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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

672 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 672
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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*2011

750ml bottle into two brandy snifters.

Dark, plummy brown. Bubbly head recedes to a static ring with some washy surface foam.

Big yeasty aromas with loads of fruity esters, vinous qualities, and spice notes. Sweet licorice, rum raisin, attic, blackberry jam, clove, and booze.

Spice notes on the tongue with big, dark, toasted malts in full force. Very tiny on the hop. Boozy finish with a warming throat-swallow. The licorice is there again, but more subdued. Winey, in a light-bodied red sort of way. A little metallic or tinny. A lot happening on the roof of my mouth as well.

Leading into mouthfeel, this is a wet and milky brew. Medium-high carbonation. Feels like a Belgian Strong Dark, for sure, but this one's still a bit hot. More complex than most Belgian Christmas offerings on the nose, maybe not so much on the taste. I remember it being much more satisfying when I've had it on tap.

*2012

2012 Gouden Carolus Noel, assumedly. 'L0870'. Poured into a Corsendonk Christmas goblet.

Pours a dark brown with lots of swirling floaties. Hard to control the head during the pour, but it's sitting at a nice cropped lip--khaki in color.

Nutty Belgian yeast, raisin, dried trail mix fruits, candi sugar, and other quad-like aromas. A little vinous, a little bit of red currant.

Surprisingly, not the licorice bomb that were the last few years'. Unhumble yeast strain exercises nutty and sweet esters. Candi sugar, raisin, desserty breads, dried dark fruits, alcohol, and a hint of sweet licorice rope. Standardized versus previous vintages; it's more of a typical Belgian Strong Dark, but not exceptional or exciting. Still an elegant holiday beer. A drink I want to drink.

Hefty in the body with some added creaminess. The carbonation picks up in the back of the throat. A rich feel.

A beer enjoyed more by myself in the past two years. It's been ramped back on the spices, but it still fits for what it is... a well-made Belgian Christmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 03:51:51 | More by thecheapies
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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!

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T – Sweet malt, some liqueur qualities. 3.25

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Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
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