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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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very good

686 Ratings

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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

srgj88, Jul 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

RobertH50, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

adam5454, Jul 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

bobv, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

KAF, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

patre_tim, Jun 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

AlpacaAlpaca, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

kingjohnh, Jun 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

PappyVans, May 19, 2014
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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!


RonaldTheriot, May 08, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -68.4%

ripweblo, May 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

beer64nut, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

roblowther, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

jroberts8811, Apr 17, 2014
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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

Sludgeman, Mar 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

jera1350, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Lehighace06, Mar 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

KevinGordon, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

dmorgan310, Mar 07, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

This beer has 10% ABV, believe it or not, but the alcohol content is quite hidden behind its sweet/dark character. It catching up to me by the end of the bottle, this beer packs quite the ABV punch!

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!

DJLehnherr, Mar 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

patra7, Feb 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

cburns48, Feb 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Beer-Ed, Feb 11, 2014
Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.