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


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RATINGS: 1278   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
noelM (158) - Mlaga, Andalusia, - DEC 28, 2012
Buensima esta cerveza de navidad, de las mejores que he probado. Color negro y con muchas especias, de las que pude distinguir el ans.

   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 (250) - 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 (1127) - 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, youll probably love this. Didnt feel as boozy as it is. Good texture to it. I can tell its a well-made beer, just not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (2022) - WALES - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle BB 2016. Very dark ruby red, big foamy off-white head, full lacing. Aroma is black-jack sweets, apple, sasparilla, aniseed. Body is medium, foamy, low carbonation. Taste has lots more sasparilla cola, sweet and malty, no real bitterness, breathy alcohol. OK, a little too sweet and boozy to be great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (643) - CROATIA - DEC 14, 2014
Cloudy brown color, thin white head. Aroma of malts, mint, spices, brown sugar. Taste is the same plus caramel and some fruitiness. Full body, soft carbonation. Alcohol is nicely hidden. Very good winter beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPAgutten79 (602) - Skui, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2014 Brunt utseende. Lavt skum. Aroma av lakris og malt. Smaken er lakris, karamell, brunt sukker og malt. Lakris dominerer! St! Medium konsistens.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregorymconway (137) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 Dark brown opaque body with huge creamy off white head, nice lacing. Aromas of icing, amaretto, plums and raisin, some chocolate. Very sweet, more light bodied than expected. Well integrated alcohol. Very pleasent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nilsas (1718) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2014
Lukt: Fin duft av friske frukter, lakris, kanel og noe annet kydder.
Utseende: Fin mrk rdbrun farge
Skum/kullsyre: Dekkende brunt skum.
Smak: Nydelig smak av lakris, krydder og frukter.
Hvor: "Kjpt@VP Verksgata, Stavanger, Nydt@Hjemme
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@10.5%
Kommentar: Kort sagt et nydelig desert l som gjerne kjpes igjen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (1970) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Pours dark brown Amber with a very thin off white head. Aroma is prunes sweet candy more prunes. Flavor is all prunes and raisins. Very sweet. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ippopotamo36 (349) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 8, 2014
On tap at the Turbacci Xmas fest nearby Rome-ITALY. Pours reddish dark brown with a medium low off white foamy head. Nose: anise blast! Sambuca liquor. Mouth: round anise forward, Ballantines feel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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