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

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RATINGS: 1250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   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.


Tonkun's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (894) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
bottle. dark copper pour with nice head. brown sugar, spice, rasin, fruit cake. nice balance of sweetness, alcohol and carbonation. medium body thay makes this an enjoyment. great beer.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
funhousedk (1) - Roskilde, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2014 does not count
One Of the World Best Christmas beers. Great tast and Nice colur. So if you have tried it, then Please Do, and you Will be gladly supprised

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
monk191 (1047) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2014
An incredible beer. Like nothing we have had before. Pours a deep brown with a tan head. Smells of sasparilla and anise. Taste is black licorice all the way, completely unique, with some herbs. Damn good. Tasted at the BevMo Holiday Beer Fest.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diabobale (225) - ITALY - NOV 11, 2014
Una discreta strong ale belga, sopra la media. abbastanza strutturata e alcolica, ha perÚ una buona beveribilitŗ

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawanna (2257) - GERMANY - NOV 9, 2014
0,33 l bottle from Biervana licorice, licorice, licorice, brown, hazy, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish,

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CTKlubben (35) - randers, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2014
a lot of licorice notes, appear dark red with a fast dissapering brown head. taste medium sweet, light bitter, and the palate is a bit thin, but with a fine carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (2516) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle at the poechenellekelder, nov. 2014. Very dark brown-red with a lacy beige head. Malt and christmas cake aroma of raisins and cinnamon and clove and candy sugar. Sweet and heavy in the mouth, as christmasy as it gets - cake-like taste. Full body, cinnamon and vanilla aftertaste. Nice and warming.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alusmamuts (423) - LATVIA - NOV 5, 2014
Dark brown with medium yellow creamy head. Licorice aroma. Malty caramel with licorice taste with moderate sweetness and bitter touch later.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ldu73 (5) - Herschberg, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2014 does not count
This beer has definite hint of Christmas spices. Not a daily drink but appreciated during holiday season. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madchemist83 (68) - USA - OCT 25, 2014
2013 vintage so about 14 months old. Pours dark brown with beige head. Aromas of licorice, ripe fruit, caramel and alcohol. Very nice lacing. Aroma reflects in taste. Too much anise for me but beer is nice and mellow for 10.5 percent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (5582) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2014
2008 vintage bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours cloudy dark brown with a thin beige head. Aroma of licorice, toffee, Christmas pudding, raisins, overripe dark fruit and caramel. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. This has aged gracefully without changing too much from the base, I would have expected the licorice to soften off but itís still the strong. Very nice.


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