RateBeer
overall
99
99
style
Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Share this beer with friends!
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.


ewestern's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ewestern (256) - Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Nice copper color with a tan head, aroma of yeast, dark fruits, caramel, spices, and hard candy. Smooth and somewhat thick mouthfeel added to the yeast gives it a bread like feel/taste to it, with spices, caramel and dark fruits. Screams holidays in the nose and mouth.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1159) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (1037) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
anthony850 (328) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Smooth and malty. Very high alc. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zekada (369) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle from systembolaget. Pours dark amber with a medium beige head. Not really a rich smell though some raisins, malts and what I guess are fusel alcohol. Taste is strong and complex. A sweet and fruity taste. Palate is relatively thin though it is quiet drinkable. Overall a decent Christmas beer

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lello4ever (112) - ITALY - MAR 9, 2015
Birra stappata dopo oltre un anno dallíacquisto. Marrone con leggeri riflessi rossastri, schiuma beige cremosa ma quasi assente. Intenso aroma di spezie, al palato molto dolce, caramello, liquirizia. Carbonazione media, alcol molto in evidenza. Finale pieno e caldo. Una splendida bevuta per le fredde serate, da gustare a piccoli sorsi.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyBudgie (812) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
ntense and complex nose; esters, port, dried fruit and banana. Reasonably dry and malty with lightly bitter finish. Quite hard on the spices but i liked it. Gonna cellar for some years

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
brucebruce81 (281) - Wyoming, USA - FEB 15, 2015
This beer was too much on the alcohol side and not enough on the flavor. It's profile was masked by how strong it was, overall not a big fan. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianza_ale (163) - ITALY - FEB 15, 2015
33cl teku. Pours an abundant tanned beige head, nice, creamy very dense; brown almost black colour, ruby reflexes. Smells important and wrapping: big anice aroma, spices, dried fruits, clove, vanilla, cinammon; a complex sweet spiced simphony. Tastes dried fruits, anice, sweet licorice, brown sugar, maple syrup; medium to high sweetness, moderate to medium "licorice-ish" bitterness. Medium to full body, soft/moderate carbonation, creamy texture. Quite drinkable for being 10.5, similar in some notes to the keizer blue, extremly complex. One of the absolute best xmas ales

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimplySike (1035) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2015
33cl. Bottle.
Pours clear dark brown with tan head.
Aroma spice, anise, licorice, caramel, brown sugar.
Taste anise sweets, spicy bitter.
Mouthfeel creamy, some carbo.
Great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erzengel (4745) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2015
*Old rating, best before 19.11.06. Intense dark fruity caramelly beer. Smooth and round for the 10.5%. Dark dried fruits, malty intense body, great!


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 » 134


Tick this beer

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