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


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RATINGS: 1279   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bkurtz (866) - - JAN 31, 2013
Pours brown with a big, fluffy, off-white head. Sweet malt aroma with dried fruits fig and apple. This beer is thick beer with heavy on malt, semi-sweet with alcohol coming through. Fairly complex, good for sipping on a cold night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moravius (597) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 19, 2014
Flasche (75 cl; MHD: 08/2015) von der Brauerei in Mechelen, 2 Jahre im Keller gelagert. - Tiefes Kastanienbraun, trüb; kaum Schaum. - In der Nase zurückhaltende Aromen von Rumtopf und Spekulatius und eine fein säuerliche Lakritz-Note. - Antrunk weinig schwer, mittelsüß und schwach herb mit einer dezenten säuerlich-fruchtigen Note. Lakritz, Anis, Pflaumenmus. Angenehm mild rezent, nicht so brauseartig wie andere Gouden-Carolus-Biere; schlanker als von einem Bier dieser Stärke erwartet. Im Abgang milde, schwach holzige Herbe. - Angenehmes Weihnachtsbier, das aber nicht entfernt an Cuvee van de Keizer heranreicht. Durch die zweijährige Lagerung hat sich eine komplexe fruchtige Säure entwickelt, die untypisch aber nicht unangenehm ist; aber die Lakritznote ist für meinen Geschmack zu deutlich ausgeprägt.

   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 (255) - 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 (1129) - 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, you’ll probably love this. Didn’t feel as boozy as it is. Good texture to it. I can tell it’s 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 (603) - 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! Søt! 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 (1717) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2014
Lukt: Fin duft av friske frukter, lakris, kanel og noe annet kydder.
Utseende: Fin mørk rødbrun farge
Skum/kullsyre: Dekkende brunt skum.
Smak: Nydelig smak av lakris, krydder og frukter.
Hvor: "Kjøpt@VP Verksgata, Stavanger, Nydt@Hjemme
Medium: Flaske@330ml, ABV@10.5%
Kommentar: Kort sagt et nydelig desert øl som gjerne kjøpes igjen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOSSbrewer (1972) - 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

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