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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

750 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 26
Gots: 60 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gusler on 11-24-2002

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Photo of ksimons
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a chestnut brown with light ruby highlights. Half a fingers worth of cream head leaves some bubbly laces on top.

S-rich malts, dark fruits, and orange. Good except I don't feel like the orange smell fits

T-taste is similar to the smell, lots of rich malt, plums and raisins, orange, and a light citrus bitterness. A small bit of alcohol warming

M-medium to full body, moderate carbonation

Overall I like it, but I am not loving the orange taste. I really wanted to like this since I like Het Anker a lot, but this one just isn't grabbing me. After finishing the beer started to grow on me, it is very mellow and has a nice complexity to it.

Photo of Daktyls
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Agent1
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A brewery with experience. Let's see what this seasonal ale has to offer. With maybe a surprise ending at the end??

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Appearance - A very dark, stern ale with amazing head retention. Faint, strong amber/ deep ruby coloration around the edges of my Gouden Carolus glass (when light manages to get through). An off-white, beige head with a slightly brown hue. Very rich and creamy. Thick head.

Smell - Strong notes of cherry, dark malts, light woodsy aroma with possibly even whiskey. Dark fruits with a light hop on the nose. Not much though. Quite spicy and sugary. Without tasting, it hints at being very sweet. Anise (a common trait of almost all Het Anker products) and dark, dried figs.

Taste - Smoke, whiskey/ scotch, ripe cherries, anise (black liquorice flavors), wood and barrel (this beer is definitely casked in something) with plenty of herbs and spices (I cannot seem to figure out which, and it's driving me nuts!). Hints of hops. Maybe traces of cinnamon, although very subtle. The alcohol, sugars and herb notes almost create the impression of cinnamon. This is definitely not as balanced as other Het Anker recipes, but it is still overwhelming delicious and impressive. A tad on the sugary side, but hell, it's Christmas!! This is one to bust out and overload on sweets!

Mouthfeel - The sugars and smokey notes really create a massive PUNCH here. After only one glass I am feeling this. A staunch kick-off to Christmas for sure. This is smooth and sweet. Again, a tad on the sugary side and the alcohol isn't fully hidden. But I am willing to cut this some slack being it's Christmas and the rum and the scotch are a-flowin'.

Overall - If you are not a fan of Christmas treats and toothaches, then perhaps this is not for you. A plethora of sweet notes, whiskey (wood and smoke), brown sugar and cherries with anise. As far as brewing goes, I am fairly confident that this is the Classic aged in wood barrels each year. I am not entirely sure if it is scotch or whiskey, but nonetheless, it is aged and perhaps a few more ingredients are thrown in as well. Amazing and festive. Love this beer!

Photo of Harkrank
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Cylinsier
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle

Pours an opaque nutty brown, two inch plus head is off white, dissipates slow, leaves a film.

Smells of champagne grapes, esters, fresh grain malts, and floral resin hops.

Tastes of grapes and fresh grain malts. The hops are almost nonexistent. Bretty yeast as well.

Body is medium to full with soft tingles of carbonation.

Overall a delicious and enjoyable holiday brew, but I've had a few Belgian christmas offerings I'd pick before this. Still, nothing to turn your nose up at.

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Bleeberspliegan
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of KirstenJ
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of cld253
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.

The beer appears dark chestnut brown with a formidable khaki head. Ample lacing and lasting head retention. The aroma offers malt, sweet spice, brown sugar, dark fruit, alcohol. Sweet breads, dark fruit, spices, malt, brown sugar, and Christmas cookies in the flavor. Quite sweet throughout - I am glad to be splitting this bottle. Licorice, candies, decadent holiday sweets, fruitcake. Complex and well done, though a bit cloying for my taste. The feel is thin to medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Overall, a bit too sweet, though well done and enjoyable. Best in small quantities.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of planbee
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Armsby Abbey Ho-Ho Belgian Christmas.

Light creamy head, little lacing, dark molasses brown ruby color.

Nose complex and weird, holiday spices cinnamon, clove, nutmeg maybe, hints of citrus, booze, light coffee, creamy malts and caramel, molasses, candi sugar, OK but just all over the place.

Taste malty, caramel malts and reddish malts galore, semi sweet, light candi sugar and molasses, light biscuit, vanilla, spices with more holiday spices, little creamy, earthy and herbal little tannic flavor probably from the spices or barely detectable hops. Light estery booze. Finishes a bit boozy, drier but sticky syrupy feel, more spices and caramel reddish malts, hint of dark fruits finally.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, decent carb, warming almost tingly booze.

Overall nice except the earthy herbal tannic taste I'm not a fan of. Decent spices held in check, great almost barleywine malt profile, tasty and decent booze profile.

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.