Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas - Brouwerij Het Anker

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464 Reviews
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Reviews: 464
Hads: 777
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 27
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Gusler on 11-24-2002

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Photo of doubleipa
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quarter inch haed tha's gone in a minute. Very bark brown. Could smell this bad boy from 2 feet away. Light yeast, light bread, and light maltiness. Strong cherry, with maybe a hint of allspice and vanilla. Moderate alcohol taste. Good, but not outstanding as a "Christmas" beer. (279 characters)

Photo of Pepeton
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found and stored a few 330 ml. bottles of this one since late November for the holidays.

Amuses me that the label bears a Santa Claus on a sleigh pulled by horses instead of reindeers. Nice indeed.

Has a best before date of 2009.

Appearance is of dark mahogany, with deep red hues; beautiful tan head and an apparently everlasting lacing.

Smell is very complex, with a full malt backbone, but a lot of ripe fruit, like raisins, plums, also a spiciness that resembles me black pepper and, naturally, alcohol.

Taste is as complex as smell, even more. It's almost chewy, with a dark fruit pudding taste.

Mouthfeel is creamy; proudly bears whole body; with a buttery aftertaste. Round and balanced, has a nice unabashed bitter ending.

This beer is indeed an outstanding example for the style.

I have to go for more and stock 'em in my cellar (the back of my closet) for years to come.

¡Salud! (916 characters)

Photo of dgallina
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged brown bottle. No date on cork or bottle.

Pours almost clear red-tinged chestnut. Little head and thin lace, but relatively good carbonation for a strong aged ale. Pretty strong smelling. Lots of alcoholic grape bubble gum, banana, black pepper in the nose. Bitter-sweet tasting. Heavy bubble gum stickiness vies uneasily against spiced medicinal alcohol notes. Some toasted malt shows through in the finish, but not enough to offset the tenacious bubble gum. Body is heavy and limp; sticky and not very exciting. I don't particularly enjoy the other Gouden Carolus beers, and this one is in the same mould. (632 characters)

Photo of ojiikun
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle of this in November as a christmas present to myself. Being probably the most pricey brew I've ever had, expectations are high.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tupil glass. Strongly carbonated - the cork nearly came out on it's own. Well-controleld head that can be coaxed up with swirling - plenty of potential but no mess. Body is dark reddish-brown, beautifully translucent but not chunky. Champagne bubbles play along the sides for the whole bottle.

Smell is intensely of sweet bubblegum, cardamom, bread, pears, caramel and too many other complexities to list. Notably absent is a strong hop smell of any sort. Nothing but candi sugar and yeasty malts. The sweetness suggests the alcohol content to the beer-wise, but the booze itself is well-masked.

Taste is briefly sweet, then more on the peppery, dry side. Deep and balanced spice and citrus notes. Never tart or bitter, despite the complexity. The bubblegum flavour nearly conflicts at this point, but fades by the end of the sip. As the bottle warms, the belgian yeast really opens up.

Mouthfeel is silky, sparkly, and clean. Leaves the palate incredibly clean and ready for more. I imagine this could pair well with many foods, if it weren't such a waste of a gourmet brew.

Incredibly drinkable for over 10%. Probably dangerous to have more than one bottle in the house!

Smell and taste are exciting, but taste is actually unremarkable. However, the experience of a beer this drinkable and this strong is something to be sought. A near-perfect expression of the concept of very strong beers, suited for both the newcomer and the snob alike. (1,639 characters)

Photo of fido
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a nice red amber color, Short head and a little bit of lace; Smell is fruity, very nice aroma; Taste is sweet, flavor of caramel or honey, fruits and malt; Mouthfeel is dry; Drinkability is good, easy to drink.

Nice Chrtistmas brew.

¡Feliz Navidad! (264 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carolus Noel? Christmas Eve day is close enough, no? ;-) Enjoyed from a 750ml bottle, 10.0% abv listed on the label but no freshness dating found. A golden silhouette of 3 horses (as opposed to reindeer) pulls a small sleigh with a jolly Sinter Klaas within over a snow-bedecked hamlet.

