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Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas - Brouwerij Het Anker

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BA SCORE
89
very good

672 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 672
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 19
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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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Stoneman78

California

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed at the 2007 Strong Ale festival
A- Murky amber hue, thin layer of white frothy head, spotty lacing
S- Licorice and spice, dark fruits (raisins and plums), floral hops and spice
T- Initial taste dominated by licorice/anise and raisins, touch of chalk and smoke, dark plums and figs, slight berries and brown sugar, warming alcohol
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, mild carbonation
D- Smooth and fruity beer full of winter spices, alcohol presence is stiff and limits drinkability

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2007 17:28:10 | More by Stoneman78
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fx20736

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 00:51:37 | More by fx20736
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Beerzebub

California

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby color, smallish head, nice lace.

Sweet smell of banana bread, cooked figs, fruitcake, alcohol, sweet hot spices. Some sweet corn, like fresh cornbread. Heady. Good.

Tastes of sweet malt and dark candy, fig and candied fruit, plum skin, warm gingery spice, alcohol. Well balanced, and very tasty. Long dark candied fruity boozy finish.

Great smooth textured carbonation, and almost syrupy but not cloying.

Heady and warming, yet very drinkable. Great enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 07:35:47 | More by Beerzebub
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hdofu

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle aged a few years and dang was it good. it was lightly headed an light colored tasted initially sweet with a tangy sour finish. Smell was also sweet. The predominate flavors were almonds. It had a smooth flavor. I could have sipped on this all evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 00:20:41 | More by hdofu
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy deep reddish-brown in color, with a cream-colored head that disappears quickly. Very nice aroma. Many spices are present. Belgian candy sugar, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, even some eggnog. Banana and yeast spiciness also play a part. Alcohol is noticeable. Quite complex. On to the flavors. Cloves, candy sugar, and sweeter winter spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) are noticeable at first. Yeast spiciness comes in next, along with some bready malt and alcohol. I think I'm picking up some caramel malt as well. It's such a complex brew, it's hard to pick out everything. Definitely Christmasy. Full-bodied and rich. Nice and smooth in the mouthfeel department. Excellent brew! It could definitely be cellared for a while. My mom bought this bottle for me for Christmas. It's very much appreciated and enjoyed!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 02:33:33 | More by hyuga
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pours clear, deep amber, but hard to keep chunks of yeast out of glass with the bottle still being over 1/3 full. Visible carbonation streams. Light tan head, creamy and persistant. Leaves a sheet of lace.

S - great malty aroma, fresh, very nutty. Some fruit and spice are in the background, but rather faint. Spice more noticable as it warms. Outstanding.

T - rum soaked pears, caramel, unique spice note in the finish - nutmeg perhaps? Also some toasty biscuit in the aftertaste.

M - exceptionally smooth, not heavy bodied, but it does feel a touch sticky and coats the mouth. Alcohol is barely noticable until a warming slowly builds in the throat. Lively carbonation is not prickly, which I think matches the beer perfectly.

D - this is like heaven in a glass. I'm kicking myself for waiting almost a year to finally try it, and for only picking up 1 bottle!

This is a damn near perfect beer. In my opinion, it is everything Maudite wishes it was.. a kick ass strong red belgian. I am drinking this bottle way too fast, but I honestly don't care. It's THAT good. Can't wait to try out the other offerings from this brewer that are lurking in my beer fridge...

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 02:06:07 | More by markaberrant
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josefnewsong

New York

5/5  rDev +26.3%

12-04-2011 16:12:00 | More by josefnewsong
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gouden Carolus Noël | 330 ml. | 10.5% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Glass: Ommegang chalice

Appearance:
Murky brown with ruby highlights; There's little foam and it falls quickly.

Aroma:
Remarkably pungent and boozy. Plums and prunes come through amid heavy spicing. There's a whisky-like background.

Taste:
Commanding notes of alcohol wrapped in dark fruit--figs soaked in single malt, dates, plums, and raisins--and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg. There is a panoply of flavors, including something like licorice and others I can't quite identify. All of this rests on a substantial, porous malt base, oozing chocolate, caramel. The finish is roasty, almost charred, and the alcohol leaves a tingle on the tip of my tongue. There's an almost meaty aftertaste, that I think can be attributed to the char.

Mouthfeel:
Thick but slick, it glides along the tongue as the ample carbonation leaves a prickly sensation in its wake.

Harmony:
I was suspicious at first, but this just goes to show you never to let preconceptions get the better of you. Brouwerij Het Anker has concocted an amazingly flavorful and complex brew that is a feast in and of itself. I don't know what to say about balance, other than that all the flavors hit the taste buds within such a short span, you end up processing them seconds later. This isn't bad, but it seems just a little clumsy. Otherwise, a great brew.

Would I get it again?:
Yes, actually.

Bottled: ?
Served: 01.03.2011

Price = $4.99 at Whole Foods

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 23:57:20 | More by BeerNemesis
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AMCPhD

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1%

02-11-2013 21:23:57 | More by AMCPhD
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a brown pour with a minimal tan head.

