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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

678 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 678
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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ROMER79

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2007 bottle

The pour was a nice one, a nice dark brown with a thick fluffy three finger head with great retention. The head laces the glass for a good while. Right off the bat I could catch caramel and chocolate in my first sniff. There may even be hints of nuts and fruit, but I definitely caught the alcohol fragrance. It tasted almost like chocolate cake with caramel and roasted malts at first, but after a few sips I caught the strong alcoholic after notes. The mouthfeel is chewy and thick and drinkability is good, but this is definitely a beer to sip and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 23:32:15 | More by ROMER79
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RRC03

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1%

11-20-2013 23:29:47 | More by RRC03
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1%

03-14-2014 23:54:22 | More by jera1350
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wdarcy77

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

12-29-2012 20:34:53 | More by wdarcy77
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours off brown with generous white head. Very carbonated.

Nose is rich with brown spices, holiday dessert baking, some citrus and molasses.

Very full bodied with alcohol warmth, some curry powder, dessert spices, and ginger/cinnamon.

Finish is very long, with cocoa powder, and alcohol. Warms you up quite well.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 21:26:32 | More by yemenmocha
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2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev +1%

01-09-2013 03:27:27 | More by 2GOOFY
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my Pumking chalice. Dark brown in color with a thin, sticky head to it. Really nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a big dark fruit presence to it with notes of plum, fig and raisin all present. I get some notes of clove and anise to it as well. The spices are nicely balanced with the malty flavors. Nice aroma for a holiday spiced beer.

The taste follows up with some very rich and sweet dark fruit flavors. Fig and plum seem to lead the way. The spices are a little more reserved but I do get more of the clove and anise towards the finish. Enough bitterness comes out in the finish to keep the sweet dark fruits from becoming cloyingly sweet. It comes together very well and again the spices are nicely balanced with the malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being about average for the style. Overall, I thought it was a very good holiday spiced beer. They didn't go overboard on the spices, which I appreciate. The dark fruit flavors were also particularly nice in it. It came together very well and is one of the better holiday spiced beers I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 23:30:25 | More by billab914
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

12-13-2012 01:01:51 | More by jrfehon33
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maxpower

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged, Dark and cloudy reddish-brown in color, big thick clingy brown head, sweet fruity and bready aroma, full bodied, alcohol hidden very well, smooth and velvety mouthfeel, finishes a little sweet, this is a great Belgian ale, very drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 22:39:34 | More by maxpower
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TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4/5  rDev +1%

12-05-2011 20:30:21 | More by TrickkyGangsta
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jdense

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl bottle shared at Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting, 12.18.11.

Half finger light brown head, quick dissipation resulting in thin broken layer of head on top of dark brown body, several streams of slow rising bubbles visible around edge of glass. Stone fruit dominated nose, plums and currants, big dose of dark candi sugar, floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, more plums than currants or raisins, sweetness from the formidable dose of candi sugar, a bit of spice vanilla, floral hops not bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, decent effervescence. Wondering if this taste a bit more full in the big bottle, I preferred the St. Bernardus to this, might benefit from some aging.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 17:41:43 | More by jdense
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +1%

01-15-2012 21:06:34 | More by nickfl
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johnd513

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a redish brown color with a nice two finger tan head. I gotta say this one looks great in my Duvel tulip. Smells of sweet fruits - cherries, figs and raisins and a cherry, a liquor smell that i can't quite place and alcohol at the end. Tastes of tart/sweet fruits - raisins, dark malt and alcohol at the end. The mouthfeel is light yet very smooth. Drinkability is decent but I don't think I would have another because of the high alcohol content and high price tag.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 01:52:04 | More by johnd513
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

04-26-2013 03:57:27 | More by Sparky44
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1%

04-28-2012 04:07:05 | More by tripledbrew
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jeffaz02t

Arizona

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, with a red hue. Nice thick head.

S: Spicy, with alcohol being very apparent.

T: Warm alcohol, spicy, very very malty.

M: Med. heavy, average carbonation.

D: Great great great. I love this beer. Could drink all night, but would end up on the floor if I did!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 18:57:12 | More by jeffaz02t
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kingjohnh

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +1%

06-14-2014 14:47:51 | More by kingjohnh
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dalecooper


4/5  rDev +1%

02-27-2012 14:39:24 | More by dalecooper
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a mini Tripel Karmeliet tulip. 10% ABV, 03/08/10 printed on the label.

Thanks to bnieman for this brew!

A - The brew pours a dark brown, almost impossible to see through. Held up to light it's a hazed-over dark mahogany color. A nice tan head springs up and lowers slowly but with very little lace left over, especially for a Belgian.

S - Notes of pine and juniper add spice to the otherwise low nose. Deep malts and dark candi-sugar present sweetness but it doesn't stand out big. Molasses and maple are suggested too. Smooth and round, Belgian yeast and dark fruit esters are present as well but low. The heavy but low aroma lets out fig and plum as it warms.

T - Mild spicy esters give Nöel a nice little kick. Notes of pine and juniper from the nose with fig and plum bring out good characteristics. The roasted chocolate malt never gets bitter in part to the Belgian dark candi sugar. Lingering coffee flavor on the finish.

