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


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RATINGS: 1242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelM (158) - Málaga, Andalusia, - DEC 28, 2012
Buenísima esta cerveza de navidad, de las mejores que he probado. Color negro y con muchas especias, de las que pude distinguir el anís.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madchemist83 (61) - USA - OCT 25, 2014
2013 vintage so about 14 months old. Pours dark brown with beige head. Aromas of licorice, ripe fruit, caramel and alcohol. Very nice lacing. Aroma reflects in taste. Too much anise for me but beer is nice and mellow for 10.5 percent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5452) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2014
2008 vintage bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours cloudy dark brown with a thin beige head. Aroma of licorice, toffee, Christmas pudding, raisins, overripe dark fruit and caramel. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. This has aged gracefully without changing too much from the base, I would have expected the licorice to soften off but it’s still the strong. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eduardovl (891) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
0.33l bottle poured in a chalice. Decent Belgium Dark Strong Ale. Nice spicy and fruity perfume. A: Nice Brown/Amber color. Quite clean S: Dark fruits (plum and grapes) and spices T: Strong. ABV is high and you can fell it. Sweet toffee. Belgium yeasts (less relevant). Rum. Smells better than tastes M: Sweet in the beginning and bitter in the end. Soft carbonation and strong alcohol taste D: Low drinkability. Too strong taste for me. Might be a good beer but overloaded me... [ BA Review @ 1/15/2010 ]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Icedwarf (347) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2014
Donker roodbruin bier met schuim. Smaak is een zoet licht bitter en een explosie van anijs, drop en vanille, in de mond, enorm intens. Voor mij absoluut een topbier. Blijft redelijk lang hangen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"Arich, tasty Christmas beer. Spice-heavy in the aroma. with the flavor having a little more bready earthiness. Still spicy, with some dark fruit shining through. The yeast is there, but restrained, like i like it. Good stuff."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaKeAFC (574) - ITALY - SEP 13, 2014
75 cl bottle that had been sitting in my fridge for 9 months or so. Chestnut/mahogany color, tan head. Stingy nose of grappa. Aroma of raisins, roasted malts, dark fruits, licorice. Boozy, winey. Full bodied, ultra strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12470) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Dark reddish brown w/ thick white head. Chocolate/coffee aroma, strong alcohol taste, semi-sweet chocolate and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1743) - - AUG 21, 2014
Served on tap in a snifter Appearance – Pours a chestnut/mahogany color with a two finger tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention slowly fading over time to leave a great level of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma has a big spicy and roasty aroma. There is a strong roasted bready aroma mixed with notes of Christmas spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, anise and licorice). These stronger aromas are accompanied by notes of dark fruits, a lighter yeasty smell as well as a moderate presence of a boozy smell. Taste – The taste starts with flavors a blend of roasted malt breadiness and some dark fruit flavors of raisin and prune. Spice flavors of nutmeg, licorice and anise then come to the tongue. At this point the tastes create a rather smooth flavor on the tongue. The breadiness and sweeter flavors of the dark fruits start to fade. A more red wine like flavor then starts coming to the tongue. It starts out light and smooth, but gets more tannin like in flavor as the taste moves to the end. At the end, the boozy taste is quite strong and with all the flavors it leaves a nice warming aftertaste that tasted somewhat like a mix of warming spiced mulled wine fruity brew to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium side in its creaminess for a brew of 10.5 % with a carbonation level that was a little on the higher side. for the style it was rather nice creating a good drinkability but yet keeping one in check of its strength. Overall- This is a rather nice Belgian Christmas brew. It has a decent boozy flavor, but yet is still very flavorful and pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1246) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
Een goed kerstbier zoals het hoort te zijn. Steekt er niet bovenuit tussen de kerstbieren, maar is gewoon een hele goede.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (427) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
Egészen sötét, vörösesbarna színű ital különleges, negrós, medvecukros aromával, melyek egészen fantasztikus módon ízének is meghatározói. Minden korty egy újabb élményt jelent, melyek során idővel kisimul az íze, de ez az ánizsos vonulat mindvégig alapvető jellegzetessége marad, és kellőképpen egyedivé varázsolja a főzetet.

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