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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

694 Ratings

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Ratings: 694
Reviews: 446
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 14.94%
Wants: 20
Gots: 36 | 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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Photo of mattfancett
2/5  rDev -49.4%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Had a 2008 bottle last week and here is review. Poured a reddish brown body with minimal head and lace and a velvety aroma that is boozy and woody while giving off spices like pepper and ginger and dark fruits like black cherry, figs and raisins.
The beer is oh so sweet and smooth and for the booziness and flavors it packs it really is only medium bodied and not thick/syrupy at all.
Maybe too sweet for some, and with the aged bottle I had too boozy, but the sweetness from spices and fruits, such as candi sugar, figs, hints of toffee and caramel, spices like anise and ginger, and vanilla bourbon sweetness, just really pack a great punch for me.
I found balance in the beer with touches of bread like malt and yeast so no too sweet and has a mild finish thanks to well hidden booze.

clayrock81, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of irishpride
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

irishpride, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought 2 years ago, probably got 3 or more years on it.

Pours an opaque deep brown with a dense, frothy khaki head that lingers as a thin layer of foam.

Rum-soaked date nut bread overwhelms the initial aroma. Reminds me exactly of Christmas at grandma's. Notes of raisins and treacle emerge.

Flavor is rife with dark fruit character. Prunes, dates, booze, figs, plums, and bruised cherries underlie a cloyingly sweet, candi sugar backbone. Cola comes to mind in subsequent sips.

Body is smooth and rich, fairly full, with minimal carbonation.

Sweeter than I had hoped, but the complex ester character is phenomenal. Still boozy and warming, this could probably age a few more years. Some oxidized sherry notes would counter the sweetness well, if they developed. The longer this beer lingered open, the better it got. Slightly tart sherry notes came out more, making it much less cloying.

barczar, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Mebuzzard, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The anise and clove hit you immediately on this one. Bottle date is August 2013 so it has aged quite a bit. Abv says 10.5 but seems closer to 12. Very smooth and abc doesn't hit you you until 1/2 way. Certainly more of a Christmassy beer but had to open 1 of 2 I had. Glad I did.

Jeffwildcat, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of swean
5/5  rDev +26.6%

swean, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of srgj88
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

srgj88, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

RobertH50, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

_morandi_, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

adam5454, Jul 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

bobv, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

KAF, Jul 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

patre_tim, Jun 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

AlpacaAlpaca, Jun 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

kingjohnh, Jun 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of PappyVans
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

PappyVans, May 19, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!


RonaldTheriot, May 08, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -68.4%

ripweblo, May 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

beer64nut, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

roblowther, Apr 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

jroberts8811, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of Sludgeman
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Sludgeman, Mar 15, 2014
Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 694 ratings.