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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

685 Ratings

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Ratings: 685
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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Photo of Bighuge
3.88/5  rDev -2%

This beer has a murky muddy brown appearance. A slight beige head sits on top. Lacing is only adequate. The aroma has a sweet rock candy like presence. Very inviting. A little malt as well and hints of alcohol. This beer is nicely put together. Many layered complexities emerge through the drinking process. First, the alcohol makes its presence. But that takes a backseat in no time at all as the waves of candy, fruit and malt take over. But then the alcohol comes back and stays for the duration. Signs of wood and yeast come and go as well. But the alcohol taste is the mainstay, and for that reason, I dock the drinkability and give it an avg. rating in that department. The lingering bitter alcohol taste is not pleasurable. Looking past that one minor fault, I'd say this is pretty good, but I'd not spend the big bucks for it again.

Bighuge, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of marc77
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

Brilliantly clear deep crimson hue. Ominously thick, stiff tan head with rounded peaks leaves parallel bubble rings interconnected by web like lace. Banana esters and ripe cherry like fruit dominate the aroma, w/ notes of mellow carob and dark caramel malt secondary. Hints of spicy cinnamon and ginger surface as the beer breathes. Chocolate laced sweetness upfront in flavor leads into a malt profile comprised of biscuit and butter contrasted by a light fruity melange of woody maple syrup and dried date notes. Sweetness takes on a molasses note mid palate and couples with the subtle ripe banana esters to lend a brown sugar sprinkled banana split impression. Hop bitterness struggles to assert itself, but soundly loses to resounding, yet judicious malt sweetness. Medium bodied and superbly smooth in mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a fading light caramel and bittersweet chocolate combination. Carolus Noel is a delicious brew. Its rich, yet simple malt character, stately fruitiness and well controlled residual sweetness lend it superlative drinkability. A perfect brew for a five degree Fahrenheit Kansas night.

marc77, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of Wildman
4.08/5  rDev +3%

This beer poured a deep reddish amber color and formed a light tan bubbly head that left some circular lace. Quite a bit of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel, spices and dark fruit. A flavor of malt, caramel and fruits. Some elements of spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg are also present. A very heavy flavor presence to this beer.

Wildman, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of hyuga
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%

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!

hyuga, Jan 04, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%

750ml brown bottle with the cork and cage. Non-descript blue label. $9.50 price tag....yea I said $9.50, so I read the reviews and Its Christmas so what the hell, right ?
Murky brown color, like the Ohio River in the spring. Head thicker and more dense than your average Denny's Nightime Dishwasher. (Sorry..that was uncalled for.) Smell was super smooth and rich. Full of fruits, and traditional Christmas spices. First taste was a rich combination and ample amounts of plums, figs, earthy fruits and a bottle and a half of cinnamon. Taste stayed creamy and rich. Sediment swirl yeiled anouther explosion of smells.Christmas in a bottle about sums it up. Alcohol sneeks by at 10.5%, but at one point was just shy of Cherry Nyquil. I guess you could say, slightly medicinal. Not a bad thing at all, IMO. This bottle got better and more flavorful as the night went on. Took me about 2.5 hours to drink, and savor. Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated, and super smooth. A Christmas beer to enjoy. Cheers to all the ba's who tried this before.

StevieW, Dec 30, 2002
Photo of Murph
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

Beautiful clear dark mahogany color with a 1/4" brownish head that sinks to a thick, creamy film that has a nice lacing effect on the glass. Huge sweet maltiness with big dark candy sugar aspects in the nose. Some very nice, and nicely subtle, fruity and spicy qualities. Getting some light nutmeg and cinnamon along with some nice fig and raisin aromas. Big sweet candy maltiness all over the tongue right off the bat. Lightly spiced fruits in the background. Some nice cinnamon, nutmeg, and peppery spices with some tasty raisins and light baked apple dumpling characteristics. Slightly thin body through the middle of the brew before finishing with a nice malty sweet flourish that is accompanied by a nice warming alcohol quality. Warm and tasty but a little thin in the middle that drops the mouthfeel a bit. An excellent brew with good warming qualities for the cold Holiday season. The slightly lighter aspects of the brew lend to an even better drinkability. I could both drink several of these and would definitely be willing to get a few more at a later date. An excellent brew and worthy of a purchase if you see it. A big thanks to Bill at the Alexandria Whole Foods for letting me sample this one and enticing me to buy it.

Murph, Dec 25, 2002
Photo of mophie
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

Wow, a really nice holiday treat. Deep brown-ruby-ginger in color, with an inviting tan head that fades to wispy laces across the surface. How to describe the smell? Anise definitely comes to mind, and mince meat pie. There's a fresh loaf of cinnamon bread baking in the background as well. There's anise in the taste (or maybe horehound?), definitely caramel-sweet, with a spicy, peppery alcohol finish. Nice. Keeps you warm and toasty, and is worthy of sharing with close friends in front of the fire.

mophie, Dec 23, 2002
Photo of ADR
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

Big hazy ginger brown with a large bottle-conditioned tan head (in a Duvel glass)...laces are thick rings with underhanging tracks. Very fruity aroma, lots of cling peaches and syrup and definite ginger impressions. Wow, smooth as a molasses cookie with a mulled pear cider, counterpointed by a crisp but non-assertive hopping. Aftertaste is just slightly vinous with continuing fresh fruit and ginger. This puppy is a fine holiday brew, a little on the hepped-up alcohol but nice light-medium body, lower carbonation, and fresh flavors.

ADR, Dec 13, 2002
Photo of JorisP
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

Coulour; deep-dark but with obvious reddish shine.
Nose: raisins, madeira, some roasted malts and molasses.
Taste: immediately surprising spritzy acidity. Then fruity-estery taste takes over, raisins again.
Aftertaste & mouthfeel: Fruity flavour keeps fruit-acids as characteristic. palate is rather thinnish, but with a throat-warming alcohol effect.

JorisP, Dec 10, 2002
Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

On the pour, the beer appears to be a somewhat caliginous cherry red color, the head Bunyanesque in size, the texture creamy, with sticky sheets of lace to caress the glass. Nose is fruit sweet, over ripe apples and or banana comes to mind, malt tones and light caramel hints also present a treat for the old honker to sniff. The start is honey sweet, the top lean, the finish is pleasantly acidic, cheerfully hopped, dry and somewhat alcohol bitter aftertaste. Yes, it does “Warm the Tummy”, and should definitely be put in the “Winter Warmer” category. If you like strong high ABV beer this is a must try, but you may find it a bit pricey at $10.49 a 750ml bottle. Personally I don’t mind the price, because “I’m Worth It Baby”!

Gusler, Nov 24, 2002
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Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.