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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1481   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
llucmaduell (202) - barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 19, 2016
Good beer, but a step away from being a wonderful beer. Too evidence of alcohol, lack a little subtlety.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (2612) - Asturias, SPAIN - DEC 18, 2016
Botella, BBD:18/09/17 Color marron, sabor malta, dulce, notas a pasas, cuerpo denso, rica.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (1539) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 17, 2016
Negro con reflejos rojizos y espuma beis. Aroma de regaliz, fruto negro, menta. Cuerpo denso con sabor como en aroma con final de amargor ligero, pero equilibrado y fresco.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CzechTex (154) - - DEC 17, 2016
On tap Bierhuis. Aroma more subdued than Delirium Christmas and Gulden Draak (in my 3x flight). Maybe because it is last in line...taste is more complex, the spicing is evident but not overwhelming--nicely balanced. Each sip tastes better than the previous.... But it was correct to taste this one last. I would order this again, excellent!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
alteregoo (1149) - POLAND - DEC 17, 2016
Piana spora, średnio pęcherzykowa, po kilku minutach opada do nieregularnej pierzynki. Barwa rubinowa, klarowna. Zapach słodowo estrowo ziołowy, przy czym nieco drażni szałwia/tymianek i anyżek, które budzą skojarzenia z lekarstwem... W smaku słodkie, jest karmel, miód, kandyzowane i suszone owoce, ale najbardziej znów dają się we znaki zioła, które dominują całość, tworząc z piwa syropowe monstrum o likierowej konsystencji... Wysycenie średnie, goryczka niska, pikantna, szczypiąca, miętowa w posmaku.
Anyż i szałwia - coś dla miłośników takiej kombinacji, dla sympatyków Amolu i syropu na kaszel...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Samuel214 (765) - SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2016
Flaska från Beergium, något år gammal. Mörkbrun, nästan svart med beiget skum. Söt och kryddig doft med anis, fänkål och lite lakrits i förgrunden. Söt och fyllig, även i smaken mest stjärnanis och fänkål. En del brunt socker, lite kaffetoner i bakgrunden. Mustigt och juligt. Gott om man gillar en ganska kryddad öl. Bas-ölen bär dock upp det väl.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kanaclane (403) - - DEC 14, 2016
Nez: Réglisse, anis Bouche: Chocolat, réglisse, anis, épicée, herbacée, liquoreuse Une bière de noël très bien faite.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvanFriend (506) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2016
Aroma is pine and herbs. Flavor is licorice,a touch of mint, and spice. I like this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emelie (30) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2016
Lukt: anis, fänkål, mörkt muscovadosocker, syrligt Smak: söt, bränt socker, lite syrlig i eftersmaken, Växte efter ett tag!!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Flanfl (722) - Lyon, FRANCE - DEC 11, 2016
Deep dark brown body, medium beige head. Aroma of liquorice, green anis, dried raisin, caramel, spicies, alcohol fusel. Flavours of caramel, liquorice, green anis, dried raisin, alcohol fusel, spices. Long warm, liquorice and green anis finish. Smooth and creamy body, soft carbo. Good but the anis and liquorice are a bit cloying.


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