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


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RATINGS: 1296   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.

elektrikjester's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Served on tap at Brick Store Pub in Decatur. Pours a dark brown-red with a murky profile. Head dissipates quickly, but leaves a massive amount of lacing. Aroma is really dominated by licorice and anise (I mean it) and spice. Taste of licorice, banana, slight alcohol, with a slightly yeasty aftertaste. Overall, a very sweet beer. Nice mouthfeel, a bit chewy. In sum, a very fine Christmastime Belgian, especially for the licorice lovers out there. Gets a very strong recommendation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sdaniel90 (407) - Mexico City, MEXICO - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle, 33cl. Deep mahagony with a foamy to minimal tan head. Intense aromas of anis, dried fruits and alcohol. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sharply sweet and bitter, with the anis off balance and overwhelming. Robust and complex, but more than a few sips and it becomes unbearable. Excellent on specific occasions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer_est_deus (751) - örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2014
Klar, mörkt brun-röd med ett kraftigt orange skum. Doft: Lakrits och salmiak hals tablett, salva, örter, turkiskpeppar koncentrat utan sprit. Smak: Samma som doft + bröst socker, must.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (714) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
750ml bottle bottled 06/08/12. Pours a deep ruby with a thin, off white head that leaves a coating in the glass. Aroma has great notes of candies dark fruits, spice, candy sugar, and Belgian yeast. Taste is balanced. Candies raisin and dark fruits, candy sugar, and some spices. Medium body with a medium-high carbonation. Clean in the mouth with an effervescent carbonation and a dry finish. Overall a really nice brew for the holidays.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MMR (344) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2014
Not too much of a fan of this beer. The first couple of sips are alright but after a while the ginger-bread hint in the aroma started to annoy me incredibly. Didn’t even finish it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angelkostvo (693) - CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 25, 2014
Dark ruby colour, beigr head. Aroma of anise, candy sugar, clove, red wine. Taste is Medium sweet, slightly bitter. Medium body, slick texture, soft to average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Satyroneto (139) - - DEC 24, 2014
Cor marrom escura e turva com tons caramelo; espuma marrom claro de média/alta formação e baixa persistência, quase sem lacing; Aroma de torrado, e frutas escuras; também percebe-se álcool e um toque de vinho do porto com a evolução da temperatura; Sabor de frutas escuras e nozes evoluindo para um final levemente picante, alcoólico e amadeirado que começa leve e se intensifica; retrogosto alcoólico e amadeirado. Corpo levemente licoroso e baixa carbonatação.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonkiedeaap (315) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle from Dranken Verheyen in Poppel. The beer is dark ruby red and has a nice and large cream colored head, with a lot of CO2. The aroma is particularly complex in the nose, first show of wet grass and earth, later also smells of fine roasted malt and a lot of anise. A nice beer that is midway between alcohol warmth, spices, caramel malt and with that typical Mechelen acid trait, subtle. The finish is also warming and a little alcoholic, but that’s what make it a perfect beer for Christmas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pumpmaster (1147) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2014
11.2 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines FL for $14.99/4-pk Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
__Rb81 (279) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a clear reddish brown with a beige head. Sweet aroma of spices, malts, dried fruits, alcohol, licorice. Taste is sweet, spices, dried fruits, malts. Alcohol is well hidden. Warm, sweet, malty spicy aftertaste. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alkolord (111) - - DEC 23, 2014
Aus der Flasche, dunkelbraun mit hellbraunem schaum, malzig, Kräuter, Alkohol in der Nase, warm im Antrunk, viel Kohlensäure, leicht hopfig bitter, alkoholisch, warm im Abgang

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