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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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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Very complex and sweet. Malts, candie sugar, liqourice, caramel and various spices.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (31769) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2006
75 cL bottle. Pours deeply amber with creamy light brown head. Smell is dry and liquorice with spice elements. Taste is very dry with dominating liquorice notes, hops, malts, a bit of yeast and some caramel but with complete absence of sweetness. Alcohol is hidden deeply beneath. I miss the sweetness to give a perfect balance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (29802) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2003
The aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of caramel, cloves, and dates. The color is dark brown and it has a beutiful though disappearing beige head. The flavor is very complex - malt sweet with notes of fruits, cloves and dates. A great Christmas brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2006
(Bottle 75 cl) Vintage 2003. Pours a hazy orangey brown with a tall, dense beige head leaving laces. Extremely complex aroma - roasted malt, prunes, raisins in rum. Full, rich and sweet body with roasted malt, again raisins in rum and soft accents of port. Some licorice and other chrismasy spices as well. A well balanced and beautifully complex beer. 241206

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (21468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2005
Bottled. 2003-vintage : Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits and spices. Flavour of caramel, dried fruits and butterscotsch with roasted notes : 9-4-9-4-18. Tasted the 2005-edition afterwards : Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of anise, dried fruits and spices. Flavour of dried fruits, anise and spices : 8-4-8-4-16.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (20902) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 12, 2005
Tapped. Hazy brown colour, big foamy beige head. Strong caramel and licorace in aroma along with hints of alcohol. Stinging very sweet flavour of plum, fruit and alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (19926) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2002
Bottled. Dark amber. Intense and complex nose; esters, port, dried fruit and banana. Reasonably dry and malty with lightly bitter finish. An excellent ale full of character!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17520) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy brownish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy dark fruit finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (16088) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
30th December 2007
Dark brown beer. Moderate carbonation. Sweet caramel and a trace of wheat beer like bibblegum. Lingering saccharin malty dry finish. Smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15210) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 23, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2004 2004-06-04, Keg, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Dark amber color, ruby; creamy head. Can really smell all the 5 spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, Ö). Malty, velvety, spicy: wonderful Xmas treat!

2004-02-22, Bottle, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Dark amber color; creamy head. Aroma dominated by the caramel, with a light feeling of ammonia. Quite sweet, and a lot of caramel, a quite good Christmas beer, but missing some complexity. Thanks Jens (Ungstrup) for this bottle.


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