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Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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For the Christmas and New Year festivities the Gouden Carolus range is now extended to include this seriously heavy strong brown ale. Het Anker are thus rekindling a long lost tradition from the days of yore when they marketed Cardinal Christmas and Anker Christmas.


Demise's rating

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Demise (57) - Wellington, - JAN 20, 2009
Pours dark brown, close to black, with a tan head. Dark aromas, aniseed. Very bitter flavours. Burnt malt, burnt coffee and spice, but with enough dark chocolate and caramel sweetness to pull it back. Very dense and dark, but warming. Can imagine it would fare better in the Christmas snow than New Zealand’s warm Christmas nights.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (120) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
Egészen sötét, vörösesbarna színű ital különleges, negrós, medvecukros aromával, melyek egészen fantasztikus módon ízének is meghatározói. Minden korty egy újabb élményt jelent, melyek során idővel kisimul az íze, de ez az ánizsos vonulat mindvégig alapvető jellegzetessége marad, és kellőképpen egyedivé varázsolja a főzetet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (1073) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 18, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black, liquorice, aniseed, sweet sugar, dry, fruity, berries.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ronaldtheriot (1180) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Gouden Carolus Noel has a thin, cream-colored or beige head, a medium-brown, appearance, fierce bubble streams, and some thin lacing left behind. The aroma is sharp- sweet, rich, spiced bread, licorice, alligator pepper, fruit, and other assorted herbs and spices, which I can’t pin down. Taste is similar, with an overriding licorice aspect. There is even a menthol note upon inhalation and exhalation. Mouthfeel is medium to thick and somewhat prickly, and Gouden Carolus Noel finishes mostly dry and decently drinkable. Alcohol is not picked up, except faintly in the background. Overall, this is a super beer! RJT

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (496) - SPAIN - MAY 2, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en www.biirkonnen.com. Color marron oscuro, casi negro. Sabor a malta, regaliz, alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (1995) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2014
11.2 oz bottle from Coconuts, dated 30/07/2013, and poured into a tulip at home. Brown/black appearance with an off-white head and light lacing. Aroma of mint, black licorice, spices, dark malts, molasses, herbs and light alcohol. Similar flavor, strong, spiced, dark, herbal, mildly sweet and lightly boozy. Medium body with ample carbonation. Kind of fun to sip on, not really my thing, though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1565) - Earth, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
My 2nd favorite offering Gouden has for us. Brilliant xMas spice notes mixed into a full Belgian sweet brew. Dank!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1329) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
Pour is dark brown with large bubbly off-white head. Aroma and flavor of anise, plums, smoke, and licorice. Flavor is on the sweeter side, high carbonation level.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
Smells terrible: artificial orange-flavored sno cone syrup. Imitation orange concentrate + mediocre Belgian spice = bleh. How does this have a 3.83 avg rating?!? Edit: as it warms, this loses all its sweetness and develops an intensely bitter black licorice flavor. Fking awful.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andriesradu (452) - ROMANIA - APR 8, 2014
33cl bottle. Pours dark brown/red with a moderate, fast diminishing head. Aroma is complex; sweet, milk chocolate, malt alchool, anise. Flavor is also complex, it has sweet malt in it, anise, some alchool but way low than you would expect from a 10.5% beer, sweet malt, some chrismas spices,dry taste. I really like these Belgian Chrismas brews.


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