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


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RATINGS: 1487   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. 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (2169) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2009 Dark semi-opaque cherry color with almost no head. Slightly sour aroma with brown sugar and cinnamon spiced apple notes. Taste is sharp and raisiny with caramel and spice burn at the onset, and ebbs to smooth balance. Finish is lightly carbonated with biscuity taste and alcoholic warming. Rating #600. Draft 13 oz/$7.50

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
taunusmies (352) - FINLAND - NOV 25, 2007
Pours dark brown with a large head. Taste is balanced, soft and quite sweet. Malty aroma with liquorice and herbs. Raisins and fruits. Very multidimensional taste. Alcohol is very well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 25, 2007
330ml bottle.
My God, what a gorgeous beer. Pours a deep, ever slightly cloudy ruby-chestnut with a pillowy, bubbly khaki head. Streaming bubbles keep that head from disappearing so that it can leave lumps of Brussels lace on the sides of the glass from beginning to end. Aroma consists of layers of fruit and spice, including juniper, raisin, dried cherries, malty molasses, a touch of citrus and a judicious dash of black pepper. Flavor includes all of the above with a touch of anise for good measure. Moderate hop bitterness comes online on the middle of the tongue. Full-bodied with a smooth and strangely creamy finish. I have found a new favorite Christmas beer. Wow, is this stuff good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (2830) - Kaarina, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2013 A very deep and dark brown colour with a blond and medium head. The nose is complicated and there are sweetness, liquirice, lot of anise and hint of herbs. Taste is quite similar than aroma: quite sweet, anise, liquirice, dark fruits and maybe some alcohol. This is very pleasant, strong and complicated beer for a warm up the cold winter nights.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GadgetGeek (36) - Snellville, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2007
We drank this 2006 version of Carolus Nol while we were preparing our Thanksgiving meal. It was a gift and thank you. I liken this beer very much to the Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emporer that I have drunk before. Very sweet, very smooth and way to tasty for a 10.5% beverage. This would NOT be my Go-To beer, but is a good special treat for the holidays. I like the slight anise flavor at the finish of this beer. This is skillfully done, fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoundsLikeJoe (13) - Rock Hill, South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2007 Nice aroma...very nice appearance... flavor is great but not FANTASTIC. A bit too sweet for me with a hint of something... clean and hides the alcohol well. Palate is smooth and creamy..... Overall very pleasing. Not an everyday beer but a damn fine treat. ====================== After finding this on draft, I must recount. This beer has a great flavor; semi-sweet, hides acohol well, ....

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
ekstedt (6608) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2009 Bottle (33 cl) from Barley Wine, Copenhagen, Denmark. Deep copper with a creamy large beige head. Sticky caramelly aroma with sweet liquorice and spices. Medium bodied and very smooth. Way too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (3050) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Bottle (10%) from BevMo. Dark ruby in color. Sweet aroma. Some interesting spices, maybe ginger and anise. Some yeast and a root type of scent. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is somewhat spicy. Quite a bit of roasted dark fruitiness and more black licorice. Very rich. Good winter beer. Too bad were having Santa Anas. Alcohol is well hidden. Enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Plovmand (8017) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle. You dont get a much better balanced spiced Belgian Strong Ale than this one. Dark brown colour with a nice head. Aroma is dark fruits and spices. Flavor is dark fruits, caramel, anis and malts. A beautifull mouthfull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (15129) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 31, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2015 750ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Winter Ales 2004)
Rich brown. Sweet winey strongly spiced malts on the nose. Salty salmiakki in the taste, ginger and dark fruits. Very complex, very potent.
Rerate: 750ml bottle - shared by Janne - thanks! (7:4:8:4:14=3.7)
Apple, marzipan aroma. Crisp palate, lively carbonation. Apple in taste too. No hint of 10.5%.
Rerate: 750ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) BB2011 (7:4:7:4:14+=3.6+)
Lovely apricotty aroma. Super mellow fruity body. Light palate, soft, has no sign of any strength at all. Lovely malty brew, aged wonderfully, but perhaps beginning to weaken.

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