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Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas - Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus Noël / ChristmasGouden Carolus Noël / Christmas

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BA SCORE
89
very good

662 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.65%


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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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rusty copper/brown color with minimal cap of khaki bubbles, little lacing. Strong notes of anise with notes of prune and fig lead with notes of brown sugar and light molasses. Taste leads with initial bite of spice from the anise, sweetness expected from the nose isn't as pronounced and gives a light pastry like quality - pizzelle cookies come to mind and peg the season perfectly. Rum soaked prune and fig on the back end and settles into a pleasant, lightly sweet brown sugar note. Medium bodied, could use a touch more heft to stand up to the bold flavors. Overall, pegs the season perfectly and quite unique with its flavor profile - only a few minor concerns with body and ability to drink more than 10oz or so.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 15:17:15 | More by rfgetz
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metter98

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of dark fruits in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, flavors of dark fruits—particularly plums and prunes—stand out in particular. It has a light to moderate amount of malty sweetness. Hints of licorice are noticeable in the aftertaste, particularly as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer is a good representation of the style and has good drinkability because it’s neither too fruity nor too sweet and has a nice malty backbone. It is a good selection so sip next to a fireplace on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 14:01:26 | More by metter98
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tenesmus

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a straight half glass at the Sand Bar Manchester.

Minimal off white head that soon faded, vigorous carbonation, the beer had a dark, almost black appearance, although held to the light one could see it was not as dense as first appears - not dissimilar to Coke to be honest.

Fragrance was enticing, of liquorice and stone fruits.

First impressions when tasting was of a velvety smooth beer, any heaviness lifted by the carbonation, a great wet kiss of liquorice dominant in the mouth with a complex aftertaste, plenty of spice such as anise, cinnamon, plus sweet malt. Very pleasant, hardly notice the alcohol content and a real hit with the Badminton group.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 15:07:21 | More by tenesmus
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer of my Beer Nutz flight 5oz pour was $2.75

A - Very dark hazy brown with some tan colored head. Lacing is and head is nice on this one.

S - Smells of typical Belgium with dark fruits, mostly dried cherries, and some candied sugars with yeast notes.

T - Pretty balanced the ABV is kind of notable. The dried cherry aspect gives it a nice tartness which I enjoyed next to mild burnt sugars and other fruits.

M - Medium to heavy this one was a sipper for sure.

Overall not one of the best Belgium's I had on tap, sweet for sure but ABV was kind of noticeable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2012 19:21:35 | More by DrDemento456
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750mL bottle poured into large snifter

Pours a deep almost purpley blacked out color with a beige head resting on top. Faint retention with some spotty lacing on the glass.

Rich malts with a plethora of dark fruits. Candied notes with raisin, date, and fig. Sweet but still malty and somewhat boozy.

Dark fruits up front with a hint of burnt sugar. Dates and figs with some candied notes. Decent malt backbone, somewhat roasty, caramel and molasses notes are present. There's a faint metallic note somewhere in here too. Warming alcohol is present throughout, especially towards the finish.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, a little chewy and soft on the tongue. Pretty much middle of the pack for the style here, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 04:41:38 | More by xnicknj
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up a couple weeks ago in "holiday" themed beer purchase. I bought many different Christmas beers, and this is one of those purchases.

This beer has a sweet and sour smell. You get fruity sweetness, almost like fruit loops. The sour is from the belgian influences. The flavor has as many layers to it as well.

This is a very good sipping beer. I really enjoyed sipping it while watching the Jersey Shore. They paired well.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 02:20:09 | More by ummswimmin
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ales4baldo

California

4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P-winter landscape with Santa flying over what probably is a small Belgian town.

A-foggy nutmeg brown. A bit cloudy and dark with a misty feel. Almost no head retention. Poured thick and smooth.

S-Belgian candy and ripe plum. Belgian malts and yeast as well. Black licorice and chocolate notes.

T-basically everything I mentioned above. Nice sweet notes and smooth alcohol hints roll on the tongue nicely. Belgian candy really keeps the beer nice and sweet but not overpowering.

M-really smooth and silk like. Alcohol presence is very soft and light. Carbonation is crisp. Full bodied and delicious.

O-this beer is going to age very well. Really good and smooth with lots of character and body. A really good beer and what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 04:58:34 | More by ales4baldo
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle given to me by my buddy Griff, because we didn't quite get to it during our blind Belgian Christmas Beer tasting. Poured into one of my New Belgium snifters.

A: Pours a deep deep dark brown, trending towards almost-black, with a thick frothy off-white head on top, with large pancake-batter like bubbles towards the middle.

