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


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RATINGS: 1442   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
For more than 35 years we had to miss the Christmas beer but in 2002 the tradition was restored with Gouden Carolus Christmas. It’s a strong, dark ruby red ale with character and contains an alcohol percentage of 10.5 % alc.vol. Brewed in August, the beer rests a few months to reach an optimal balance. Six different kinds of herbs and spices and three different kinds of hops define the rich taste followed by a long, well-seasoned aftertaste. Perfect combination with wild, stews or ripened, strong cheeses. Top-class!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 26, 2005
Rich creamy and lacing foam tops this dark ruby red beer Liquorice, yeast and caramel aroma. Lots of liquorice flavour, some citrus, warming alcohol, almost like a liqueur. Sweet, yet with balancing bitterness. Soft, but well-carbonated with a full body. a very intense beer with lots of character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
bottle. brown-mahogany with a small ring of off-white head. the aroma consists of sweet dark fruit, dark bittersweet chocolate, yeast, and cheese. a very big full body with flavours of bready malt, chocolate, yeast, and fruit. another good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonsiii (165) - Fredericia, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2005
Bottle 75cl. Superb aroma and apperance. Flavour follows the aroma with a full body. I will try to get some more of these and store them to the next season.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Bottle cellared 2 years: Pours brown with a generous tan head. Complex tarte fruity aromas eventually give way to banana and coriander elements. Taste is initially nutty with some nice chocolate and fig notes. Hints of peaches and cherries in the background. Oily mouthfeel and a sweet nutty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 25, 2005
750ml Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a light off white head. Nose is dark fruits, candies and sugar, lightly malty. Taste is very sweet and candy like. Some fruits, malty caramel sweetness, and a nice thick finish that stays on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (5093) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2005
Brown with a full head upon pouring.The first flavour that hits you is liquorice aqnd this stops throughout the drinking time.Lovely full bodied with as you would expect plenty of alcohol presence.This makes Christmas worth waitiing for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2005
Dark amber-red colour. Some acid aroma and flavor. Malty and fruity taste. It´s wious and to much pepper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2005
het anker’s holiday brew might be the nearest thing to liquid fruitcake i’ve yet beheld. no, not that cheap, sucky fruitcake composed of artificially colored, rubbery psuedo-fruit blobs embedded in discusting gummy nogahide cake that’s pressed into molds like particleboard and has a dangerous half-life longer than strontium. no, i mean real home-made fruit cake blended judiciously with chunks of dried cherries, pineapple and plum, praline and orange peel with pulsing arteries of honey and rose water-- and finally dosed with enough brandy to render it incendiary within fifty feet of the fireplace. this is lovely and potent stuff. the cork pops like a starting gun on your race toward insousiant inebriation. like a brazilian beauty queen the caramel malts are brown and flushed with ruby highlights -- and even on a winter night, this gal is nude with amber clarity under that frothy woolen blanket of foam. the lace made lingering snow flake filigrees on the snifter--arabesques that defied gravity and traded electrons with the surface of the glass in a bid for archival permanence. this tenacity is owing to the huge amounts of sugar demanded by this recipe. when the sugar export market responded to the needs of just this beer, we can reasonably imagine fidel castro gleefully pumping his jubilant fists like a winning boxer. so share it with a loved one; this is a liqueur, a dessert-- and strong-- your designated driver shouldn’t be allowed to even sniff this...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Bottle shared with some fellows at work. Amber color, foamy head. Nose was candy and spice, caramel. Taste was like the smell, with some wondeful warming from the high abv. Great x-mas brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aggie80 (808) - Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Beautiful pour with solid head and a nice lace pattern. Wide variety of spicy undertones in this Belgian. Smooth, none of the alcohol burn one often finds in high content brews. I like it, but for the price expected it to be a bit more ’special.’ Got bonus points for my wife picking it up as a surprise for me.

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