Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas - Brouwerij Het Anker
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2.1/5 rDev -47%
Draft at The Trappist. Dark amber-brown with fair clarity and a sticky off-white head. Smells strongly medicinal; herbal with black licorice, cough syrup, menthol, caramelized malt and solvent. Palate is similar, huge kick of anise and mint, strong on the herbal/medicinal flavors. Alcohol is less noticeable on the tongue. Finishes with semi-sweet dark candi sugar and an herbal astringency that reminds me of bitters. Not particularly enjoyable.
01-03-2011 04:01:09 | More by largadeer
2.15/5 rDev -45.7%
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Chimay glass. 11/23/08.
Pours a deep brown color with hints of ruby around the edges. About a finger of light tan head that slowly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is very yeasty and fruity with toffee, cherry, caramel, sweet malt, and a heavy dose of alcohol.
Taste starts with a bunch of sweet malt and darker fruits. Lots of cherry and toffee and a sweet biscuit taste. Plenty of peppery spice. There's a bit of fusel alcohol taste as well.
Feel is medium-full bodied with ample carbonation. There's a bunch of warming from the alcohol. Drinkability is not that great. Between the alcohol taste and the heat, it's not that easy to drink.
Overall, kind of a mess. Too much alcohol in the taste and feel makes for an unpleasant experience. A lower alcohol content could have made for a much better beer.
11-24-2008 03:14:05 | More by bkilpatr
2.25/5 rDev -43.2%
I poured this gross beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. It was a nice mahoganny color with a pretty tan head that was teaming with tiny fine bubbles and looking great. Then I smelled, whew, sour apples or vineger. Then I tasted and again sour yuk to me. Some like the sour brews but since tis is my review I say YUK ! I will not buy again/
12-09-2007 18:00:15 | More by Minkybut
2.28/5 rDev -42.4%
The most intriguing thing on tap at Washington Commons in BKny. Well, the 2nd most, but that wasn't on tap anymore.
Brown and murky. Mysterious and dangerous. Smell of spices, malt and anise.
I sip, anise. I gulp, anise. Everything I taste, anise. Bullshit, anise. Unbalanced, overspiced, kinda gross. This will be my last affair with this beer. I'm actually exceptionally puzzled that this was deemed a worthy affair by these brewers whom I consider to have mastered the art of not deluding me into thinking their beer is good. Unfortunately, this will make me think twice of ordering any of their beers in the future.
01-07-2011 11:14:46 | More by dragonWhale
2.48/5 rDev -37.4%
For the first time I am dissapointed witha beer from Het Anker
A. Red/brouwn colour; almost no foam, no retention
S. Spicy dominated by Liquorice
T. Too much of lis liquorice with a bit of fruits (orange?)
M. Persitant liquorice taste
D. I probably expected too much? but is is not a bee I will recommand, tomorrow I will have a hopsinjoor in order to go on with a positive image of Het Anker
11-29-2008 21:02:42 | More by Flup
2.5/5 rDev -36.9%
Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.
Brouwerij Het Anker is supposedly one of the oldest working breweries in Belgium, dating back to the 1300s. Back in 2002, they started brewing Gouden Carlolus Noël after a 38-year hiatus. This dark Winter Ale is brewed with three different hops and six different herbs and spices.
Creamy-looking small-bubbled lace retains well, and the dark brown color displays a glowing clarity. Heavy aroma of dark malts, black pepper, bitter orange peel, earth, faint vanilla, black currants, lavender, a hint of fusel alcohol and other vague spice tones. Smooth and creamy mouth feel off of a full body. Beefy, with a juicy caramel malt splash up front. An alcoholic bite thrashes the taste buds. Spicy, with suggestions of white pepper. The fruity, alcoholic esters drop a tropical bomb. Kiwi, pineapple and papaya come to mind. This has hot fermentation written all over it. Unfortunately, the ﬁ nish and aftertaste is dominated by this hard, lingering alcohol character, and it does not get better as the beer warms up. A mess.
07-23-2008 17:07:55 | More by BeerAdvocate
2.5/5 rDev -36.9%
P: Dense mahogany body with bright ruby highlighted edges. Minimal silky khaki head that dissipates to a cola like roof. Beautiful lacing that climbs the glass.
S: Licorice bomb! Notes of candied malt, oak, caramel apples, pepper and a pinch of cayenne.
T/M: Taste follows the nose but more aggressive spices and spiced rum soaked figs. Full sticky body with spicy numbing carbonation. Finish is dry with lingering smoke, aggressive booze, apple peels and pepper.
