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


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.

KombatAle's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KombatAle (121) - New Brunswick, - MAY 19, 2013
Pours clear dark red with a long lasting and light lacing frothy big beige head. Aroma is complex, spicy and very estery with anise, raisin, plum, roasted malt, caramel, bubblegum, pear, strawberry, red apple, apricot, banana and candy. Taste is medium sweet with a tiny acidic note. Body is medium, texture is light creamy and oily, carbonation is moderate. Finishes sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingaugusta (49) - Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours medium reddish-brown with a quick off-white head. Nose is potent and full of sugars and spices; frankly, it smells like the inside of a Belgian candy shop at Christmas (imagine that). Flavor is roughly the same and bursting with sugary sweetness and seasonal spicing (coriander and nutmeg lead the charge). Finish is quick and a little sticky. Alcohol is well hidden. This is basically a wintertime sweet dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkillsFactory (280) - ITALY - NOV 29, 2015
Rossa molto scura con riflessi color caramello, quasi nera anche se limpida, schiuma beige non molto persistente. Aroma di cannella, più precisamente biscotti natalizi alla cannella o speculoos, toffee, liquirizia, frutta secca, forse datteri, alcool. Al palato molto dolce, prevalgono il fruttato ed il toffee misto a liquirizia, nota di speculoos, coda amaricante erbacea che stempera un po' la componente dolce che per certi versi risulta stucchevole. Il tepore etilico accompagna tutta la bevuta, dall'inizio alla fine. Corpo pieno, carbonazione media.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
paulvanpelt (425) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2015
Donkerbruin, troebel bier. Minieme beige kraag. Aroma van drop, anijs, zoethout. Erg zoet, iets te zoet naar mijn smaak. Prettig zacht, volle body en rijk palet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2458) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle from Real Ale Store, Newark. Dark Ruby black colour with no head. Ark a sweet fruity taste overly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tandembrauer (805) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 23, 2015
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours clear dark copper with off-white head. Aroma of anise, alcohol, caramel. Tastes quite sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
caribou43 (133) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 16, 2015
It is a great drink. I drank this one in a bar in Lausanne "Bruxelles caf". It is a strong ale with a dark colour and powerful aroma. The taste is ginger bread and from the tap was perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gbe75 (103) - ICELAND - NOV 15, 2015
Probably the best Christmas beer I have had. Nice licorice aroma and taste. Reminds one of Christmas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HuldgaardRJ (177) - Snderborg, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2015
(6) Slightly above average. This means that I would definitely drink this beer again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Echon (148) - rhus, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2015
(2013 edition) Tap at Fairbar. Nearly black body with a creamy head. Sweet aroma with dried fruit and spices. Sweet taste with medium bitterness. Very rich flavours of spice and fruit. Complex taste yet balanced as it is not too sweet. It hides the alcohol well. Medium body with average carbonation. Smooth texture. Long finish. Incredibly tasty beer! Very drinkable. Certainly the best Christmas beer I have ever had. Mandatory for fans of this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marduk (4503) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 4, 2015
750ml bottle @Pikkulintu (thanks mjs & FatPhil). BB 08.10.2011. Deep clear copper color. Small size, beige head, stays. Sweet, caramel, wax, anise in aroma. Sweet, caramel, herbal, bit of licorice and some spices in taste. Spicy caramel in aftertaste. Aged very well. Brilliant brew.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 137

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50