Pours a lovely, deep amber, ruby color into the chalice. Carbo is sporadic and slow, rising towards a thin, fine, light tan head. A little bit of lacing is left within, though not a whole lot. The biers color, though, is gorgeous! Aroma lies a bit between a combo of some tropical fruit and dark fruit. A touch candyish, as well, though mild overall. A smidge of prickliness makes a lightning-quick attack on the palate, though it does little damage to the enjoyment. Body is solidly medium; no more, no less.

Flavor is lightly sweet with, again, a candy-like touch and almost a hint of brown sugar (almost). Most noticeable here is the fruity character. Similar to the aroma, it shows some bits of figs, a little grapiness, and a small share of green apple. It's a bit powdery and dry in the finish. A 10.0% abv? Where? Hardly felt a thing... Pretty tasty, overall. Not a world-beater, but still satisfying.

Prosit!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

952 (1,299 characters)

Photo of Estarrio
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holiday 2006 bottle

Poured a dark, copper brown with reddish tones. A slow pour into my Chimay glass produced a full, tan colored head, which faded into silky lacings.

This is a very aromatic brew. A sweet malt background is overcome by dark fruit, raisin, plum and red grapes. There is a nice hint of yeast in the background with a liberal amount of esters. I'm also sensing some clove and a bit of spicy alcohol.

This is a great tasting brew with a very complex flavor profile. Thick, sweet malt, dark fruity esters, raisin, tart cherry, acidic plum juice, figs, earthy yeast funk, chocolate and caramel render this a complex beer. The high alcohol percentage is notable in the warming and in the spicy aftertaste. At 10.5% this brew packs a hot bite that is balanced by the sweet fruit flavor.

Possessing a full-bodied palate with an almost creamy carbonation feel, this brew is a pleasure on the mouth. Drinkability is only slightly hindered by the noticeably high alcohol content.

What an amazing Christmas brew! I could easily drink this one year round. The flavors really come out at room temp but a slight chill will help mask the alcohol content. (1,170 characters)

Photo of orfeu
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my new AleSmith tulip that I received from b0ldfacelies -- a perfect vessel for a special Xmas beer. Cherry-blood bronze with a smooth and creamy dust-khaki foam cap. Aromas of overripe banana, nutmeg, clove, powdered ginger, cinnamon, farmyardy yeast funk, lemon zest and a finishing scent of earthy grain husks. Tart applesauce and raisin puree flavor mixed with mashed banana and a funky vegetal spiciness in the aftertaste -- sort of like brussels sprouts. Lingering "country" yeast flavors. Noticeable alcohol buzz all around the flavor and mouthfeel, but nothing that's too distracting from the overall taste experience. Surprisingly light in body for such a big, flavorful beer. Moderate alcohol slickness is barely perceptible, leading to extremely easy drinkability, especially given the big flavor and high alcohol content. In all, a very nice choice for a special holiday beer. (905 characters)

Photo of Budlum
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring this ale produces one inch of foamy, tan head that bubbles down to a thin layer. The body a is a slightly cloudy, rich garnet hue displaying light carbonation. Very nice to look at.

The nose of this beer is immediately complex and delicious. A fruit aroma of fresh pears and nectarines mix with a gingersnap spice and a rich tulip aroma. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Deep fruit flavors of plums and pomagranates mix with a spicy and bready ginger bread taste to start this finely crafted ale. Spice presence is strong yet very well balanced. Alcohol content is apparent but very controlled. The finish provides a warming alcohol presence and a long butter and brown sugar sweetness. A very delicious beer.

The mouthfeel is quite filling but notably dry due to the alcohol. The spice content gives it quite a pop with each sip.

Drinkability is very good. It would be very easy to drink too much of this even with the big alcohol presence. One of the preimiere Belgian seasonal brews. (1,007 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a two finger head that quickly fades to a long lasting surface layer ( i.e. excellent retention ) , and leaves excellent lacing. Body is a hazy garnet.

Smell - medicinal alcohol, solvent alcohol, horse blanket, raisins, and a hint of malt bread.

Taste - figs, raisins, horse blanket washed through with phenolic, medicinal alcohol. Solvent alcohol present in the nose, just does not show up on the palate, and the alcohol ends up being pleasingly warm and medicinal, not harsh like I had feared from the nose, nor is it overly dominating.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, semi-dry, and somewhat fizzy.

