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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

676 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 676
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 19
Gots: 31 | 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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Reviews by Shovelbum:
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

Pours a one finger off-white head over a deep mahogany body. Small bubbles rise to the surface. The head recedes with a creamy ring around the edge and respectable lace. Aromas of vinous fruit—plums, raisins—some pear too. Slightly musty. The flavor is similarly delectable with wave after wave of malty complexity. It starts with caramel and dark fruit interwoven with a nice sweetness. More berry-like fruit emerges toward the middle and finish. Just enough bitterness toward the finish to add a slight crispness and balance. There are some unidentifiable spice notes from the yeast or spice additions that add complexity without being overdone. Medium to full-bodied. The carbonation is a bit low for a Belgian, but is still high enough to provide balance and prevent the sweet full body from being too slick.

Full of malty complexity in both aroma and flavor. It seems there are some spice additions, but they are properly done and add complexity without standing out as spices. A great winter-time sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 22:26:52 | More by Shovelbum
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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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

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Poured this out of a bottle on a sunny but coldish early March day, and pairing it with chicken roasted in a beer-based sauce. Pour out an opaque dark-brown color with only a very little foamy white head, which falls away quickly. Smells of sweet malt with maybe a hint of vanilla and even licorice-like scents…

Quite sweet to the taste, on the first sip. Nice toasty-burnt maltiness there, but the caramel sweetness dominates, more than I expected. Sourness, too, on the lingering taste, but only a little cherry fruitiness — I’m getting more of that licorice-anise taste/scent again… Pleasant mix overall, very little carbonation.

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Paired well with the chicken, mashed potatoes and beer-based gravy on a cold day, if you ask me, and I’d gladly drink it again. Quite strong, however, so be prepared!

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Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.