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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 1347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


noelM's rating

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelM (161) - 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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2673) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Deep toffee colored pour. Big slight tan head. Plenty of lacing. Sugar and spice in the nose. Boozy mouth with notes of the sugar, plums and spice. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2174) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle from Dranken Pauwels. Very dark brown, thin beige head which dissipates quickly. Nose is very Christmassy. Reminds me of Sasparilla. Clove, liquorice, maybe coriander, very fruity, then the classic Gouden carolus: red wine vinous, dark chocolate, dark fruit, prune, raisin, fig, pine cone. Taste is liquorice, clove, coriander, prune, raisin, fig, dark chocolate. Dominated by the liquorice and something spicy and pine. Nice Christmas version of the classic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bozo_skeleton (755) - Grenoble, FRANCE - AUG 12, 2015
Brune, belle carbo et collet epais et persistant. Des aromes plein le nez d’ anis etoile, de reglisse, de caramel Les epices ressortent egalement de facon vive en bouche. Le corps est bien rond et le taus d’alcool un peu traitre car on ne le sent qu’apres coup.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
craighill (74) - GERMANY - AUG 7, 2015
After deep mahogany-brown pour with almost no head, strong liquorice and caramel aroma. Taste is similar, some additional herbals from somewhere, with dry finish that includes bitterness from a roasted malt. High carbonation. Complex, unhinged, nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamaty (1355) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 9, 2015
Casi negra, casi opaca. Espuma reducida, cremosa. Aroma muy potente y sabroso. Puding, dulce malta. Textura excelente, baja carbonatación. Compleja y rica en boca con sabor de tono dulce y licor, con muchos recuerdos: higos, caramelo, chocolate y un final de vainilla que queda en boca, mezclado con el calor alcohólico de rico licor, muy equilibrado. Espléndida, norma de la casa

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2407) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pre 2008 vintage. Pours a very dark clear brown with huge white head. Aromas of earthy dark fruit and licorice. Flavors of flat cola, allspice, anise, leather and dark caramel. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keith0718 (430) - Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2015
Nice Christmas seasonal. The herbs are not overwhelming but add a subtle touch to an already great beer.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cassius (93) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2015
Ruikt en smaakt zeer zoet, haast naar drop. Mooie donkere kleur, haast zwart. Echt een kerstbiertje voor de koude dagen. Dat is wel meteen het nadeel. Het bier is vooral zoet en zwaar. Je zal hier niet scherper van worden...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (1223) - North Central, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2015
2011 vintage, 11.2 oz bottle. Pours a deep plum color with ruby highlights and orange edging, capped with a tall khaki head of foam that settles slowly to a ring and film, leaving a wall of tight foamy lace. Nose involves rum raisin cake, figs, cherries, lots of dark fruit, spicy esters, a light briny, vinegary quality, a hint of cardboard oxidation, some marshmallow, peaches, brown sugar, toast. Very sweet, somewhat bitter, lightly tart. Medium to full bodied, viscous and oily yet fairly actively carbed, with a long fruity sweet and tart warming alcoholic finish. Not terribly past its prime, but it’s just too sweet and unbalanced in general to be really enjoyable. Definitely a lot of interesting things going on, decadent and dessert-like, but just a bit over the top.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (509) - - APR 12, 2015
Dark brown colour with almost no head. Aroma is malty, little liqueuric, with lot of spices. Flavour is the same, with spice-liqueuric notes. Malty-spicily-alcoholic aftertaste. Complex beer.


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