Smell: the nose is sugary sweet with a large amount of organe essence and cotton candy to boot.

Taste: a nice sweetness again highlighted by oranges and light spice....cinnamon and nutmeg...the sweet n spice combine nicely to represent a Christmas kinda flavour.

Mouthfeel: a smooth and medium bodies beer. good balance

Drinkability: not my favorite of all the christmas beers but a fine drink nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 05:27:56 | More by Popsinc
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

01-24-2014 13:09:27 | More by jmsedgwick
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

4/5  rDev +1%

12-31-2012 21:59:22 | More by GRUUMSH
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Hobbit

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1%

08-02-2013 02:52:20 | More by Hobbit
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Los1324

New York

2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

01-02-2014 01:44:10 | More by Los1324
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

08-09-2013 21:49:42 | More by reitzbrewing
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-21-2012 07:47:44 | More by Nutwood
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A reddish, dark brown with a head that is a mix of tight laced bubbles and large bubbles. Showing signs of lacing with some short legs.

S: Aroma is quite full of Belgian yeast characteristics. Sweet, banana and bubble gum with some alcohol esters. Also picking up some mint but nothing along the lines of cinnamon or clove. A bit of prickly alcohol.

T: Taste is actually quite crisp, sweetness of the Belgian yeast at first that finishes quickly with a good carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden here and can only be detected on the very end of the sip. Big on the banana and sweet estery notes. Dark fruit notes with some bready qualities. Still having a hard time deciphering this from a BSDA, looking for something wintery here.

M: Carbonation seems low on the initial sip, yet builds as it begins to sizzle on the teeth towards the end. The body is nice on this beer and you certainly get no heat indication of the abv.

D: Very enjoyable beer, very drinkable. Not what I would expect from a Christmas style beer though. So judging this stylistically it is a great beer, but when they slapped the word "Noel" on it I would hope for something that reminds me of the season.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 04:51:58 | More by kiddynamite920
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a dark-amber pour, with a small head dissapating quickly. It smelled of cinnamo and sweet malt, with dark fruits and a lot of complex spiciness. The taste definitely confirmed all of this; lots of dark fruits and spices (cinnamon, nutmet, pepper), alcohol, hops, malt. The finish was once agin very smooth and crisp, pleasant, very warming.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2005 22:59:25 | More by sinistrsam
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Harkrank

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-23-2011 21:14:35 | More by Harkrank
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2009 bottle, poured into Chimay goblet. This beer comes alive once the top cracks open.

Excellent color but little to no retention and a thin, almost nonexistent brown head. Beer warms quickly and gives off some heavy dark fruit scents, coupled with currant, quince, and chocolate. Brown bread and black cherry in the mouth with some ground anise, licorice, and coriander seed (kind of like a sugary Anisette, which is made using these ingredients). A little cinnamon and nutmeg to throw in some complex Christmas flavors and give some serious spice depth to this beer.

The sheer viscosity and complexity of the beer can be a bit overwhelming at first, but as the carbonation winds down and the beer warms up, the beer reveals a sour, unbalanced construction that I did not expect from Brouwerij Het Anker. It doesn't break the beer, but it does make it a bit difficult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 02:01:47 | More by TLove
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Wobbly

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1%

12-04-2013 18:32:39 | More by Wobbly
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zapahoppa

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

12-25-2012 23:06:44 | More by zapahoppa
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bigdaddypolite

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +26.3%

11-19-2011 02:46:56 | More by bigdaddypolite
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 750 ml poured into a Duvel chalice

A: Reddish brown with a nice thick brownish white fluffy head. Nice lacing and retention. When held up to the light the color is red like Santa's suit, nice carbonation can be seen.

S: Malt and sweet spice, fruity, banana and kiwi.

T: Quite a complex amount of flavors, malt and bread yeast, fruity notes on a pleasing long finish. Alcohol is present at the end, but, over all, nicely blended.

M: The ample carbonation stops the beer from being cloying. It beings creamy and finishes with cream, only at the end turning to a crisp clean.

D: 10.5 does not make this beer one to be consumed in earnest.

Overall: I don't know if they have changed the recipe since the Bros reviewed it, but, it was a great beer for me. There is a lot going on, and it could be restrained a bit better, however, the flavors do work together, particularly in the finish. There is a bit of sweet and alcohol that is not blended completely out by the hit of spice at the end. Overall though, one of the better noels I've had this year.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 02:42:34 | More by ianjsullivan
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beerceller99

Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

75 cl. bottle from 2003. Pours a garnet color with an off white three finger head. Smells of black pepper, vanilla, mint, and caramel with a whiff of alcohol. Has a creamy yet lively mouthfeel. Medium to heavy bodied. Has a complex fruit, spice flavor of plums, apples, cinnamon, and black pepper, among others. Finishes with a nice peppery alcohol tang.

Another excellent brew from Anker.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 07:47:45 | More by beerceller99
Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 672 ratings.