S: Lots and lots of candied sugars and sweetness, a touch of bready yeast notes, and maybe a hint of dark licorice.

T: The dark licorice notes are more clearly expressed in the taste. In fact, I think it might be the most prominant of flavors. Candied sugars and a touch of raisins are underneath. The finish is dry with just a touch of bitterness.

I genuinely enjoy the black licorice notes here, but I feel as if it may be a touch unbalanced and overpronounced.

M: Light and creamy, with decent carbonation and plenty of dry sweetness left behind on the finish.

D/O: This is a prime example of why I disagree with people who write reviews based on a 2-ounce pour. 2 ounces into this glass, and I was really digging the strong licorice notes. Half way through? I'd grown weary of it, it's imbalances became more noticable, and notes of banana started to show through as it warmed, which I really didn't think worked with this brew. Drinkability is not "high" here. I suppose I would be willing to revisit at some point, but this is far from a "must have" Christmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 00:47:45 | More by psuKinger
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Vixie

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours what at first looks black, but when held up to the light it is actually a deep ruby red. Forms a large tan head which lasts for a bit.

Hard for me to tell exactly what this smells like, but it's is nice. Reminds me of Christmas goodies being bakes, fruit and cinnamon and spiced cider.

Very spicy beer here. Starts out hot, a lot of spice and the alcohol is very much present, a surprise for this style of beer. Tastes a bit like cinnamon candy as well as raisin and a bit of pepper, all backed by alcohol.

Feel is smooth and full.

Very much an interesting beer, it's a bit spicier than I expect for the style. There is no doubt this is a holiday beer, the smell and taste fit in perfectly with that time of year. A bit too strong to drink a lot of, but a good one to have on a cold night, it will warm you right up.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:08:41 | More by Vixie
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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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Brabander

Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is a funny beer with a taste and smell which is totally different from other Christmwas beers.

I bought this beer in the shop of Bierparadijs in Meer, Belgium.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks very nice, deep darkbrown with four fingers head. Nice, no... superlacing. Bottle best before november 2014.

They trew a lot of 'anijs' in this beer and that makes this beer very nice to drink. Very soft and round drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 21:30:45 | More by Brabander
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IPA35

Netherlands

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty, dark beer with an off white head.

Smells good from a distance..
Yeast, dark fruits and spice. Lovely.

Sweet dark fruits up front, followed by dark malts with a sweet and again fruity finish. Good stuff.
Some alcohol. Maybe even hints of bubblegum and salty liquorice.

Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation.

Overal a very nice Christmas beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 18:18:19 | More by IPA35
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Forms a 2 finger fluffy off-white head that recedes calmly from a steady pour. Lacing is fantastic and covers the sides of the glass with very fine bubbles. Color is a very dark brown. Carbonation is strong with multiple streams seen around the sides of the glass.

S: I pick up a boozy anise aroma first, followed by a dark fruits, mostly raisin and plum. It smells very sweet, strong traces of toffee and brown sugar.

T: Chocolate, blackberry, cinnamon, nutmeg and molasses. Finishes with a malty nuttiness. The ABV is mostly concealed by the spicy, fruity flavors.

M: Smooth. Tanginess of the strong carbonation and warming of the ABV are really nice. Leaves a thin coating of sweet nuttiness on the palate which contributes to the high drinkability factor.

O: A fantastic example of holiday winter warmer. Who needs a fireplace when you can have a Carolus Noël?

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 06:33:09 | More by cooler4life
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capeannbass36

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Amesbury Ale House. Served in a Boulevard Brewery tulip.

A- A cloudy cocoa brown with slightly red highlights. Small tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- Sweet and spicy. Caramel.

T- Caramel. Sweet malt. Clove and coriander. Dark fruits. Pretty complex for my semi-educated, beer related taste buds.

M- Light carbonation. Slick. Smooth.

O- Definitely a taste bud pleaser. Could not imagine attempting 3 of these. Atleast not if I were driving. YUM!

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2011 00:00:31 | More by capeannbass36
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prototypic

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gouden Carolus Noël pours a very dark amber color. It’s a little hazy, but light cuts through and shows nice burgundy highlights. A light tan head sits on top. It only rises to about a finger in height before falling back. It held steady on the surface for a bit. Lacing was sticky and moderate as it descended.

The nose is good. It’s definitely fruity. Dark fruit notes are relatively strong. Plum and raisin easily shine. Other fruit scents of apple, pear, and berries are also notes. It smells sweet and malty. Caramel malts are definitely in the mix. Perhaps a little bit of chocolate as well. There are earthy characteristics that linger throughout. It has light fruit cake-ish scent, but it’s not offensive. Belgian yeast and a host of spices emerge. Spicy notes include clove, ginger, and perhaps a little coriander. Alcohol is more prominent than anticipated. Smells good.

