Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas | Brouwerij Het Anker

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89
very good
869 Ratings
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Gouden Carolus Noël / ChristmasGouden Carolus Noël / Christmas
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
hetanker.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gusler on 11-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
869
Reviews:
499
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
15.37%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
107
For Trade:
0
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2007 bottle

The pour was a nice one, a nice dark brown with a thick fluffy three finger head with great retention. The head laces the glass for a good while. Right off the bat I could catch caramel and chocolate in my first sniff. There may even be hints of nuts and fruit, but I definitely caught the alcohol fragrance. It tasted almost like chocolate cake with caramel and roasted malts at first, but after a few sips I caught the strong alcoholic after notes. The mouthfeel is chewy and thick and drinkability is good, but this is definitely a beer to sip and enjoy.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours off brown with generous white head. Very carbonated.

Nose is rich with brown spices, holiday dessert baking, some citrus and molasses.

Very full bodied with alcohol warmth, some curry powder, dessert spices, and ginger/cinnamon.

Finish is very long, with cocoa powder, and alcohol. Warms you up quite well.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my Pumking chalice. Dark brown in color with a thin, sticky head to it. Really nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a big dark fruit presence to it with notes of plum, fig and raisin all present. I get some notes of clove and anise to it as well. The spices are nicely balanced with the malty flavors. Nice aroma for a holiday spiced beer.

The taste follows up with some very rich and sweet dark fruit flavors. Fig and plum seem to lead the way. The spices are a little more reserved but I do get more of the clove and anise towards the finish. Enough bitterness comes out in the finish to keep the sweet dark fruits from becoming cloyingly sweet. It comes together very well and again the spices are nicely balanced with the malt flavors.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being about average for the style. Overall, I thought it was a very good holiday spiced beer. They didn't go overboard on the spices, which I appreciate. The dark fruit flavors were also particularly nice in it. It came together very well and is one of the better holiday spiced beers I've had in a while.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged, Dark and cloudy reddish-brown in color, big thick clingy brown head, sweet fruity and bready aroma, full bodied, alcohol hidden very well, smooth and velvety mouthfeel, finishes a little sweet, this is a great Belgian ale, very drinkable and tasty.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 cl bottle shared at Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting, 12.18.11.

Half finger light brown head, quick dissipation resulting in thin broken layer of head on top of dark brown body, several streams of slow rising bubbles visible around edge of glass. Stone fruit dominated nose, plums and currants, big dose of dark candi sugar, floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, more plums than currants or raisins, sweetness from the formidable dose of candi sugar, a bit of spice vanilla, floral hops not bitter. Mouthfeel is medium, decent effervescence. Wondering if this taste a bit more full in the big bottle, I preferred the St. Bernardus to this, might benefit from some aging.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark, with a red hue. Nice thick head.

S: Spicy, with alcohol being very apparent.

T: Warm alcohol, spicy, very very malty.

M: Med. heavy, average carbonation.

D: Great great great. I love this beer. Could drink all night, but would end up on the floor if I did!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

the whole here is better than its elements on the score sheet, but thats the way it goes sometimes. this is a 2011 vintage, mostly cellared by little liquor on downing, been in my cellar about a year, the time was now. its murky auburn colored with a nice white belgian head on it, maybe the cloudiness is a product of its age somehow, i dont remember this being cloudy in the past. the aroma and flavor are great though, no oxidation or old beer flavor at all, it has matured really nicely. lots going on here, rich grain at the heart of it, notes of chestnut, dried cherry, clove, anise, brown sugar, and and a cool fruity belgian yeast, pears and apple cider hints to it. there is a lot of sugar here still, especially in the finish, but what there isnt, is too much alcohol. its warming and cozy, but it doesnt burn and it doesnt slow me down at all. gingerbready spice in the finish here, the malt has held up well too. very holiday in overall vibe, but not as belgian yeast driven as a lot of others in this family. id love to do a side by side with a freshy, but this 2011 has to be near its prime. quality beer, better than its ratings!

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Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
3.97 out of 5 based on 869 ratings.
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