Drinkability - this is very good, but the high abv makes it not sessionable. (721 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky tawny with bright cranberry, orange and lemon highlights. As wonderful as the liquid itself is, the head is even more gorgeous. The golden brown sugar colored crown filled more than half the glass on the initial pour and was a reverse cascader that would have made a nitro pour blush. It's also a lace maker extraordinaire. A fantastic look.

There's no letdown in terms of the aroma. It's heavily spiced and dark fruity with a whiskyish edge to it that I love. It smells like this will be a big, bold, fascinatingly complex beer. I hope so since those are the best kind.

Gouden Carolus Noel is everything that I hoped it would be and more. I was impressed with Gouden Carolus Classic so I know what to expect from Brouwerij Het Anker. As the nose portended, this is a big, full-bodied, sweet, spicy BSDA. I wish I knew the spice additions because they add so much to the flavor profile.

The bottom floor is a massive malt base that brings to mind heavily roasted barley, molasses and raisin puree. The next few floors are occupied by Scotch whisky-soaked figs, dates and plums. And the penthouse suite of this towering skyscraper of a beer is where the spices live. I'll take a stab and say... ginger, clove, nutmeg, anise, coriander and sweet orange peel. Oh yeah, and chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Quite a few Christmas beers remind me of fruitcake. This one reminds me of mincemeat pie (minus the beef and the suet, of course). Its sweetness won't be to everyone's liking, but I absolutely love it. I'm having a hard time thinking of another beer that I'd rather sip at the conclusion of a multi-course Christmas feast. Just make sure you pour it into a crystal snifter.

The mouthfeel is pure pleasure. It's heavily silky, and even sticky on the finish, without being the least bit heavy. In my experience, only Belgian brewers are able to create big beers with such light, almost ethereal, mouthfeels. A typically Belgianesque amount of carbonation would not have worked, so it's a relief that the bubbles are so well-behaved. Noel is still far from subdued in the mouth, however.

Gouden Carolus Noel is one of the best Christmas beers that I've ever had the pleasure to drink. I'll have to check my reviews to be sure, but it might be the single best. I haven't yet completed my Christmas list this year. Given the fact that I've thorougly enjoyed the top half of this 750 (and can't wait to savor the bottom half), I'd have to say that a case of this incredible ale has just made its way to spot number one. I'm feeling pretty merry right now and expect to feel even merrier with each passing ounce. This is glorious, glorious beer. (2,656 characters)

Photo of Shovelbum
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage.

Pours a one finger off-white head over a deep mahogany body. Small bubbles rise to the surface. The head recedes with a creamy ring around the edge and respectable lace. Aromas of vinous fruit—plums, raisins—some pear too. Slightly musty. The flavor is similarly delectable with wave after wave of malty complexity. It starts with caramel and dark fruit interwoven with a nice sweetness. More berry-like fruit emerges toward the middle and finish. Just enough bitterness toward the finish to add a slight crispness and balance. There are some unidentifiable spice notes from the yeast or spice additions that add complexity without being overdone. Medium to full-bodied. The carbonation is a bit low for a Belgian, but is still high enough to provide balance and prevent the sweet full body from being too slick.

Full of malty complexity in both aroma and flavor. It seems there are some spice additions, but they are properly done and add complexity without standing out as spices. A great winter-time sipper. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2005 vintage on tap at the Stuffed Sandwich

A: Chestnut amber with minimal activity under the hood. Head is medium beige made up of semi tight bubbles. As it falls, a fine layer remains on top.

S: Fresh anise, caramel, fig, honey and blackberries

T: Begins lightly herbal with obvious anise qualities. The anise is concentrated, like and extract that was created from soaking seeds in vodka. Alcohol vapors rise to the nose filling with licorice memories from my childhood. A base of submissive dark malt is hard to describe...almost like a mild chocolate component to support the licorice, like an Andes candy. Licorice flavor has ridiculous amounts of depth which platueas and peaks at so many levels. Finishes spicy and lively with caramel simmering under the herbal flavors. Aftertaste is herbal yet fruity.

