Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas - Brouwerij Het Anker
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4.5/5 rDev +13.6%
Gouden Carolus Noel has a thin, cream-colored or beige head, a medium-brown, appearance, fierce bubble streams, and some thin lacing left behind. The aroma is sharp- sweet, rich, spiced bread, licorice, alligator pepper, fruit, and other assorted herbs and spices, which I can’t pin down. Taste is similar, with an overriding licorice aspect. There is even a menthol note upon inhalation and exhalation. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and somewhat prickly, and Gouden Carolus Noel finishes mostly dry and decently drinkable. Alcohol is not picked up, except faintly in the background. Overall, this is a super beer!
05-08-2014 21:05:37 | More by RonaldTheriot
District of Columbia
3.38/5 rDev -14.6%
Bottle on 1/8/11, $5.29/11.2oz, poured into a tulip.
A "winter warmer" for sure, but a complex mess and an ugly pour. The alcohol will sneak up on you, but it does not balance the malty sweetness. Not a drain pour, but never again. A very disappointing beer based on my previous experience with and general affection for Carolus. 3.25
A – Pours a cloudy, murky, muddy brown (-) with a beige mousey one-finger head, totally opaque, good lacing. 2.75
S – Sweet port-like, vinous, alcohol – a little whiskey, definitely raisins and figs, spiciness is faint to non-existent. 3.75
T – Sweet malt, some liqueur qualities. 3.25
MF – Medium-bodied, some alcohol warmth in the finish and lasting on the palate, not solventy but close. 3.75
03-15-2014 19:20:19 | More by Sludgeman
3.76/5 rDev -5.1%
Poured this out of a bottle on a sunny but coldish early March day, and pairing it with chicken roasted in a beer-based sauce. Pour out an opaque dark-brown color with only a very little foamy white head, which falls away quickly. Smells of sweet malt with maybe a hint of vanilla and even licorice-like scents…
Quite sweet to the taste, on the first sip. Nice toasty-burnt maltiness there, but the caramel sweetness dominates, more than I expected. Sourness, too, on the lingering taste, but only a little cherry fruitiness — I’m getting more of that licorice-anise taste/scent again… Pleasant mix overall, very little carbonation.
This beer has 10% ABV, believe it or not, but the alcohol content is quite hidden behind its sweet/dark character. It catching up to me by the end of the bottle, this beer packs quite the ABV punch!
Paired well with the chicken, mashed potatoes and beer-based gravy on a cold day, if you ask me, and I’d gladly drink it again. Quite strong, however, so be prepared!
03-02-2014 19:29:05 | More by DJLehnherr
3.89/5 rDev -1.8%
Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a balloon glass.
Dark brown in color, with a nice sturdy head of frothy tan foam.
Aroma-Spices, dark fruit, figs, anise
Taste-Sweetly spiced figs, raisins, plums, anise. Very rich and smooth for strength. A bit on the sweetish side for my taste. A slow sipper.
02-10-2014 21:55:26 | More by hosehead83
Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
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