janubio (467) - SPAIN - JAN 4, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Renobob (1085) - BesanÁon, FRANCE - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Au nez, caramel, alcool, rhum. Légère amertume au palais. Sucre candi en finale. Pas mal.
FinkBeer (15) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a as complete a Noël beer gets, with the lovely sweet nose, but deviating from a typical Belgian ale with a bit less in bubbles department, leaving it softer, sweeter and spicier. They really nailed what otherwise could have been a very heavy feeling beer.
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fkoolen (470) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 Bottle at home. Deep dark brown colour, beige foamy head. Sweet aroma and taste with herbs and spices like clove and cinnamon, ginger, dried fruits, light anis, but mainly cough syrup and liquorice. Firm body, medium carbonation, oily mouthfeel. Well executed Christmas ale (which is not my favourite style of beer apparently).
Jamesthebrit (322) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Herbaceous. Plum. Date. Tons of dates. Raisin. Something earthy... Like oregano. Almost like a subtle peppermint. Bubblegum. Grape.
Looks... Ummm gross? Sort of like a hazy brown like... When you drink too much coffee.... And then eat a really spicy burrito.... And also have the flu. You know.
Taste is better than the smell. More balanced. Dates. Sweet. Ginger. Boozy. Licorice! Thatís what it is.
Palate is smooth. Dry. Nice finish.
Overall not as good as other Gouden carolus beers but still solid. Licorice is overwhelming. And I donít like licorice so this isnít the beer for me. Still a reall well executed beer.
BeerFunGuy (803) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is straight black licorice aroma appearance and flavor. Really unique and interesting went great with the salmon we had with raisin caper butter
Percy0103 (241) - MEXICO - DEC 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed on 26/12/14. Bottle, 330ml. A chestnut beer with a small white head that fades away quickly. Intense aroma of anis, dried fruits and caramel. Bittersweet taste with a strong alcoholic finish. Heavy chacarter that reminds me a lot of anis. Strong astringency and moderate carbonation. Not very drinkable. Good, but at the end the anis in the aroma and the taste is too much (and Iím a person who loves anis). I donít think I could finish the 750ml bottle.
miggle (235) - FŁrth, GERMANY - DEC 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark with a good Head. Smell has roasted malt and caramel. Carmel is very dominant in taste. Nice sweetness.
strap (540) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - DEC 30, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
fairly good beer, only drawback was the licorice flavor that was very present. otherwise very good winter belgian ale. if i liked licorice, this beer wouldíve been near perfect
RickFifty (601) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-brown color, small beige head. Candi sugar nose, cough drop, anise, ginger, dried fruit, hint of alcohol. Sweet fruity taste, Belgian yeast, candi sugar, licorice. Full body, soft carbonation.