Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas | Brouwerij Het Anker

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3.92/5
Very Good
891 Ratings
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:
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Added by Gusler on 11-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,683
Reviews:
505
Ratings:
891
pDev:
15.56%
Bros Score:
2.88
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
115
Trade:
0
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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sjrider
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy mahogany with thick tan head and plenty of lacing into a snifter. Nose is bready and sweet. Taste is sweet and malty with boozy dark fruit and candy sugar.More flavor as it warms.Well done Belgian holiday ale.

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Photo of TheMerle75
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice deep color. Good contrast to the head. Bready aroma with strong malt. First taste is sweet malt with malt follow thru. Light to minimal hops. Medium finish.

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Photo of WormGod
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

750 ml cage and cork - 2017 version - Christmas dinner drinking. Pours a mahogany colour - definite reddish hue - off whitish head. Smells of molasses, bit of licorice (though I am thinking I may oddly interchange those two), boozy dark fruits. Taste of sweet raisins, date, bit of cherry on caramel malt. I still get a bit of licorice and molasses. Boozy smooth mouth feel with warming finish. Certainly a beer that if you start drinking cold, let it warm to suggested temperature/cellar temperture. Very good.

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Photo of djura
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found it in beershop, Belgrade, Serbia.
Bottle, 0.33 l
Dark caramel color with two winger brown foam, low carbonation. Cherry chocolate aroma in the nose.
Sweet, medium carbonated, low bitterness, fruity, cocoa in the back.
Strong and aromatic, liquid cake.

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Photo of OlaB
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown color with red sheen and a small top off beige head. Strong aroma off caramel and with figues,dates,raisins,bread,cloves,licorice and anise.Great sweet flavour with a lot off roasted malts in the back. Nice caramel malt flavour in the back while in the front the fruity sweetness linger. Slightly dry in the finish with nice malty aftertaste, and a great lenght. Nice complexity in the flavours. Mouthfeel is silky and creamy and even if it have a high alcohol content is masked quite well.Medium body with a soft carbonation.
This is a great and delicious beer. A real sipper to enjoy.
Would absolutelly drink this one again, and recommend it.

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Photo of Quafftastic
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of damndirtyape
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, served in a Tulip glass. Batch number 7077, 09:52.

Appearance: Ruby red to dark amber when held up to the light - clear. Very thick off white head that died back to a 1/4" foam across the top. Thick strands and sheets of persistent lacing.

Smell: Fruity esters, hint of alcohol soaked prune/plum, tiny bit of sweet breadiness with a swirl.

Taste: Lots going on. Roasted malt, licorice, dark fruits, and maybe just a bit of cinnamon spiciness. Finish has a mix of noble hops, licorice, and just a bit of a metallic note. Very complex.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, nicely thick with some just right carbonation. A little bit warming and dry at the finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer to savor on Christmas eve. Alcohol well hidden in this one under all the malt and other flavors. I think though, that this would be better to pair with a meal, as all the strong flavors going on would pair nicely with a hearty main dish, maybe a steak or a roast of some sort. I think that the other food would temper the metallic finish of this beer, which is probably the only downside to this beer, otherwise it's a good representation of the style.

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Photo of rarigney
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Houborg1
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review based on expectations.

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Photo of MTKATL
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bogdawg
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Devonking
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Epiktetos
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluehende
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mig100
2.24/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of LennyBound
1/5  rDev -74.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Rating relative to style. Drain pour.

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Photo of PprBurke
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SpongeHop
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - red-ish mahogany brown, voluptuous creamy foam on top
S - raisins up front, honey sweetness, toast bread maltiness, lingering beautiful christmas spices of clove and a very prominent note of anise seed
T - see smell, with the gorgeous raisins and star anise being most prominent
F - nice body, without being overpoweringly fizzy

O - my favorite christmassy beer. puts a smile on my face, and full disclaimer, this is coming from someone who does not like the ordinary gouden carolus classic. In fact, this is the beer that inspired my first homebrew. That probably says something...

I absolutely recommend this one.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 891 ratings