M: Medium body with a decent mouthfeel. Highly carbonated like most Belgians.

D: I love this beer. In a world of copy cat beers, this one stands out as unique. I can see how some dislike it though, perhaps too much licorice. Personally, I think its near perfect. One of the best Xmas beers ever made. (1,127 characters)

Photo of haz77
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep clear brown, with a couple of inches of thick light-tan head. Masses of carbonation keep this firmly in place, until is finally drops to a half inch.

S - Yeast, candy cane, dried Christmas fruits, sweet spice.

T - A sweet candy-like flavour initially, with a slight bubblegum edge. The dried fruit flavours push through, before the sweet spices finally emerge. A yeast note drifts in-between these flavours throughout. Slight alcohol warmth in the aftertaste. 10.5% ABV? It doesn't seem like it's anywhere close to that.

M - Silky smooth from start to finish. The aggressive looking carbonation is surprisingly delicate and gently caresses the tongue. Exceptionally good.

D - Absolutely superb. Has the seasonal feel without being overbearing in its flavours. Far too easy to drink for the potency it has. (826 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to find this on-tap at Ashley's. Served in a tall tulip glass. Dark ruby body with chestnut brown edges. Sticky, off-cream head. Nose is full of rich fruit and sugar malts adorned with light cloves, yeast, toffee, sugar cookies, and some vinous notes. Sweet and malty; dark fruits blend with sugary cookie malts. Yum. Mild and appropriate spices (clove, anise, and vanilla). Alcohol doesn't hide in this one, but it fits in nicely. Warming, but not boozy. Full-bodied, slightly syrupy feel. A very well done and not over-spiced xmas ale. Must make this a staple every December from here on out. (599 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich hazy copper/mahogany color with a substantial creamy light tan head that persists and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

The aroma is cloves, plums, figs, brown sugar, malt, yeast, pine and alcohol.

The taste is the same with some additional hints of dates, coriander and chocolate with some herbal notes as well. Every sip seems to turn up something new, licorice?, cherries?, ginger?. mint? There's no end to the complexity on this one. Brandy/wine flavors creep in.

Full bodied, creamy smooth, easy to drink, but this one is for sipping and savoring. Finishes still sweet but offset by the spices and substantial alcohol warmth. This one doesn't sneak up on you like some Belgian strong ales. You know the alcohol is there but it is just so smooth. Not an everyday beer but would be great after dinner on a cold winter day. (842 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a very dark maroon or plum color, almost a very dark brown with reddish highlights. Almost looks like a red wine of sorts. Big frothy cream colored head that has excellent retention. Fantastic sticky lacing hangs onto the glass.
S: Huge sugary belgian notes--Mostly candied and spicy laden with alcohol. Malty and yeasty with slight floral notes--a bit leafy also. Clove, coriander and dark fruit--mostly fig and plum--notes also come through.
T/M: Candied malt notes with some caramel, butterscotch, cloves, spices, etc. Big and hugely complex with spices dominating the flavors. Fruitiness hangs onto the tongue and tastebuds. Amazingly smooth and soft on the palate--I'm in shock about how smooth this beer is. Creamyness slowly glides across the tongue making it's way towards the back of the mouth. It's almost as if I'm consuming silk. Yeastyness has a fruity component to it, mostly of plums and blackberries.
D: Drinkable? Smooth and subtle, this is a wonderful example of the style. One of the most drinkable beers I've had. Abv goes completely unmasked, until it warms in the chest about three quarters of the way through the bottle. (1,156 characters)

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first impression with this brew is that it is a dead ringer for Three Philosophers. I'd have to try them side by side, but the similarity is uncanny, with the sweet, almost cherry -like taste. Seems sweeter than the normal Gouden, but very good and quite warming. Dark, deep, and substantial. Not to be missed as a seasonal... (329 characters)

Photo of Hautacam
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged bottle from last year's stash. Cellared for one year and served in a Chimay chalice at about 55°.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear ruby/chestnut color, with a fast-growing light tan crown that grows to three fingers, eventually settling to a thin layer. The beautiful sound is the classic muted, insulated impact of beer to an expanding head. A phenomenal geyser of effervescence launching from the etched bottom of my glass replenishes the middle constantly. Sheets of paper-thin walls of lacing line the insides.

