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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

677 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 20
Gots: 31 | 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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Ratings: 677 | Reviews: 442 | Display Reviews Only:
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Beer-Ed

Netherlands

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

02-11-2014 11:10:59 | More by Beer-Ed
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DamnYankeeHeadHunter

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-11-2014 05:47:54 | More by DamnYankeeHeadHunter
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a balloon glass.
Dark brown in color, with a nice sturdy head of frothy tan foam.
Aroma-Spices, dark fruit, figs, anise
Taste-Sweetly spiced figs, raisins, plums, anise. Very rich and smooth for strength. A bit on the sweetish side for my taste. A slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 21:55:26 | More by hosehead83
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midlifec

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%

02-08-2014 12:35:16 | More by midlifec
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vcoggins

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

02-07-2014 02:08:24 | More by vcoggins
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:09:23 | More by superspak
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +1%

02-05-2014 18:59:57 | More by tbryan5
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JeffH

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-05-2014 17:05:58 | More by JeffH
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ricecracker420

California

4/5  rDev +1%

01-31-2014 05:36:41 | More by ricecracker420
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Tedro

Georgia

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 03:46:09 | More by Tedro
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

01-24-2014 13:09:27 | More by jmsedgwick
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BierJager89

California

4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 05:35:16 | More by BierJager89
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Mphis

Tennessee

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

01-24-2014 05:28:33 | More by Mphis
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

01-23-2014 13:26:17 | More by Schmoog
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dmk91

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

01-22-2014 19:32:34 | More by dmk91
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Mark_Eck

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-21-2014 12:48:46 | More by Mark_Eck
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John_Squires

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

01-19-2014 03:18:22 | More by John_Squires
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-18-2014 16:21:20 | More by micromaniac129
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Hopscat

Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 04:38:57 | More by KFBR392
Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
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