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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

749 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 749
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.44%
Wants: 26
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gusler on 11-24-2002

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Photo of timontheroad
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark reddish brown with a sparse tan head that faded immediately to a thin film. The aroma is sweet, with lots of licorice, some dark fruit notes and some spiciness. The taste is licorice and more licorice, with some cherry, raisin, figs, and kind of a "winey" taste. The mouthfeel is medium to light, with a bit of alcohol burn, very little carbonation. It seems like there's a lot of different flavors in this beer, but they aren't melded well. Not the best Christmas Ale out there, but a solid drinker nonetheless.

Photo of SeaAle
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of theopholis
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Deep, extremely clear brown with ruby hues when held to the light. The head is massive foamy light tan colored affair that refuses to die. Leaves a fair amount of lace, although there is little effervescencing. When it finally subsides a clingy sticky ring and lacing.

Smell- Lots of dark fruits off the starting line. Prunes, raisins, figs, etc. The dark fruit aroma is huge. Followed by a hint of banana esters. Very inviting, but also oddly fearsome.

Taste- Not nearly as complex as aroma let on. The anise comes through with a bit of some kind of candy sugar and cocoa. Again, lots of complex, dark fruits. As it warms, it gets better, but not that extremely rich, complex blend of tastes that a lot of Belgian holiday beers have.

M: Medium body. Low carbonation (which is to style).

Drinkability- Good, but not great. The taste had e a bizarre cafeteria feel to it.

Photo of Murph
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful clear dark mahogany color with a 1/4" brownish head that sinks to a thick, creamy film that has a nice lacing effect on the glass. Huge sweet maltiness with big dark candy sugar aspects in the nose. Some very nice, and nicely subtle, fruity and spicy qualities. Getting some light nutmeg and cinnamon along with some nice fig and raisin aromas. Big sweet candy maltiness all over the tongue right off the bat. Lightly spiced fruits in the background. Some nice cinnamon, nutmeg, and peppery spices with some tasty raisins and light baked apple dumpling characteristics. Slightly thin body through the middle of the brew before finishing with a nice malty sweet flourish that is accompanied by a nice warming alcohol quality. Warm and tasty but a little thin in the middle that drops the mouthfeel a bit. An excellent brew with good warming qualities for the cold Holiday season. The slightly lighter aspects of the brew lend to an even better drinkability. I could both drink several of these and would definitely be willing to get a few more at a later date. An excellent brew and worthy of a purchase if you see it. A big thanks to Bill at the Alexandria Whole Foods for letting me sample this one and enticing me to buy it.

Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of kingjohnh
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Schmoog
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of BierReise
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cl Corked bottle No date. Poured a hazy deep amber color with a thin tan head which settled to a thin film. Aroma has a sugary sweetness to it, some bready malt and fruit overtones. Alcohol shows up as it warms. Has a medium body that is smooth with a crispy finish. Flavor is sweet with malt almost barley style. Some fruit and a bit of spiciness also detectable. Overall not a bad seasonal.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aged example from… Damn, 2003…

A strong and delicious Belgium ale with multi-faceted fruitiness: certainly dark fruit flavors (raisins, dates, etc) but also some light fruits as well, such as some appely sweetness up front and a touch of acidic green grape in the finish (just a hint though). Of course there is the robust, sugary maltiness with notes of caramel, toffee, and even chocolate. Thrown into the mix is a pleasant spice profile featuring nutmeg, cinnamon, and some clove. A sharp alcohol bite tops of this brew’s flavor pretty much from start to finish. Highly recommended!

Photo of dgallina
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml corked and caged brown bottle. No date on cork or bottle.

Pours almost clear red-tinged chestnut. Little head and thin lace, but relatively good carbonation for a strong aged ale. Pretty strong smelling. Lots of alcoholic grape bubble gum, banana, black pepper in the nose. Bitter-sweet tasting. Heavy bubble gum stickiness vies uneasily against spiced medicinal alcohol notes. Some toasted malt shows through in the finish, but not enough to offset the tenacious bubble gum. Body is heavy and limp; sticky and not very exciting. I don't particularly enjoy the other Gouden Carolus beers, and this one is in the same mould.

Photo of zookerman182
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy red color with a very small and non existent head.
Aroma is very boozy and full of dark fruit and cherries.
Taste is cherries, raisins, prunes, figs, very nice holiday beer.
Mouthfeel is really nice, almost creamy.
Sweet tasting beer with nice carbonation.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves a two finger head that quickly fades to a long lasting surface layer ( i.e. excellent retention ) , and leaves excellent lacing. Body is a hazy garnet.