Smell- Notes of evergreen ferns, peppermint (maybe spearmint), lemon rind, sassafras, brandy, and some residual alcohol boom from the glass... this is Winter in the deep woods! Candy canes, wreaths, twigs, it's incredible the pictures that come to mind with aromas like these. With each swirl, the character grows deeper and even more enjoyable.

Taste- Gingerbread, cinnamon, mulled holiday wine, sassafras, peppermint tea... obviously with 6 different herbs and spices (none of which are divulged on Het Anker's site), this is a thrill ride for the tastebuds. The Belgian hops that linger long after the swallow just go on for days... and the alcohol isn't quite so much a "burning" as it is a soft fire. As it opens up, it disappears completely. Stupendous sipping.

Mouthfeel- The soft, prickly sensation in the mouth tickles the tongue... then it softens eloquently and expands like soapsuds in a perfect, exquisite progression. After the swallow, there is a charming afterglow that is hard to put into words. Extraordinary.

Drinkability- Let's see... I've been sipping and reviewing this beer for over an hour and a half. I still have ½ remaining in the bottle, with no desire for this tasting to end anytime soon. In a nutshell, it would be a tragedy to miss out on sampling this wonderful beer. (1,857 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served this with thanksgiving dinner. i wish i could discern a bottling date

it's dark brown with ruby highlights. the head is quite nice and the lacing decent as well. alcohol comes through distinctly in the aroma (can't say that i begrudge a 10.5% beer for that) with bigtime spices and dark fruit—dried cherries included. the flavor matches and adds some malt body for everything to hold onto. it's a very warming brew (thus a successful drink for the holidays, i suppose), and certainly complex

yum yum (513 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The head is khaki and short-lived, with a spotty lacing, like Indonesian islands all around the inside of your glass. Aroma is sweet and musty, like warm candy in the cellar, with a backbone of something sharp that slides through the fuzzy sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, just shy of thick, with alcohol burning along the edge. Taste is very complicated. I am picking up cherry, chocolate, a hint of coffee, a drumline of hops. The tongue is coated, at first, with sweetness, and ends with a tingle of hops. A nice, complicated, sip-through-the-Sunday beer. (565 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bomber. The label says 10% abv, not 10.50.
Very dark almost opaque brownish red body. Light brown head mostly medium bubbles. Great retention and clumpy lace.
Sweet caramel and molasses. Lots of spice and butter.
Soft sweet and round malts with just abit of hops. Quite strong but not overwhelming. The alcohol is only faintly noticeable. Shortlived aftertaste of sweet toffee malts and spice.
Full body smooth yet not much coating.
Highly drinkable winter brew.

-Oelergud (497 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap, 12 oz. in a large snifter at Concordia Ale house, Portland. This was the 2005 vintage.

A: Deep dark brown, rather muddy looking with about 1/2 finger of head, ok retention. Decent depth of color but rather unimpressive overall...

S: Lots of sweet fruit, malts, yeast spices and alcohol.

T: Great sweet flavors of cherries, raisins, brown sugar, anise and a subtle smokiness. Rich & bold flavors, definitely a strong beer but the alcohol is pretty well masked.

M: Moderately carbonated - a bit like drinking a semi-flat cola. Fuller mouthfeel and body, clinging sweetness without being cloying. Good clean finish with just a little bitterness.

D: A wonderful beer to sip on after dinner on a rainy, cool evening. Excellent flavor and balance make this a winner. Not just a winter beer - I give it a strong recommendation. (852 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich sweet malt and dark fruits flood the nose. There is a musky perfumey flourish as well. Body is a murky brown and holds two fingers of mocha thickness in the creamy, but bubbly, head. Fore is somewhat toasty with malts and there are mild sweet fruit flavors. Alcohol is fairly hot and assertive through the middle and the finish is midly bitter and almost tart and acidic. Some very mild spiciness as well. Overall a good beer, but doesn’t tie things together nearly as well as the Carolus Classic. (503 characters)

Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.