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Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus Noël / ChristmasGouden Carolus Noël / Christmas

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BA SCORE
89
very good

684 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 11-24-2002)
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mattfancett

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -49.5%

08-27-2014 17:05:00 | More by mattfancett
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

Had a 2008 bottle last week and here is review. Poured a reddish brown body with minimal head and lace and a velvety aroma that is boozy and woody while giving off spices like pepper and ginger and dark fruits like black cherry, figs and raisins.
The beer is oh so sweet and smooth and for the booziness and flavors it packs it really is only medium bodied and not thick/syrupy at all.
Maybe too sweet for some, and with the aged bottle I had too boozy, but the sweetness from spices and fruits, such as candi sugar, figs, hints of toffee and caramel, spices like anise and ginger, and vanilla bourbon sweetness, just really pack a great punch for me.
I found balance in the beer with touches of bread like malt and yeast so no too sweet and has a mild finish thanks to well hidden booze.

08-22-2014 21:21:54 | More by clayrock81
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irishpride

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

08-11-2014 00:59:30 | More by irishpride
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barczar

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Bought 2 years ago, probably got 3 or more years on it.

Pours an opaque deep brown with a dense, frothy khaki head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.

Rum-soaked date nut bread overwhelms the initial aroma. Reminds me exactly of Christmas at grandma's. Notes of raisins and treacle emerge.

Flavor is rife with dark fruit character. Prunes, dates, booze, figs, plums, and bruised cherries underlie a cloyingly sweet, candi sugar backbone. Cola comes to mind in subsequent sips.

Body is smooth and rich, fairly full, with minimal carbonation.

Sweeter than I had hoped, but the complex ester character is phenomenal. Still boozy and warming, this could probably age a few more years. Some oxidized sherry notes would counter the sweetness well, if they developed. The longer this beer lingered open, the better it got. Slightly tart sherry notes came out more, making it much less cloying.

08-05-2014 04:28:13 | More by barczar
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

08-02-2014 04:27:43 | More by Mebuzzard
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Jeffwildcat

Arizona

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%

The anise and clove hit you immediately on this one. Bottle date is August 2013 so it has aged quite a bit. Abv says 10.5 but seems closer to 12. Very smooth and abc doesn't hit you you until 1/2 way. Certainly more of a Christmassy beer but had to open 1 of 2 I had. Glad I did.

08-02-2014 04:00:17 | More by Jeffwildcat
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-01-2014 13:52:07 | More by Doomcifer
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swean

Kansas

5/5  rDev +26.3%

07-27-2014 13:30:40 | More by swean
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srgj88

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

07-21-2014 23:09:23 | More by srgj88
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RobertH50

Texas

4/5  rDev +1%

07-18-2014 19:19:40 | More by RobertH50
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_morandi_

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%

07-14-2014 22:53:42 | More by _morandi_
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adam5454

Alabama

4/5  rDev +1%

07-13-2014 15:23:18 | More by adam5454
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bobv

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

07-11-2014 04:00:46 | More by bobv
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

07-07-2014 03:27:48 | More by KAF
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patre_tim

China

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-29-2014 22:24:53 | More by patre_tim
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AlpacaAlpaca

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-24-2014 01:04:42 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
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kingjohnh

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +1%

06-14-2014 14:47:51 | More by kingjohnh
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

05-22-2014 20:21:02 | More by afsdan
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

05-19-2014 18:09:55 | More by PappyVans
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Gouden Carolus Noel has a thin, cream-colored or beige head, a medium-brown, appearance, fierce bubble streams, and some thin lacing left behind. The aroma is sharp- sweet, rich, spiced bread, licorice, alligator pepper, fruit, and other assorted herbs and spices, which I can’t pin down. Taste is similar, with an overriding licorice aspect. There is even a menthol note upon inhalation and exhalation. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and somewhat prickly, and Gouden Carolus Noel finishes mostly dry and decently drinkable. Alcohol is not picked up, except faintly in the background. Overall, this is a super beer!

RJT

05-08-2014 21:05:37 | More by RonaldTheriot
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ripweblo

Florida

1.25/5  rDev -68.4%

05-01-2014 03:19:41 | More by ripweblo
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beer64nut

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

05-01-2014 01:47:12 | More by beer64nut
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roblowther

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-20-2014 21:19:08 | More by roblowther
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jroberts8811

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-17-2014 01:58:03 | More by jroberts8811
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -14.6%

Bottle on 1/8/11, $5.29/11.2oz, poured into a tulip.

A "winter warmer" for sure, but a complex mess and an ugly pour. The alcohol will sneak up on you, but it does not balance the malty sweetness. Not a drain pour, but never again. A very disappointing beer based on my previous experience with and general affection for Carolus. 3.25

A – Pours a cloudy, murky, muddy brown (-) with a beige mousey one-finger head, totally opaque, good lacing. 2.75

S – Sweet port-like, vinous, alcohol – a little whiskey, definitely raisins and figs, spiciness is faint to non-existent. 3.75

T – Sweet malt, some liqueur qualities. 3.25

MF – Medium-bodied, some alcohol warmth in the finish and lasting on the palate, not solventy but close. 3.75

03-15-2014 19:20:19 | More by Sludgeman
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Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
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