Smell - medicinal alcohol, solvent alcohol, horse blanket, raisins, and a hint of malt bread.

Taste - figs, raisins, horse blanket washed through with phenolic, medicinal alcohol. Solvent alcohol present in the nose, just does not show up on the palate, and the alcohol ends up being pleasingly warm and medicinal, not harsh like I had feared from the nose, nor is it overly dominating.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, semi-dry, and somewhat fizzy.

Drinkability - this is very good, but the high abv makes it not sessionable.

Photo of dragonWhale
2.28/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into an unbranded goblet

Pours a dark amber with a one and a half finger off-white head. Above average retention and abundant lacing. The nose is complex, some orange peel, boozy, rum-soaked burnt raisins, light earthiness and a bouquet of spices. Caramel and vanilla notes right off the bat, prunes, date, dried black cherries join in complemented by brown sugar, anise and ginger. Finishes semi-dry with warming alcohol. Smooth, silky, light syrupy mouthfeel, low carbonation. Overall a very nice holiday brew. Throughly enjoyed this one and won't hesitate to revisit it next year.

Photo of Luiz0930
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of sbanacho
2.25/5  rDev -43%

Photo of silverking
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First off, let me say that the cork is a nice touch. It pours a deep, beautiful, transparent Mahogony with a tan head. The head begins to recede, but never really dissapears. The lacing is exquisite. It holds for a second or two and then forms rivers and trubutaries through itself that all eventually lead to the sea of delectable belgian ale that lies below. The aroma carries warming notes of anise, dark fruit, yeast, and alcohol. The palate is very much like a nice glass of cabernet. It is a bit tart up front but then it rounds off nicely with rich notes of bread and anise. The anise carries over into the finish and joins yeast in a wonderful union of flavor. The carbonation is a little heavy, but its full mouthfeel counteracts it. It leaves a slight tackiness on the lips from it higher than average gravity. I usually frown upon this and I think that it is the downfall of many winter brew's, but somehow this beer makes it work. This beer forced a smile across my face from sheer joy.

Photo of Pug
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Snellgg5
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of jjboesen
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A loud "POP" of the cork and off we go .... Into the glass goes the "Noel;" up from the bottom arises a cream colored lather that settles into a russet liquid, dark and impervious to any natural light. Some carbonation bubbles escape from the bottom. The lacing on the glass is of a moderate proportion.

There is, upon initial nose, a subtle, but sweet, whiff of cherry supplemented with a slight caramel ester. The palate is overwhelmed by a pervasive cloyingness that brings one to mind of raisins carmelized in brown sugar. Sweet.

Nevertheless, there is airiness to the body, but a heavy induction of alcohol is there to tweak the mouthfeel; the balance is subliminal.

This Noel is a fine Yuletide quaff that makes me realize why I like the holidays. Bon Noel!

Photo of orfeu
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my new AleSmith tulip that I received from b0ldfacelies -- a perfect vessel for a special Xmas beer. Cherry-blood bronze with a smooth and creamy dust-khaki foam cap. Aromas of overripe banana, nutmeg, clove, powdered ginger, cinnamon, farmyardy yeast funk, lemon zest and a finishing scent of earthy grain husks. Tart applesauce and raisin puree flavor mixed with mashed banana and a funky vegetal spiciness in the aftertaste -- sort of like brussels sprouts. Lingering "country" yeast flavors. Noticeable alcohol buzz all around the flavor and mouthfeel, but nothing that's too distracting from the overall taste experience. Surprisingly light in body for such a big, flavorful beer. Moderate alcohol slickness is barely perceptible, leading to extremely easy drinkability, especially given the big flavor and high alcohol content. In all, a very nice choice for a special holiday beer.

Photo of janubio
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep broown colour, with red reflections to the light. Medium beige head that does not hold for too long, but leaves a good lace. Smell of earth, spices, maybe pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, dried fruits, candy, anis, licorice... Medium body and carbonation, it felles great in the palate, creamy and rich. Taste of licorice, dried fruits, clove, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel. Great.

Photo of roblowther
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of AMCPhD
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ngandhi
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tawny port and alcohol nose that opens to a wildly sticky sweetness reminiscent of toffee and candy corn. This beer is held together by a solid bittering and light graininess that isn't as yeasty as most Belgians. The finish has a touch of alcohol and spice, perhaps licorice. Gouden Carolus is an angry mother -- punishing, bitter, and firm, but ultimately warm and sweet.

Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
89 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.