O: I was let down with this one. The licorice was way too powerful and the customary flavors were faint and hidden. Once it warms it become much easier to drink but is still far from great. A hot mess of a BSDA that is not one to hunt down.
12-30-2012 03:08:45 | More by Hopswagger
2.68/5 rDev -32.3%
Bottle poured into pint glass
Appearance: Hazy dark brew with a finger sized head on top.
Scent: Pears, dates, cinnamon, pepper and a little alcohol.
Taste: Liqourish, an assortment of fruits, molasses, maple syrup, toffee, sweet malts, peppermint, and alcohol. Finish is dry. Flavors don't seem to mix well.
Drinkability: Incredibly complex. Not something to drink on a whim. By the time I got to the end of the bottle I poured the rest of this beer out. It's a shame; I really can't put my finger on what's wrong with this beer.
02-01-2011 02:43:58 | More by wmtxbb
2.68/5 rDev -32.3%
750 mL bottle caged and corked poured into my Corsendonk tulip.
A- Dark, dark red with 2+ inches of head. After a few sips, the head died down and left some cool lacing patterns. A cool-looking beer in the glass.
S- Smells like white wine with some red fruit aromas.
T- Alcohol is definitely detectable. Red fruit flavors, especially grape, predominate. There is a wine dryness to the finish and a strong yeast note. The overall flavor is tart, yet also sweet. In-your-face flavor, but too much alcohol/wine flavor for me to really enjoy.
M- A lot of carbonation and a medium-full body.
D- I had a hard time finishing the first glass. The flavor is too tart, too sweet, too much. I feel it was overdone and it was hard to get through the bottle.
01-16-2009 02:29:15 | More by akokandy
2.7/5 rDev -31.8%
From Winter 2009, drank May 2010
A - thick tan foam, almost black beer, with ruby highlights in the light
B - smells sweet, and slightly like bread dough, can smell the alcohol. Gf says it smells like Rodenbach, which totally surprised me, but decided there's some truth to that. We both agree it tastes nothing like it of course.
T - sweet taste, can taste the alcohol, malty, spice and gingerbread flavor
M- medium thickness, coats the tongue, lightly carbonated once the foam settles.
D-not as drinkable as other Gouden Carolus I've had ( a little cloying) but I'm still enjoying it. Have a bottle in the cellar. We'll see how it ages.
addendum - by the end of the bottle, I was not enjoying it much at all. Quite cloying, a little bit like cough sirup or herbal.
Really lingering taste still hours later. Unpleasant.
05-07-2010 04:36:21 | More by voteforgoat
2.73/5 rDev -31.1%
750 ml bottle.
Appearance: Beautiful dark evil looking amber, with a brownish head and great lacing.
Aroma: Massive anise, ginger, minty hoppiness and brown sugar.
Taste: Hot alcohol not balanced with the malt. Sweet, bitter, and sour, and again no balance. Cloves, nutmeg and rough cinnamon.
I should have followed Venom's advice and spread my drinking of this over three hours, but I entirely lost interest. I was thinking it would have likely improved with exposure to air, but with all the other beers at the tasting, why bother?
Mouthfeel: A tad hot and and at the same time creamy.
Drinkability: Anything this unbalanced, and/or requiring three hours to grow on you in order to appreciate it is not drinkable to me.
12-26-2004 08:46:58 | More by Naerhu
2.73/5 rDev -31.1%
This syrupy sweet dark ale just leaves me a bit flat. Originally poured with a one inch head that quickly dissipated never to be seen again, no matter how vigorously I re-pour. The Bros did much better at spotting individual flavors although the cumulative taste and mouthfeel resembles cough syrup... maybe an essence of NyQuil.. lol
Pretty weak offering from an otherwise strong brewery.
12-03-2008 03:12:19 | More by dino213aa
2.8/5 rDev -29.3%
On tap at Map Room a few days ago.
Pours ruby red and cloudy as hell with a billowy off-white head that sits just above the rim of the glass.
The aroma is full of heavy, malty sweetness with some figs and a weird note of anise that I can't remember ever smelling or tasting in a beer. Some other spices-- clove and cinnamon, mainly-- are present, as are alcohol and fruity esters.
Tastes like it smells, but much, much sweeter. This is just too cloying for me (and I like some sickeningly sweet maltbombs), and it's especially weird with the black licorice flavor, which would be interesting and refreshing in another beer.
The mouthfeel is syrupy and somewhat chewy.
Not much in the way of drinkability.
12-21-2007 23:28:40 | More by kajerm
Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
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