The flavor is excellent. The malt base consists of sweet caramel and cocoa-esque chocolate. It’s flavorful and sturdy. A host of fruit flavors follow – raisin, plum, light berries, and a little apple. Belgian yeast is noted and tastes delicious. Spices quickly follow and complement the fruit flavors extremely well. Ginger, coriander, and clove are the most notable, although there are surely others. It does taste a little like fruit cake, but it’s really not bad. Just very deep and complex. An interesting smoky flavor winds up each sip. It’s nice and really adds something. I like it. Alcohol is there in flavor, but it isn’t warm or hot. Finishes malty and sweet with a host spicy notes.

Gouden Carolus Noël has a medium body. Carbonation seems active, but the bubbles feel light and soft. It is nice and smooth. This 750 is disappearing quickly. Finishing it off will not be a problem.

I’m yet to have anything close to a bad beer from Brouwerij Het Anker. That places brews high quality beer. Gouden Carolus Noël is exactly that. It’s deep, complex, and packed with flavor. It’s impressive. If you see a bottle around, grab one. You’ll thank yourself for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 04:12:07 | More by prototypic
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich chestnut brown with ruby hues beneath the light tan head that fades quickly but leaves traces of lacing for the duration of the beer.

Generous dark fruit aromas float from the glass such as cherries, grapes, and raisins with hints of winter spices, dark malts, and Belgian yeast to accompany them.

The flavor offers abundant dark fruits similar to the aroma with sweet cherries and vinous grapes. More dark malts in the flavor with spices and woody notes and a fruity finish that offers cherries and plums.

Medium to full in body with medium carbonation and offering a smooth and warming finish.

Great Belgian Christmas beer. Just the right blend of traditional Belgian Strong Dark characteristics with the woody and spice notes one may expect from a Christmas brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 18:57:32 | More by CHADMC3
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draheim

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (botteld 9/8/2011) into a chalice. Pours a crystal clear mahogany w/ a minimal off-white head.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, dark sweet malt, brown sugar, fruit and spice.

Taste follows nose. Dark malt, raisins & other dark fruit, spice and nice warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is velvety & luxurious.

Overall a really nice strong dark ale that hits all the right sweet spots on Christmas Eve.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 00:47:12 | More by draheim
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ksimons

New York

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a chestnut brown with light ruby highlights. Half a fingers worth of cream head leaves some bubbly laces on top.

S-rich malts, dark fruits, and orange. Good except I don't feel like the orange smell fits

T-taste is similar to the smell, lots of rich malt, plums and raisins, orange, and a light citrus bitterness. A small bit of alcohol warming

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation

Overall I like it, but I am not loving the orange taste. I really wanted to like this since I like Het Anker a lot, but this one just isn't grabbing me. After finishing the beer started to grow on me, it is very mellow and has a nice complexity to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 22:45:32 | More by ksimons
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A brewery with experience. Let's see what this seasonal ale has to offer. With maybe a surprise ending at the end??

....

Appearance - A very dark, stern ale with amazing head retention. Faint, strong amber/ deep ruby coloration around the edges of my Gouden Carolus glass (when light manages to get through). An off-white, beige head with a slightly brown hue. Very rich and creamy. Thick head.

Smell - Strong notes of cherry, dark malts, light woodsy aroma with possibly even whiskey. Dark fruits with a light hop on the nose. Not much though. Quite spicy and sugary. Without tasting, it hints at being very sweet. Anise (a common trait of almost all Het Anker products) and dark, dried figs.

Taste - Smoke, whiskey/ scotch, ripe cherries, anise (black liquorice flavors), wood and barrel (this beer is definitely casked in something) with plenty of herbs and spices (I cannot seem to figure out which, and it's driving me nuts!). Hints of hops. Maybe traces of cinnamon, although very subtle. The alcohol, sugars and herb notes almost create the impression of cinnamon. This is definitely not as balanced as other Het Anker recipes, but it is still overwhelming delicious and impressive. A tad on the sugary side, but hell, it's Christmas!! This is one to bust out and overload on sweets!

Mouthfeel - The sugars and smokey notes really create a massive PUNCH here. After only one glass I am feeling this. A staunch kick-off to Christmas for sure. This is smooth and sweet. Again, a tad on the sugary side and the alcohol isn't fully hidden. But I am willing to cut this some slack being it's Christmas and the rum and the scotch are a-flowin'.

