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

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RATINGS: 1438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle shared with Edgar. Snifter. Pours a dark brown completely opaque with a light fluffy head. Great sporadic lacing. Aroma of anise, black jelly beans, dark fruits and Belgian yeasts. Taste is powerful with spices such as anise, dark fruits, dark candies, dark breads, cloves and alcohol. Medium to full in body, some carbonation. Finish is really anise. A winter warming beer for sure.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmrmwel (1864) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark maroon, with a small, creamy, mocha head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, with bread, kandi, caramel, tobacco and wooden barrels, as well as liquorice, and some light spices and herbal notes. Full body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet, fruity, dark malts, with liquorice, tobacco, raisins, and herbal notes of camphor, as well as bread and wooden notes.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SvanteL (353) - SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2016
Vackert rubinröd med stor gräddvit skumkrona som lägger sig som en hinna på ytan och fäster på glasets kanter. Doften är stor och vinös med en massa söta torkade frukter, rejält med anis plus lite andra kryddor samt lite pomerans. Smaken är mycket komplex, läckert söt av torkad frukt (dadlar, fikon, aprikoser), vinös (inte så konstigt med 10,5%), anis och sötlakrits, pomerans och en julig liten kryddighet. Stor, rund och fyllig munkänsla med lite eldighet av alkoholen. Oj, oj, denna är bara sååå smaskig att smutta på.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ninecats (504) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2016
Bottle. Clear deep reddish brown, beige five finger head, disipates slowly leaving lots of lacings. Aroma is licorice, anise, dried dark fruit, dark bread, jelly, spruce. Taste is very sweet with licorice notes, bread, honey, fruity notes near the finish, warmth and alcohol as well as oxidated notes in the end. Big body, low carbo. A very big beer on flavours.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
charmarita (56) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2016
Wow! Truly amazing beer. Aroma is of delicatey spiced gluhwein and appearance to match, deep burgundy. Pours from bottle with beautiful tall off-white foam head. Taste mildly sweet with no bitterness or saltiness. Palate soft and supple. Fantastic beer. I almost thought I was drinking a rich red wine at first. Highly recommend, not just for Christmas. Top notch drop.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (4422) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2016 Cellared 2013 bottle served in a Belgian snifter at about 45F. Dark brown body that’s opaque in the glass. Fragile, bubbly white head but good lacing. Aroma: Slightly bready and very fruity with loads of raisins. Flavor: lightly sweet, moderately complex; fruity with notes of dates and golden raisins. Lightly spicy. Full bodied with medium carbonation.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zarrach76 (66) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 6, 2016
Belle brune avec un regard aguicheur, dont la couleur rappelle un certain soda américain, le tout avec une mousse épaisse à la versée qui disparait rapidement pour laisser un collet ocre sur quelques millimètres. Nez exquis : pêche blanche bien mûre, mangue, pruneau, cerise noire, orange, zest de citron, pomme cuite avec de la cannelle, mandarine, vanille... Derrière, on devine des composantes épicées végétales, que l’on retrouve notamment dans... la Chartreuse ! Une vraie liqueur, avec un alcool bien équilibré et des sucres gourmands (sirop d’érable, cassonade, caramel, pâte sablée...). Une véritable bière de Noël !!! Bouche hyper ronde, un peu huileuse qui tapisse généreusement tous les sens. Carbonatation faible, alcool puissant mais dans la bonne tonalité et qui exhausse parfaitement les arômes. Le côté liquoreux est très présent et rappelle vraiment le vin chaud dans ses saveurs. Toujours l’impression de boire une petite Chartreuse jaune au passage ! Le fruit est bien là, la pêche est toujours présente, ainsi que le raisin sec, la mirabelle, la prune, la cerise confite, le chocolat... Les houblons sont discrets mais sont distillés tout au long de la dégustation. Het Anker nous gratifie une fois de plus d’une grande bière, dans la lignée de la Cuvee Van De Keizer par exemple... Presque parfaite si elle n’avait pas ce côté trop sucrée et si les houblons étaient un poil plus virulents. Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
erling1000 (626) - - NOV 6, 2016
A belgian, very dark brown, very strong X-mas ale with barley malt and wheat, and with very high, creamy head. Aroma is liqourice toffee, caramel, light malt, light prune? Taste is sweet and light bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leini (1868) - SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2016
750ml bottle, 2013 edition if memory serves right. Dark mahogany body with a low compact beige head. Liquorice, caramel, tons of anise, some herbs, floral notes and a touch of cinnamon. Quite nice, but the anise thing is a bit over the top for me.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
OminouSC2 (499) - Mora, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2016
Mahogny brown color, huge beige head. Sweet caramel aromas, sugar figs and toffee. Taste of... Jägermeister? I don’t like Jäger. Off-putting.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nutjes (406) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2016
33cl-fles bij Mario. Merci! U: Donkerbruin met een grote beige schuimkraag. G: Veel anijs, drop en wat karamel. S: Zeer zoet, opnieuw veel anijs, gedroogd fruit, wat alcohol en geroosterde mout. M: Plakkerig met zachte carbonatie.


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