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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

699 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 21
Gots: 38 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

midlifec, Feb 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

vcoggins, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/6/2012. Pours lightly cloudy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, cherry, plum, prune, fig, licorice, molasses, toast, candi sugar, brown bread, herbal, light clove, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark malt/candi sugar and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, prune, cherry, fig, licorice, molasses, candi sugar, toast, herbal, light pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, prune, fig, cherry, licorice, molasses, toast, candi sugar, pepper, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark malt/candi sugar and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding Belgian strong dark ale. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark candi sugar malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

tbryan5, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

JeffH, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ricecracker420, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Tedro
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great beer! For Me definitely something to reserve for the cold weather. It definitely has a holiday flair to it. My friends took a taste and they said they'd drink it year round. Not a year round beer for me personally but delicious nonetheless. An herbal and licorice flavor is prominent. Cheers

Tedro, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark purple, almost black with a mocha head.

S: Nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe some cloves, cherry, currants and maybe figs in the nose.

T: Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, fig, cherry and dark fruit.

M: Full bodied and smoothish.

O: A delicious combination of fruit flavors, though perhaps not as christmasy as some other winter abbey ales.

BierJager89, Jan 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Mphis, Jan 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Schmoog, Jan 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

dmk91, Jan 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Mark_Eck, Jan 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

John_Squires, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

micromaniac129, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Hopscat
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful look to this , black and very opaque .Beige head about 1/2 inch that settles slowly to good cover with nice lacing on sides of glass.
Smells of dark char, licorice, dark fruit, some herbal hops and candi sugar and licorice or allspice ?
Tastes rich with malts / sweetness - molasses upfront and then the spicey shows up with licorice- allspice - and some other stuff - 6 spices are added per the notes. I'd rate higher but the licorice is too strong for me. Alcohol is well masked even with warming.
Mouthfeel is med heavy with about right carbonation . Creamy feel invites more sipping.
Overall this isn't my favorite style. The licorice flavor just overwhelmed the rest though my second bottle a couple weeks later wasn't so overwhelming. Only my third strong dark belgian so experience is limited. Like Delirium Tremens much better.

Hopscat, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

illeagle05, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Pug, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Saind, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

lgmol, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown color on the edges that sits very dark brown/black in the glass. About a finger of head on the pour but subsides quickly to a thin head which was present while drinking. Low active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: Grassy herbal tones greet the drinker right away. Heavily spiced yet balanced yeast character warms up the body. Getting plenty of traditional belgian characteristics with bready, banana, and clove accents.

Taste: Cinnamon, ginger, and heavy spices dominate the front of this brew. Spices continue to comes in waves on the palate for a long time. Tones on the front linger through the body and slightly yield toward the back end for dough, fruit, soap, and leafy greens.

Mouthfeel: A great combination of soft drinkable tones and surprising complexity.

Overall: I tend to avoid Christmas style beers but this is a very good one. The spiced tones are done well without completely taking over this brew. Outstandingly drinkable especially at 10.5%.

KFBR392, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

rrski198, Jan 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Los1324, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

chris1919, Jan 01, 2014
Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.