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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

684 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | 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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Hopscat

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

01-17-2014 20:20:02 | More by Hopscat
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illeagle05

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-14-2014 01:43:01 | More by illeagle05
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-09-2014 19:34:10 | More by Griffith
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Pug

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

01-06-2014 21:28:04 | More by Pug
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Saind

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

01-06-2014 12:08:05 | More by Saind
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-05-2014 18:00:57 | More by lgmol
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -3%

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%.

01-03-2014 04:38:57 | More by KFBR392
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rrski198

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-02-2014 01:49:26 | More by rrski198
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Los1324

New York

2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

01-02-2014 01:44:10 | More by Los1324
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chris1919

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

01-01-2014 20:37:46 | More by chris1919
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dirtylou

Washington

3.86/5  rDev -2.5%

750ml bottle, split, westvleteren chalce

2008 vintage

In honor of loving memories of a morning in Mechelen. I was stoked to get a 5-year old bottle of this at a very fair price @bottleworks. This is pretty spice forward, particularly clove, ginger, and mint. The body is a little on the light side - fading dark fruit and tempered alcohol. Not at the top of my list of belgian christmas ales, but still a sentimental favorite.

01-01-2014 19:40:30 | More by dirtylou
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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

01-01-2014 18:54:39 | More by samEBC
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bschinelli

Illinois

3/5  rDev -24.2%

01-01-2014 00:42:58 | More by bschinelli
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desint

Belgium

2.25/5  rDev -43.2%

12-31-2013 23:56:38 | More by desint
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mrk829

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-30-2013 23:24:33 | More by mrk829
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-29-2013 22:18:26 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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KindaFondaGoozah

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1%

12-29-2013 19:23:42 | More by KindaFondaGoozah
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JTuomi

Finland

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-27-2013 19:34:15 | More by JTuomi
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shelby415

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-26-2013 07:47:04 | More by shelby415
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Campodog

Spain

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-25-2013 09:13:27 | More by Campodog
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fx20736

New York

4.68/5  rDev +18.2%

Bought a 4pk from Beers of the World in November 2013. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Bernardus Chalice. Served at cellar temp.

Appearance: very dark with a tan, foaming head, scant lacing.

Aroma: Licorice. Lots of licorice i]with a touch of cloves in the background. Maybe some earthy spearmint too. Very unique, quite intoxicating.

Mouthfeel: soft, supple, bouyant.

Taste: Burnt brown sugar/ molasses with a spicy, spearmint kiss.

Notes: Unlike any other Belgian Dark Ale, this is a unique, interesting and tasty beer. Wish I had more of it.

12-25-2013 00:51:37 | More by fx20736
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mizx

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +1%

12-25-2013 00:20:58 | More by mizx
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wiscokid920

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1%

12-24-2013 15:52:39 | More by wiscokid920
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Luiz0930

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-24-2013 07:08:53 | More by Luiz0930
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jmjwolfman

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

12-24-2013 00:08:39 | More by jmjwolfman
Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.