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


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RATINGS: 1343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Dark ruby, slight sweetness, lots of ripe berries and just a touch of spice. A definite winter beer, hearty and warm, not for the faint hearted or those who don’t like Samicluas or other strong, strong ales. Not my favorite Xmas beer, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamaty (1234) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 9, 2015
Casi negra, casi opaca. Espuma reducida, cremosa. Aroma muy potente y sabroso. Puding, dulce malta. Textura excelente, baja carbonataciůn. 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 alcohůlico de rico licor, muy equilibrado. Esplťndida, norma de la casa

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2346) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keith0718 (429) - Kansas, USA - APR 26, 2015
Nice Christmas seasonal. The herbs are not overwhelming but add a subtle touch to an already great beer.

   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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
574deadzone (1208) - 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 itís 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (470) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bodega95 (85) - - MAR 31, 2015
75cl bottle. Wow! This is fantastic seasonal strong belgian beer. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Sweet malty aromas with dried fruit, spices. Sweet flavors of brown sugar. I know what Iím buying next Crhistmas

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1721) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
15.12.2014. Color of cola. Aroma is very sweet, intense anise, liquorice, spices. Taste has strong sweet liquorice, also anise is still there. This is good but sweetness and strangeish notes are too strong. Some taste of alcohol also in aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1206) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2015
750ml bottle of 2013 bottling. Pours a black color with a lot of frothy head. Mildly sweet caramel and some licorice spice. The spice balances nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
anthony850 (361) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Smooth and malty. Very high alc. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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