tectactoe (716) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: deep, deep murky brown color with some ruby hints about; off-white, nearly beige cap sits on top leaving little bits of wet, dripping lace behind. Aroma is totally unique, incredibly hard to decipher. Sweet malt-y notes, chocolate, plum, raisin, raspberry, sweet toffee & caramel, nutmeg, ginger, faint anise/licorice, light mint, cinnamon bread, brown sugar? Smells like a Christmas time potpourri or festive candle. Taste is just as complex with spice & sweetness all over. Sweet red fruits, sugar coated plums, dates, cranberries, brown sugar, booze-soaked cinnamon & raisin bread, coriander, anise, plentiful earthy & dirty esters... Not sure where this thing is going, but I like it. Big bodied, lightly sticky. Really nice holiday ale from Belgium.
Hanoi (217) - - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is candy sugar, orange creams, anise, mint and cough syrup; very strange. Taste is very sweet, cola, cream, cherry, malt, leading to sticky dark fruits, handfuls of raisins and a slightly medicinal herb note in the in the finish which lifts the beer. Mouthfeel is a slick.
An interesting if not exceptional xmas beer.
tillmac62 (54) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2013 Pours a translucent dark brown with a thick tan head that lingers and laces well. The nose is of dark sweet malt with a hint of dark fruit and chocolate. Medium bodied and well carbonated. This beer is full of flavor that masks the 10% alcohol well. Extremely well balanced. The taste is dark malt, with chocolate undertones, blended with spice and licorice with a very slight alcohol finish. Finishes clean with a burst of dark malt against spice and alcohol. An excellent Christmas Ale. I just did a side by side against St. Bernardus Christmas ale, on 12/4/13. Gouden is far superior in terms of body, complexity and flavor.
Tomy63 (137) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bière de couleur marron foncé, mousse assez fine, nez sur le café le cacao, un soupçon de fruits rouges, mais beaucoup moins que dans la Van der Kaizer. Un peu plus épicée. Alcool moins bien intégré, plus écoeurante. Moins de longueur, mais ça reste correcte.
Russ2079 (5) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2013 Sweet, Bitter, Citrus, Alcohol, Sour, Earthy, Pungent, Nice Lace, medium to medium light, full flavor, Liquor
berntholer (574) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
beige head that disappears fast with lacing. coffee coloured. aroma sweet, spices, rotten cherries, anise, dried fruits, boozy. taste like aroma finish bitter, liquorice, sweet. medium body and carbonation. bottle 33 cl / bbf sep-2016
UDBeernut (1265) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark amber with ruby hints, cream colored head. massive orange peel nose. sweetness prevails, licourice, spice, orange peels and some citrus. medium body. sweetness becomes cloying.
Marstonlad (270) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. A color of dark brown, almost black with a medium-sized, dense head that leaves lasting lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, strong notes of licorice, raisin, spices and perhaps a little Christmas-style spiciness too. When tasted, the first thing that springs to mind is the delightfully smooth, full palate and then the flavour of licorice that is, however, not as overpowering as in the easter version of Gouden Carolus. Sweet maltiness and spiciness are well present too and the tasting experience is crowned by the aforementioned full, smooth palate. Hops do not feature but the taste is long with a good malt and yeast character. Alcohol is not around. A great Christmas beer, probably my favourite from these wonderful Gouden Carolus ales.
Dermi (560) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl, bottled. Shared. Pours clear dark ruby with a small beige head. Aroma: Fruity, caramel, yule spices. Taste: Sweet, roasted bitterness at background. Slight sour component. Citrus. Soapy malt. Raisins. Palate: Medium body, quite moderate carbonation. Pretty good.
Tide (1288) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Alko. Dark brown color, beige head. Bittersweet taste with lots of toffee, dark fruits, syrup, licorice, a bit of alcohol, spices, cookie dough and earthy notes. Bittersweet finish with toffee, citrus and warming alcohol. Excellent belgian strong for the winter season.