M - Medium-full bodied and smooth with a touch of crisper carbonation through the finish. Nöel has a mild spice and balanced sweetness that lingers.

D - The alcohol is very well hidden in this brew. While mild, the spice and fruit aspects really make Nöel a nice holiday brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 03:36:22 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Weissenheimer

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With its very dark brown color and deep reddish highlights, this beer reminds me of Corsendonk Christmas Ale. It has a large, deep fawn head with a melted marshmallow sheen. It leaves sparse, sudsy spatters of lacing on the glass as I drink. The smell is heavy with licorice and anise, and the first taste almost bowls me over with them. The finish contains lots of molasses; it's not very sweet molasses, but neither is it bitter like the Anchor OSA. I think that's the best thing this beer has going for it: it's heavy, but it toes the line between bitter and sweet so well that it manages not to be overly cloying.

It takes me a lot of examination to figure out the procession of tastes in this one, mostly because the licorice/anise wallop covers up some of the secondary tastes. The first stage is well-rounded, and when I look beyond the blast of licorice I see that this comes from the overtones of bitter caramel and syrupy fruitiness. The second stage is highly carbonated and laden with anise. The finish is extremely dry and tingly, with a smoldering finish way on the back of my tongue. Again, there's some molasses in there, but it's almost smoky in its texture. It's also tangy but not overly sugary or cloying; it reminds me of bitter apricots. The bottle says that it ages well, and given the tastes I just experienced I'll bet that's true. I plan to get a few bottles of this and open them next year to see if the hard edges on this beer have been rounded out. If so, it will move up in my estimation from very good to excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 06:19:33 | More by Weissenheimer
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750.

Appearance: What a great looking beer. Clear dark ruby color with a big frothy, rocky head. Every pour leaves another huge head that fades to 1/2 inch or so, leaving some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet, spicy, and richly malty. Chocolately, bready malt. Licorice, orange, and alcohol. Interesting, complex, but not as broad as some.

Taste: Bready, spicy, boozy, and sweet. Midway back, there is a fair amount of bitter/sourness that I assume is from orange peel. The licorice I smelled is also a pretty prominent flavor. Lots of other spices and pepperiness too. Sweet, bready finish. A little too sweet and too orangey. Nice though.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, creamy and pretty nice in the mouth.

Drinkability: Its a nice beer, a Christmas treat, but not something you'd really want to buy over one of several better Belgian darks. The sweetness would be fine, but there's not quite enough huge maltiness to balance it. The bitter orange and pepper also becomes overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 00:59:30 | More by rapidsequence
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Vixie

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours what at first looks black, but when held up to the light it is actually a deep ruby red. Forms a large tan head which lasts for a bit.

Hard for me to tell exactly what this smells like, but it's is nice. Reminds me of Christmas goodies being bakes, fruit and cinnamon and spiced cider.

Very spicy beer here. Starts out hot, a lot of spice and the alcohol is very much present, a surprise for this style of beer. Tastes a bit like cinnamon candy as well as raisin and a bit of pepper, all backed by alcohol.

Feel is smooth and full.

Very much an interesting beer, it's a bit spicier than I expect for the style. There is no doubt this is a holiday beer, the smell and taste fit in perfectly with that time of year. A bit too strong to drink a lot of, but a good one to have on a cold night, it will warm you right up.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:08:41 | More by Vixie
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mdmako

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - colored dark brown with light tan head. The head retains beautifully and there is a ton of lacing. Looks incredible!

S - Bananas that are beyond ripe mixed with much spice is very powerful. You can also smell the high alcohol content. There is almost a creamy smell to it as well. Comes together to give off a solid "christmasy" smell.

T - Much more balanced than the smell. There are a lot of spices, mostly the ones associated with christmas. Maybe a little cinnimon and nutmeg. Still some banana flavor but not very powerful. Some alcohol taste but between that and the spices you get a nice warming taste.

M - Warming yet medium carbonation. A crisp start with a somewhat smooth finish.

D - A definate choice for those christmas times. I drank it in the summer and still enjoyed it though.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 03:01:49 | More by mdmako
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This dark reddish-amber brew has a fantastic aroma. The smell is, at first, dominated by lightly roasted malts, but soon a load of esters pop forward. Banana, clove, and peach are prominent. By the time the beer warms a little, though, the aroma is full-on licorice. The licorice flavor is intense and penetrating. Wonderful range of smells! The flavor is also interesting, although it tends to be a little too sugary for my tastes. Malt is the foremost taste. Lots of residual sugars (you can taste them on the lips). There's a little yeast, and a little alcohol. Nice warming...nearly tongue numbing by the end of the bottle. The beer is medium in body, and lower in carbonation than it could have been. Firm, long lasting, soapy head too. Not bad at all..

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 20:21:38 | More by Suds
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elgiacomo

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

2008 750ml bottle. Pours brown with a small light beige head. Leaves a little spotty lacing.

Big fruity, malty aroma, some yeast.

Flavor is dark fruit, raisin, plums, prunes, some cherry, light notes of apple, banana, yeast. Some alcohol. Sweet malty finish.

Some stickiness. Medium carbonation.

Very nice. Excellent Belgian style Christmas beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 19:18:39 | More by elgiacomo
Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 678 ratings.