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

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RATINGS: 1473   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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KombatAle (129) - New Brunswick, - MAY 19, 2013
Pours clear dark red with a long lasting and light lacing frothy big beige head. Aroma is complex, spicy and very estery with anise, raisin, plum, roasted malt, caramel, bubblegum, pear, strawberry, red apple, apricot, banana and candy. Taste is medium sweet with a tiny acidic note. Body is medium, texture is light creamy and oily, carbonation is moderate. Finishes sweet.


4
ForlornHope (531) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2017
Bottle at home. Best before end 2016 but who cares. Deep red-brown with a tight tan head. Lovely aroma of figs, dates, plum jam and scalded sugar. Sweet start with a gentle bitterness to balance. Sweet sappy malt with red fruit and raisin flavours with a hint of marzipan. Long, warming finish. Hides the booze well for such a strong beer. Very nice.

4.7
tdiers (1) - Fruita, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2017 does not count
My favorite Belgian Christmas Beer. It has a very complex mixture of various flavors dough, herbs, caramel, bread, chocolate, coffee, roasty, raisin, licorice, alcohol, clove. It’s alcohol content of 10.5 sneaks up on you. I goes down smooth like a lower red, brown, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,

3.9
Lager43 (49) - Watertown, Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2017
Favorite Christmas Ale for many years . Ages beautifully too. My favorite Christmas beer from Belgium. Have aged bottles for years and it just gets better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
nybol (2247) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2017
Kompleks med masser af krydderier i aroma. Der er ikke så kulsyre, som jeg forventer fra en belgisk Strong. En god mængde af lakrids, en øl der rigtig varmer.

4.3
Almogabar (61) - MARIA DE HUERVA (ZARAGOZA), SPAIN - JUN 23, 2017
Botella de 33 cl adquirida en Liquidos. Color marrón oscuro. Espuma blanca, mancha el vaso, persistente. Aromas a frutos rojos, uva madura, especias y clavo. Sabor a maltas tostadas, regaliz negro muy marcado, pasas, café. Se notan los más de 10 grados de alcohol, pero no desentonan en mi opinión.

2.2
martythesmarty (368) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2017
Bottle. Pours brown with almost no head. Salmiak aroma. Taste of licorice. Not good.

4.1
Arcanor (421) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2017
330ml bottle, best before 2017-08-26. Pour hazy dark reddish brown with a fast disappearing foam. Aroma of strong spice, clove and candied fruit. Taste is sweet and strong on the same spice, malty. High body and carbonation for the style. Dry, licorice. Long sweet clove and malty finish.

2.2
Cristobal37 (1158) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 3, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2017 Bottle bb 2018/9. Super dark black with thin head. Sugar, medicinal herbs aroma. Black liqourice, jagermeister, doughy absinthe taste. I hope something went wrong here because I usually love Het Anker beers. Hot alcohol streak in the finish. Deplorable really. What could have caused this? Oxidation? I think I?ll try again, cause I respect this brewery and something seems off, if not wow that was atrocious.

4.3
teddybearontap (17) - - APR 21, 2017
Appearance - beautiful mahogany brown color with a creamy foam top. Aroma - raisins, honey, a hint of toasty maltiness, nice and spicy with clove and anise-seed. Taste - echoes the aroma. I normally dislike Belgian strong ales due to their banana-y cloyingly sweet esthers, but this was a very welcome exception. The sweetness had more of a honey, even raisin characteristics without being annoyingly sweet, and the star anise notes I got from it were simply gorgeous. Palate - not watery, not too syrup-y, and not so fizzy it drowns out the flavors. Well done. Overall - a very, very well-made beer. My favorite holiday beer to date, indeed: my favorite spiced beer in general to date. I really, really enjoyed this and definitely got me in the christmas/wintery mood. Honestly, the only thing this beer needed more was a fireplace to enjoy it by and snow falling in the background. And I say that despite the fact that I normally, full disclosure, absolutely despise Gouden Carolus (I find it too cloyingly sweet for me). In fact, this is the beer that inspired my first homebrew. I’d say that speaks for itself.

4.1
Hector44 (12) - SPAIN - APR 20, 2017
Una gran cerveza, muy aromática, destacando los toques de regaliz y frutos rojos, dejando en el paladar el gusto de café junto con las pasas y regaliz


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