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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

724 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 24
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of Hautacam
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the ' 05 brew. I aged it for one year.
Pours out dark brown with huge tan head. Laces and settles to about 1/8 ".
Smells mostly of malt and chocolate. Some hints of spice.
Taste is very complex...loads of sweet malt..buttery, touches of licorice, cherry, caramel , toffee, chocolate, butterscotch ...some dried fruits and even some bubblegum.This is a heady brew. Just gets more intense as it warms up. Alcohol barely noticable.
Thick, rich, velvety mouthfeel .
Damn , this stuff is good. This is a dessert beer....although I enjoyed it with roasted chestnuts...it would definitely stand up alone. Quite the brew.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle no date code, poured into a grottenbier glass.
Pours the color of maple syrup, with a creamy short lived head.
Alcohol floats on top.
Big fruity aroma, melons, dates, raisins, with some brown sugar and spice thrown in for good measure.
Flavor is sweet, prunes, oranges, anise, candied fruit. a little pithy on the finish. after it warms it takes on a cream sherry like feel (with carbonation) almost a dessert type beer.
ABV is well hidden, so use caution when drinking.

Photo of chris1919
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mzeld
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of deac83
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of clickpush
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip glass. A large light tan 2-3 finger head appears over a dark copper body, and just a couple trails of tiny bubbles coming up the side of the glass. The head lasts several minutes and leaves a fluffy layer on top of the beer that looks as thick as meringue.

Nose: Smells like gumdrops and a lit up pine tree sitting in someone's living room. Allspice, black pepper, cinnamon, and a faint dustiness to it that does a good job at keeping the alcohol at bay.

Mouth: A huge warm alcohol spiciness combines with the above mentioned spices, raisins, and bananas to make an extremely complex and enjoyable dessert beer. Hardly any hop presence at all, but it's really not needed in this one.

With this beer you can taste Christmas all year round!

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of fx20736
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If I was having a bad day, this is certainly a beer I wouldn't mind coming home to. Pour is a tad more brown than amber, with tan head sealing the deal. Aroma is sugary sweet, like a black cherry pie out of the oven. Taste is brown sugar, cherries and a bit of buttery maple syrup. I'd say this is devine. Mouthfeel is good and velvety. I bought one bottle but certainly will buy it again. This is a fix for a Belgian craving.
Note:
Paired it with some smoked gouda and that worked well. However, I would choose something a bit more sharp next time.

Photo of Los1324
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of Bromine
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of JohnofUpton
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of reitzbrewing
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Brez07
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from last night's notes. On tap at Novare Res, 10oz pour into a Goulden Carolus chalice

A: Dark, murky red hue with no head. Doesn't leave any lacing

S: First thing that strikes me is that this beer smells like black licorice. A nice anise scent with some other spices including ginger

T: Very smooth, black licorice taste. Malts make their presence known. The alcohol is fairly present, similar to sambuca. Nice at first, but tough to bear as I continued to drink

M: Creamy and smooth. Good carbonation. Light to medium bodied

D: Incredibly easy, although the anise taste is a little much towards the end. One and done for me, but glad I could try this

Photo of Beerzebub
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby color, smallish head, nice lace.

Sweet smell of banana bread, cooked figs, fruitcake, alcohol, sweet hot spices. Some sweet corn, like fresh cornbread. Heady. Good.

Tastes of sweet malt and dark candy, fig and candied fruit, plum skin, warm gingery spice, alcohol. Well balanced, and very tasty. Long dark candied fruity boozy finish.

Great smooth textured carbonation, and almost syrupy but not cloying.

Heady and warming, yet very drinkable. Great enjoyable beer.

Photo of EdFed
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of lmaduells
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Stoneman78
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at the 2007 Strong Ale festival
A- Murky amber hue, thin layer of white frothy head, spotty lacing
S- Licorice and spice, dark fruits (raisins and plums), floral hops and spice
T- Initial taste dominated by licorice/anise and raisins, touch of chalk and smoke, dark plums and figs, slight berries and brown sugar, warming alcohol
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, mild carbonation
D- Smooth and fruity beer full of winter spices, alcohol presence is stiff and limits drinkability

Photo of GRUUMSH
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of hdofu
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle aged a few years and dang was it good. it was lightly headed an light colored tasted initially sweet with a tangy sour finish. Smell was also sweet. The predominate flavors were almonds. It had a smooth flavor. I could have sipped on this all evening.

Photo of hyuga
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy deep reddish-brown in color, with a cream-colored head that disappears quickly. Very nice aroma. Many spices are present. Belgian candy sugar, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, even some eggnog. Banana and yeast spiciness also play a part. Alcohol is noticeable. Quite complex. On to the flavors. Cloves, candy sugar, and sweeter winter spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) are noticeable at first. Yeast spiciness comes in next, along with some bready malt and alcohol. I think I'm picking up some caramel malt as well. It's such a complex brew, it's hard to pick out everything. Definitely Christmasy. Full-bodied and rich. Nice and smooth in the mouthfeel department. Excellent brew! It could definitely be cellared for a while. My mom bought this bottle for me for Christmas. It's very much appreciated and enjoyed!

Photo of Dreamer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of markaberrant
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pours clear, deep amber, but hard to keep chunks of yeast out of glass with the bottle still being over 1/3 full. Visible carbonation streams. Light tan head, creamy and persistant. Leaves a sheet of lace.

S - great malty aroma, fresh, very nutty. Some fruit and spice are in the background, but rather faint. Spice more noticable as it warms. Outstanding.

T - rum soaked pears, caramel, unique spice note in the finish - nutmeg perhaps? Also some toasty biscuit in the aftertaste.

M - exceptionally smooth, not heavy bodied, but it does feel a touch sticky and coats the mouth. Alcohol is barely noticable until a warming slowly builds in the throat. Lively carbonation is not prickly, which I think matches the beer perfectly.

D - this is like heaven in a glass. I'm kicking myself for waiting almost a year to finally try it, and for only picking up 1 bottle!

This is a damn near perfect beer. In my opinion, it is everything Maudite wishes it was.. a kick ass strong red belgian. I am drinking this bottle way too fast, but I honestly don't care. It's THAT good. Can't wait to try out the other offerings from this brewer that are lurking in my beer fridge...

Photo of josefnewsong
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gouden Carolus Noël | 330 ml. | 10.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Glass: Ommegang chalice

Appearance:
Murky brown with ruby highlights; There's little foam and it falls quickly.

Aroma:
Remarkably pungent and boozy. Plums and prunes come through amid heavy spicing. There's a whisky-like background.

Taste:
Commanding notes of alcohol wrapped in dark fruit--figs soaked in single malt, dates, plums, and raisins--and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg. There is a panoply of flavors, including something like licorice and others I can't quite identify. All of this rests on a substantial, porous malt base, oozing chocolate, caramel. The finish is roasty, almost charred, and the alcohol leaves a tingle on the tip of my tongue. There's an almost meaty aftertaste, that I think can be attributed to the char.

Mouthfeel:
Thick but slick, it glides along the tongue as the ample carbonation leaves a prickly sensation in its wake.

Harmony:
I was suspicious at first, but this just goes to show you never to let preconceptions get the better of you. Brouwerij Het Anker has concocted an amazingly flavorful and complex brew that is a feast in and of itself. I don't know what to say about balance, other than that all the flavors hit the taste buds within such a short span, you end up processing them seconds later. This isn't bad, but it seems just a little clumsy. Otherwise, a great brew.

Would I get it again?:
Yes, actually.

Bottled: ?
Served: 01.03.2011

Price = $4.99 at Whole Foods

Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.