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

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RATINGS: 1253   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelM (158) - MŠlaga, Andalusia, - DEC 28, 2012
BuenŪsima esta cerveza de navidad, de las mejores que he probado. Color negro y con muchas especias, de las que pude distinguir el anŪs.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BitchPls (587) - FINLAND - NOV 22, 2014
Dark brown, beige head. Spicy aroma, sweet bread, anis and salty liquorice (salmiakki). Flat carbonation. Sweet. Same kind of taste as the aroma with less salmiakki. A bit weird in my opinion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2331) - BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2014
Classic Belgian Christmas ale with light beige, creamy head, thinnish and slowly receding, over a deep wine-red to bronze coloured beer, clear. Strong and perfumey bouquet, utterly spicy, peppermint, eucalyptus, liquorice, cinnamon, coriander and allspice attack the nose, after which less obtrusive aromas appear: chocolate, banana, raisins, gingerbread, vanilla, caramel candy, candied orange, amaretto, figs, redcurrant. Taste begins with a strong candi sugar-like sweetness, candied dates and candied cherries, medium carbonation, soft and chocolatey malt backbone upon which the mixture of ethereal spices is built: retronasally the peppermint, allspice, eucalyptus and so on return in all their glory, almost like cough syrup, after which a yeasty, malty, boozy finish develops, with a slightly coffee-like touch and some herbal hops. Itís the candi-sweetness and the aromatic cough syrup spices which remain the longest, though. This is over the top even for a spiced winter warmer, but it has a kind of opulence making it worthwile to seek out. I normally do not like overly spiced or overly sweet beers, but an ale this complex can count on my sympathy: this is liquid Christmas cake and liquid Belgian chocolates, so it does serve its own purpose perfectly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chastastic (17) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Nice and good aroma. Sits pretty good even thought it's a 10%. Dark color with little head. Goes great with cheese and cured meats. Not so great with chips and salsa. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
funhousedk (1) - Roskilde, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2014 does not count
One Of the World Best Christmas beers. Great tast and Nice colur. So if you have tried it, then Please Do, and you Will be gladly supprised

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
monk191 (1048) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
An incredible beer. Like nothing we have had before. Pours a deep brown with a tan head. Smells of sasparilla and anise. Taste is black licorice all the way, completely unique, with some herbs. Damn good. Tasted at the BevMo Holiday Beer Fest.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diabobale (225) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2014
Una discreta strong ale belga, sopra la media. abbastanza strutturata e alcolica, ha perÚ una buona beveribilitŗ

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawanna (2257) - GERMANY - NOV 9, 2014
0,33 l bottle from Biervana licorice, licorice, licorice, brown, hazy, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish,

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CTKlubben (37) - randers, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2014
a lot of licorice notes, appear dark red with a fast dissapering brown head. taste medium sweet, light bitter, and the palate is a bit thin, but with a fine carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2519) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle at the poechenellekelder, nov. 2014. Very dark brown-red with a lacy beige head. Malt and christmas cake aroma of raisins and cinnamon and clove and candy sugar. Sweet and heavy in the mouth, as christmasy as it gets - cake-like taste. Full body, cinnamon and vanilla aftertaste. Nice and warming.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (428) - LATVIA - NOV 5, 2014
Dark brown with medium yellow creamy head. Licorice aroma. Malty caramel with licorice taste with moderate sweetness and bitter touch later.


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