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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

766 Ratings

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 15.23%
Wants: 27
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
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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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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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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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

updated. my last review was two years ago. also my tastes have changed and i have had many different beers and even homebrewed my own.

pours a beautiful dark dark brown with some slight ruby highlights and a thin off white head that dissipates quickly leaving sheets of lacing.

the smell is very strong of spices, peppermint and spearmint sort of mingled together along with a touch of clove. the malt aroma is very strong as well. heavy on the bran and toffee. only a light flowery hop aroma in the nose.

The spices are all over on this one, along with a HUGE alcohol heat. Anise and peppermint with a light touch of spearmint or wintergreen. it has a slightly sweet and sour malt bill, the spice and alcohol just dominate any sense of anything else.

the mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with a touch of soft carbonation. the finish is dry and lasting.

drinkability is pretty low on this one, it is super complex and really filling.

there is just a bit too much heat on this one, and the minty spice is just overbearing, but damn is it something else.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very nice dark color, with some reddish when against light but in general dark brown almost not transparent, the carbonation is rich forming a big head over the beer that dissipates not too fast leaving a permanent well formed layer on top of the beer, the color of the head is a light brown formed of small condensed bubbles.

S: Fruity aroma, specifically prunes can be sensed at once, a back support of toasted malts can also be tested and at the end a little strong alcohol presence can also be smelt.

T: Taste is pretty good also a complex combination of fruits, toasted malts, hops (but not too much, just enough for little flavor) and of course the alcohol of a strong ale.

M: Even the alcohol is high in this beer the sensation is not bad, it start with some sweetness and changes slowly and smoothly into a little bittersweetness with a pronounced ending that remains long in the back of the mouth.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle - thanks to iguenard for this one

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown colour with a huge size frothy dark beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some really good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, raisins, all spice, licorice

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels very creamy on the tongue. I can taste malts, raisins and licorice. There is also an earthiness and some notes of all spice. It ends with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall – You'd never know this beer had 10% alcohol. My bottle was best before Nov 2011, so I'm assuming it's been aged to some extent. It's so smooth and delicious. It's a perfect sipping beer for the holidays/colder weather.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - A nice mahogany color with a 2-finger tan head. Head retention seems decent. I can't really make out much C02 by looking at the brew. I got some splotches left here and there on my glass.

S - The first thing I get is that Belgian yeast, sweet, brown sugar, clove, and soft banana. I also get a decently strong presence of alcohol. Soft spices in the way of cinnamon are noticeable as well. As it warmed I began to pick up orange peel and ginger, pretty nice.

T - The first thing I picked up is soft spices in the way of ginger and clove. Quickly following is brown sugar, vanilla and dates. What I get next is a bright slam of alcohol. It floods the palate and practically washes away the soft flavor profile. I don't pick up any hop characteristics, and bitterness is so mild it's practically absent.

M - Soft crispness, smooth and creamy with a medium body.

O - Overall I think it could use some aging, as the alcohol is pretty noticeable and seems to wash away the flavors off your tongue. I think the beer looks fantastic, and although the alcohol is a bit strong for my liking, I would buy this again and age it just a bit. Definitely recommended to Belgian brew fans. Cheers!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

glass: Tulip

A very dark brown, muddy looking at times but mahogany-colored at others. semi-find bubbles on the head, about 2 fingers, off-white.

Aroma is strong on the alcohol but blends nicely with a spicy almost woody aroma. There's also a fair amount of sourness, or what i like to call "fermented veg" along with bubblegum from the yeast. Underneath i get hints of caramel, dates, fig, brown sugar and cherry.

Flavors are not what i expected, its sweet but not overly so. Its alcoholic but blends so nicely i almost welcome the flavor. It's thick but juicy in the mouth with medium bubbles. Its packed with Belgian yeast characteristics alongside deep fruits, like date and fig.

at 10% ABV, i like this more than i thought i would but it's, end the end, still a bit boozy for my preferences.

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Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
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