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

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RATINGS: 1499   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
For more than 35 years we had to miss the Christmas beer but in 2002 the tradition was restored with Gouden Carolus Christmas. Its a strong, dark ruby red ale with character and contains an alcohol percentage of 10.5 % alc.vol. Brewed in August, the beer rests a few months to reach an optimal balance. Six different kinds of herbs and spices and three different kinds of hops define the rich taste followed by a long, well-seasoned aftertaste. Perfect combination with wild, stews or ripened, strong cheeses. Top-class!

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3.6
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Pours dark brown with reddish hues and a mostly receding wispy light tan head. Aroma of tropical fruits: banana, pineapple, lemon, and flowery esters. Taste of caramel, cherry, wood, banana, and peaches. Mouthfeel full bodied, lightly sweet with lush carbonation.

3.8
gnoff (10226) - Mlndal, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2016 First rating
Rating added 12/8/2007
33 cl bottle, thanks larsniclas!
Apparently purchased one year ago before our tasting session.
Deep ruby red color, tan to brown head. Scent is alcohol, sweet, milky and spicy. Marzipan as well, also solvents. Spicy and alcohol taste, also milk and a slight bit acidic. Medium high bitterness.Smooth nice mouthfeel.
6/4/6/4/14=3.4

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Bottle thanks to Rick! Sampled on December 7, 2016.
Clear deep dark reddish brown color, tan head. Oranges, malty, chocolate scent. Sweet, oranges, chocolate, zest, lime taste. Sugary sweet, lime aftertaste. Medium full mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.
8/4/7/4/15=3.8

4.4
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Pours black, almost opaque, until raised to the light, when beautiful garnet highlights shine through. Head is huge, leaving a tan lace on the glass with each sip. Aroma is dark malt, candi suger and loads of dark fruit, including figs, dates and even some figgy pudding. Alcohol notes shine through in aroma. Flavor reveals more candi sugar, alcohol and dark fruits. Warming all the way down, leaving rich dark chocolate aftertaste. Body is suitably light for a Belgian style beer.

4.3
Defreni (3153) - Husum, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2007
Flaske. En rgang 2006. Superdejlig julel. Her er sdmen bakket godt op af krydderier og en fljlsbld mundfylde der gr at selvom man kan smage at llen er potent kammer det p ingen mde over.

4.3
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Superb. Only very lightly spiced, but the usual notes of fig, black cherries, dark caramel and molasses are present. The faintest nutmeg is also the only creature stirring, including the mouse.

4.1
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 Pours a dark chestnut brown with a large forhty head. Very malty, spicy aroma with hints of dark fruit, chocolate and pepper. Sweet matly alcohol taste up front with a dry, peppery finish with hints of raisin and dark cherries.

4.4
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours a very dark brown, approaching black. Carbonation and lacing fairly low, but not bad. Roasted, dark malt flavor, not much bitterness. A very nice, Belgian flavor with some roasty, raisiny, fruity flavors dominating. Really a beautiful, complex, very interesting beer.

3.6
JoeinDahlem (1503) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 2, 2007
A warm, spicy and tasty licorice bomb of a barley wine. 33 cL shared and sipped from snifters. Dark brown with a decently lasting off-white head. Big licorice and spices in the aromatics, some brandy notes. Light sweetness, mild licorice-and-hop bitterness. Thin and boozy and Id like some more.

3.8
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Brown unfiltered body with little head. Licorice flavor with brown sugar. Jose pistolas Philadelphia 12 oz tulip $7.50

3.7
egajdzis (6501) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2007
[2003 Draft @ Mugs Ale House] Poured a lightly hazy red brown color with a small ring of off white bubbles, no lacing. Aroma of nuts, wood, caramel malts, dried fruits, and light oxidation. Taste of tart cherries, nuts, wood, spices, with toffee, light roast, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.


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