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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ordybill (1345) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2016
Poured from the tap at the Taco Mac in Cumberland, GA. The appearance is a dark reddish-brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma is fruit and cinnamon with some black licorice. Has a very nice flavor of licorice and the alcohol blends in well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (841) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Bottle from Cork & Fork in Gainesville VA Aroma: licorice, caramel, dark fruits Appearance: clear mahogany with a beige head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (2647) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2016
750 mL bottle shared by ebone1988 for the damn book. 2014 vintage. The pour is a light black with hints of garnet and ruby shining through. There is a large cream colored head that falls down to a thin film leaving some good lacing. The aroma is really interesting. There is a bright fruitiness and a big spice. This is definitely like a potpourri thing. The spiciness, the fruitiness and a light molasses. The flavor is extraordinarily floral. This is like drinking nectar and chewing on flower petals. Christ. This tastes like I just stole the little flower girl’s basket and threw down because I was high. The floral is just too much. There is a decent spice and a light fruit, but you’re not touching the flowers. The mouth feel is a little thicker and nicely carbonated with a lingeringly sweet molasses and floral finish. Not awful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ebone1988 (1426) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. 2014 vintage. Aroma is fruity, spice, malt, potpurri, floral, molasses, sweet and nice. Appearance is brown red, light light tan head, hazy. Taste is fruity, floral, very floral, some spice, some figs and other dark fruit, but mostly it tastes like a basket of potpourri. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, floral dark fruit aftertaste. Overall, this would be better if it wasn’t so flowery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arsol (989) - NORWAY - AUG 9, 2016
Svart garge med lys beige skum. Lukter karamellmalt og litt krydderier. Den er lagret siden november 2013. Fyldig og smaker litt krydder og også litt alkohol. Litt bitter avslutning.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mice (820) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Punertavan tummanruskea olut vaaleahkolla, kivasti pitsiä jättävällä mutta aika nopeasti katoavalla vaahdolla. Tuoksu jouluisen luumuinen, toffeisen karamellinen, lakritsinen sekä aniksinen, vaniljainen ja jopa aavistuksen hunajainen. Maku vahvan lakritsinen ja aniksinen, vaniljainen, mausteinen ja hieman kaardemummainen. Aika hiilihappoinen, mutta samalla täyteläinen ja hieman alkoholisen lämmittävä. Pehmeää juotavaa ja mainio kokonaisuus. Joulun kynttilänvalon kajastamiin herkutteluhetkiin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1695) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2016 2008 vintage shared by kermis. Dark caramel with a thin tan head. Notes of caramel, fudge, licorice, sherry. Smooth texture, medium body, low carbonation and a sticky sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (2890) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2016
Vintage 2008 bottle shared by kermis at cellar cleanout tasting at deanso’s. Sweet caramel malts, fudge, raisans, licorice, toffee. Big sweet, mild bitter. Full body, smooth creamy texture, soft carbonation. Great stuff. Age this!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
AntonyWilson (154) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 24, 2016
750ml bottle: Pours a deep garnet red with a small tan head. Aroma of Christmas cake, spice and fruit. Tastes of cloves and fruit cake. Low bitterness with a full body. Low carbonation. Overall too much like Christmas cake, which I’m not a fan of, however, should tick all the boxes for other peeps.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iznogud (2627) - CROATIA - JUL 2, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml, from MBR, shared with Miro. Pours deep brown with tan head. Malty, spicy, caramel, licorice, bunch of spices, mint, candyish. Sweet. Reminds me of Bronhi - well known Croatian candy. Quite complex, medium to full bodied. Very good brew even though I’m not a big fan of spices mix which was used.

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