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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

686 Ratings

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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

John_Squires, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

micromaniac129, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Hopscat
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful look to this , black and very opaque .Beige head about 1/2 inch that settles slowly to good cover with nice lacing on sides of glass.
Smells of dark char, licorice, dark fruit, some herbal hops and candi sugar and licorice or allspice ?
Tastes rich with malts / sweetness - molasses upfront and then the spicey shows up with licorice- allspice - and some other stuff - 6 spices are added per the notes. I'd rate higher but the licorice is too strong for me. Alcohol is well masked even with warming.
Mouthfeel is med heavy with about right carbonation . Creamy feel invites more sipping.
Overall this isn't my favorite style. The licorice flavor just overwhelmed the rest though my second bottle a couple weeks later wasn't so overwhelming. Only my third strong dark belgian so experience is limited. Like Delirium Tremens much better.

Hopscat, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

illeagle05, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Pug
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Pug, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Saind
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Saind, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

lgmol, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of KFBR392
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown color on the edges that sits very dark brown/black in the glass. About a finger of head on the pour but subsides quickly to a thin head which was present while drinking. Low active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: Grassy herbal tones greet the drinker right away. Heavily spiced yet balanced yeast character warms up the body. Getting plenty of traditional belgian characteristics with bready, banana, and clove accents.

Taste: Cinnamon, ginger, and heavy spices dominate the front of this brew. Spices continue to comes in waves on the palate for a long time. Tones on the front linger through the body and slightly yield toward the back end for dough, fruit, soap, and leafy greens.

Mouthfeel: A great combination of soft drinkable tones and surprising complexity.

Overall: I tend to avoid Christmas style beers but this is a very good one. The spiced tones are done well without completely taking over this brew. Outstandingly drinkable especially at 10.5%.

KFBR392, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

rrski198, Jan 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Los1324, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

chris1919, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split, westvleteren chalce

2008 vintage

In honor of loving memories of a morning in Mechelen. I was stoked to get a 5-year old bottle of this at a very fair price @bottleworks. This is pretty spice forward, particularly clove, ginger, and mint. The body is a little on the light side - fading dark fruit and tempered alcohol. Not at the top of my list of belgian christmas ales, but still a sentimental favorite.

dirtylou, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

samEBC, Jan 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

bschinelli, Jan 01, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -43.2%

desint, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

mrk829, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Hoppy_McMalt, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

JTuomi, Dec 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

shelby415, Dec 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Campodog, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of fx20736
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4pk from Beers of the World in November 2013. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Bernardus Chalice. Served at cellar temp.

Appearance: very dark with a tan, foaming head, scant lacing.

Aroma: Licorice. Lots of licorice i]with a touch of cloves in the background. Maybe some earthy spearmint too. Very unique, quite intoxicating.

Mouthfeel: soft, supple, bouyant.

Taste: Burnt brown sugar/ molasses with a spicy, spearmint kiss.

Notes: Unlike any other Belgian Dark Ale, this is a unique, interesting and tasty beer. Wish I had more of it.

fx20736, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

mizx, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

wiscokid920, Dec 24, 2013
Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.