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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1357   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.

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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tandembrauer (803) - 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 (128) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 16, 2015
It is a great drink. I drank this one in a bar in Lausanne "Bruxelles cafť". 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 (170) - SÝnderborg, 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 (147) - Ňrhus, 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 (4502) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savage_Night (243) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Bottled 11/08/2011. Pours hazy brown with a large khaki head. Head retention is good. AROMA: spices, malt, fizzy, soda, molasses, brown sugar, peppercorns, dried stone fruit, licorice, herbal hops, hazelnut, alcohol, basement aromas, herbs, raisin, floral, light yeast esters and cinnamon. TASTE: spices, malt, fizzy, soda, herbal hops spice, molasses, brown sugar, licorice, dried stone fruit, peppercorns, hazelnut, alcohol, herbs, raisin, floral, light yeast esters and cinnamon. AFTER TASTE: herbs, spices, molasses and malt with a fizzy spices finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (3077) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2015
Pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of licorice, dried fruit, spice and malts. Taste is spices with heavy anise and malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
de_belg (14) - - OCT 24, 2015
Weinig aroma maar een overweldige smaak: zeer kruidig, drop, zoerhout, caramel, zowel zoet als zuur met subtiele bitterheid.. Eindigend met een warm gevoel! Heerlijk!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
altonbrownd (4591) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2015
12/10/2010 8:30:34 AM Bottle from Beer Planet. Dark brown body with puffy, pinkish head. Nose of malts and fruits. Taste quite sweet, wheaty and alcy. The whole thing is too much for me, too much alcohol and too much sugar. Overrated in my humble opinion.

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