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Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas | Brouwerij Het Anker

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BA SCORE
3.92/5
Very Good
871 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gusler on 11-24-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,260
Reviews:
499
Ratings:
871
pDev:
15.82%
Bros Score:
2.88
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
108
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 871 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The missing link between liquor and liquorice.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This Christmas beer is an absolute belter! What can I say other than pure velvet to drink, with a combination of caramel and liquorice in aroma. I prefer to have this lightly chilled then aired a touch. Super creamy head which remains providing you are consuming from a suitable delivery system. If you're not a liquorice fan, then you may find it a bit too much....thank the lucky stars I am!
The BA reviews here do not do justice to this epic brew at all, it's still the highest rated beer I have scored thus far, truly hard to beat....The Bro's got this one MASSIVELY wrong with a poor rating, and I suspect that has influenced a fair few reveiwers.....mark my words this is as good a beer as you will find.

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Photo of vidisad
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As other reviews has stated, there is a strong presence of anise going on in this beer. I personally like it, even preferring it over Chimay blue in a side-by-side. I did notice that as the beer warmed, the flavors seems to get awkward; thus, I prefer it cold.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnTurano
3.04/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of PJCarnell
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMarcy78
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of opieo
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

There is nothing special about this brew. No taste stand out. Slight grain front. Slight hop after. Totally non-descript. Not even the atmosphere of the Heigel Geist church restuarant in Mainz GE helped the flavor.

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vinicole
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark ruby. Thick tan head. Looks great.
Sweet smelling dried fruit, caramel fudge and molasses.
The taste reflects the aroma. The sweetness lingers.
Smooth carbonation with only a moderate body.
This went down well on Christmas day 2016.

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Photo of jdkitchi
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The anise was too overpowering, otherwise well made brew.

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Photo of puck1225
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft in a snifter on Christmas Eve. Dark brown color, beige head and good lacing. Warm spice and sweet spice smell. Taste is sweet with root beer and dark raisins, cola and orange. A decent Christmas beer.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
2.69/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Complete licorice bomb. I'm not sure if it was actually added, but it's really overwhelming. If you do not like black licorice, there is a good chance you will dislike this beer. It's lost most of the dark fruit qualities of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but the alcohol burn is very prominent. Not a particularly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of FBarber
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a deep murky brown with about a finger of creamy light tan head that settles down to about a quarter of that. But it manages to hold on throughout and leave some patches of tight sticky lacing. The aroma is dark fruity, sweet, with a little bit an of herbal tinge. The taste is much the same and I actually get a little bit of anise. The body is lighter but not thin, with a nice smooth feel throughout.

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Photo of tdiers
4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am no expert on beers. I only know what I like. This is my favorite Belgium Strong Dark Ale. It is my base line and I now compare every dark ale to this. I love the dark bread like, spicy, and fruity sweetness along with the thick smooth feeling. I buy as much of it as I can when it's available. Which is hardly ever on the small island of Okinawa, Japan. It is a fantastic Christmas Ale. I only wish it was available year round and in greater quantity globally. The 10.5% alcohol content will definitely sneak up on you by the time you finish the 750ml bottle.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you like black licorice you'll like this beer. Dark pour, creamy head, smells like anise, tastes like pure black licorice. Nice licorice waxy feel too. A licorice beer through and through.

If you like licorice you'll love it. If not, pass.

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Photo of KCarr
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of citizencane
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. Tastes of roasted Malta and toothpaste. Nothing to write home about but not bad.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FatsoSvuLLo
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bruno74200
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's a great beer with a good complexity with the dark fruits, the spices, the toffee and the warming alcohol. It's very smooth and not boozy even if it warms you good. The only problem is the presence of the anise which is a bit strong for me

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Gouden Carolus Noël / Christmas from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 871 ratings
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