rb81 (279) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a clear reddish brown with a beige head. Sweet aroma of spices, malts, dried fruits, alcohol, licorice. Taste is sweet, spices, dried fruits, malts. Alcohol is well hidden. Warm, sweet, malty spicy aftertaste. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alkolord (108) - - DEC 23, 2014
Aus der Flasche, dunkelbraun mit hellbraunem schaum, malzig, Kräuter, Alkohol in der Nase, warm im Antrunk, viel Kohlensäure, leicht hopfig bitter, alkoholisch, warm im Abgang

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
joskevermeulen (23) - liedekerke, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2014
Een typisch kerstbier maar de niet echt mijn ding, De smaak van anijs is voor mij té overheersend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1509) - 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 (1161) - 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 (504) - 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 (93) - 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 (892) - 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!

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