Overall - If you are not a fan of Christmas treats and toothaches, then perhaps this is not for you. A plethora of sweet notes, whiskey (wood and smoke), brown sugar and cherries with anise. As far as brewing goes, I am fairly confident that this is the Classic aged in wood barrels each year. I am not entirely sure if it is scotch or whiskey, but nonetheless, it is aged and perhaps a few more ingredients are thrown in as well. Amazing and festive. Love this beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 02:04:51 | More by Agent1
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle

Pours an opaque nutty brown, two inch plus head is off white, dissipates slow, leaves a film.

Smells of champagne grapes, esters, fresh grain malts, and floral resin hops.

Tastes of grapes and fresh grain malts. The hops are almost nonexistent. Bretty yeast as well.

Body is medium to full with soft tingles of carbonation.

Overall a delicious and enjoyable holiday brew, but I've had a few Belgian christmas offerings I'd pick before this. Still, nothing to turn your nose up at.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 00:52:39 | More by Cylinsier
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jdense

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl bottle shared at Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting, 12.18.11.

Half finger light brown head, quick dissipation resulting in thin broken layer of head on top of dark brown body, several streams of slow rising bubbles visible around edge of glass. Stone fruit dominated nose, plums and currants, big dose of dark candi sugar, floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, more plums than currants or raisins, sweetness from the formidable dose of candi sugar, a bit of spice vanilla, floral hops not bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, decent effervescence. Wondering if this taste a bit more full in the big bottle, I preferred the St. Bernardus to this, might benefit from some aging.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 17:41:43 | More by jdense
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer appears dark chestnut brown with a formidable khaki head. Ample lacing and lasting head retention. The aroma offers malt, sweet spice, brown sugar, dark fruit, alcohol. Sweet breads, dark fruit, spices, malt, brown sugar, and Christmas cookies in the flavor. Quite sweet throughout - I am glad to be splitting this bottle. Licorice, candies, decadent holiday sweets, fruitcake. Complex and well done, though a bit cloying for my taste. The feel is thin to medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, a bit too sweet, though well done and enjoyable. Best in small quantities.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 04:03:08 | More by Huhzubendah
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Ho-Ho Belgian Christmas.

Light creamy head, little lacing, dark molasses brown ruby color.

Nose complex and weird, holiday spices cinnamon, clove, nutmeg maybe, hints of citrus, booze, light coffee, creamy malts and caramel, molasses, candi sugar, OK but just all over the place.

Taste malty, caramel malts and reddish malts galore, semi sweet, light candi sugar and molasses, light biscuit, vanilla, spices with more holiday spices, little creamy, earthy and herbal little tannic flavor probably from the spices or barely detectable hops. Light estery booze. Finishes a bit boozy, drier but sticky syrupy feel, more spices and caramel reddish malts, hint of dark fruits finally.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, warming almost tingly booze.

Overall nice except the earthy herbal tannic taste I'm not a fan of. Decent spices held in check, great almost barleywine malt profile, tasty and decent booze profile.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2011 03:50:00 | More by jlindros
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ryanonline

Florida

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

updated. my last review was two years ago. also my tastes have changed and i have had many different beers and even homebrewed my own.

pours a beautiful dark dark brown with some slight ruby highlights and a thin off white head that dissipates quickly leaving sheets of lacing.

the smell is very strong of spices, peppermint and spearmint sort of mingled together along with a touch of clove. the malt aroma is very strong as well. heavy on the bran and toffee. only a light flowery hop aroma in the nose.

The spices are all over on this one, along with a HUGE alcohol heat. Anise and peppermint with a light touch of spearmint or wintergreen. it has a slightly sweet and sour malt bill, the spice and alcohol just dominate any sense of anything else.

the mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a touch of soft carbonation. the finish is dry and lasting.

drinkability is pretty low on this one, it is super complex and really filling.

there is just a bit too much heat on this one, and the minty spice is just overbearing, but damn is it something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 20:25:38 | More by ryanonline
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karait95

Mexico

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very nice dark color, with some reddish when against light but in general dark brown almost not transparent, the carbonation is rich forming a big head over the beer that dissipates not too fast leaving a permanent well formed layer on top of the beer, the color of the head is a light brown formed of small condensed bubbles.

S: Fruity aroma, specifically prunes can be sensed at once, a back support of toasted malts can also be tested and at the end a little strong alcohol presence can also be smelt.

T: Taste is pretty good also a complex combination of fruits, toasted malts, hops (but not too much, just enough for little flavor) and of course the alcohol of a strong ale.

M: Even the alcohol is high in this beer the sensation is not bad, it start with some sweetness and changes slowly and smoothly into a little bittersweetness with a pronounced ending that remains long in the back of the mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 04:27:08 | More by karait95
Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.