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


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RATINGS: 1478   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
For more than 35 years we had to miss the Christmas beer but in 2002 the tradition was restored with Gouden Carolus Christmas. It’s 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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Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Very nice... Interesting aromas of spice and earth, malt and caramel. The flavor is full of prune, banana, spice, malt, and alcohol. The blend is very nice, and has given me interest in aging a bottle for next year.

drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2007
12/12/07, 750ml bottle, Christmas 2004 vintage. pours murky brown with off white head. nose is loaded with rum raisins, plums, and lots of toffee. flavor is initially sweet toffee, raisins, hints of rum and port wine. it sort of thins out towards the finish while the aged malts become clear with port wine and caramelized plums. alcohol is well hidden. body is medium. This has aged well and its really tasty but perhaps this peaked at 2 years.

pet3rman (380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 Dec 2007 2005 (aged): Excellent!! Really aged nicely. Aroma of fruit and malt. Really smooth with minimal alcohol burn. Body maintains fullness. Great stuff. Thanks to Fatheads, Pitts.

JK (6280) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Seriously heavy it is. Perhaps the best Christmas beer ever. The aroma is loaded with malt and fruit, but spice as well. Some coriander and liquorice. Anise in the flavor with more sweet malt and dark, fermenting fruit. Some red wine, port. Exceptionally full palate. World Class. I look forward to trying my 2005.

hombrepalo (1972) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2007
2007, poured a dark amber color, hints of sugar and light spices. nice tan head. sweet taste hoppy too. medium mouthfull, nice bitter ending. warming finish.. I liked it alot!

tomciccateri (1035) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Christmas 2006 version poured with with a thick tan head and produced bold aromas of raisins and candi sugar. Flavors offered hints of maize and liquorice. Overall slightly sweet dark malt flavors dominated, with a slightly warming finish. Nice.

afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber/brown with a one finger lasting tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of caramel, sweet fruit, light spices, and light floral hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium full mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Very good.

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.

gnoff (10891) - Göteborg, 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.

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.

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.

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