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

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RATINGS: 1495   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. 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 Aroma of liquerish, alcohol and spice. Dark deep brown amber color, darker then i expected. Spiced amaretto liquor taste with traces of plum raison and spice, enjoyable but different then most other belgians. Deffinately drink this on a cold winter night.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2007
750 ML Bottle-Clear brownish color w/almost no head. Spiced Belgian aroma. Dark Belgian flavor w/traces of plum, raisens & spice. Traces of pine to it. This beer has some kick to it; I’d call it a real Winter warmer. I drank it at the wrong time of year; save this one for a cold winter night around the fire & you will really enjoy it!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2007
bomber corked and caged poured a thick looking brown red in color with a tan layer of foam on the beer. smell is yeast, plumb, alcohol, spice, pine, and some sweetness. the taste is really quite smooth, midrange on mouth feel, and finishes with a spicy alcohol snap. quite a layer of dried dark fruits like figs and plums, definitely some sweetness but not in a way that is over the top, many interesting subtle flavors like anise and licorice, and there is a light bit of mint. very interesting beer that warmed on me, perhaps because i drank the whole bomber myself.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
2003 vintage on tap at Lucky Baldwin’s. Coffee with cream color and a creamy off white head. Aroma of caramel, tobacco, leather, and spice. Creamy palate. Amaretto liquor taste with a touch of orange and clove, tobacco in the finish and a lingering warmth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7940) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2007
750, corked and baled. Pours nearly black with a moussy tan head of unremarkable depth. Nice figgy, roasty, green-apple-y nose, with maybe a bit of cardboard taint in there but scarcely at all. Nice soft velvety body with subdued carb and gentle flavors. Figs in the lead, prunes, other tree fruits. Some light caramely sugary sweetness. Gentle, soft finish. Lovely stuff I’d happily drink anytime.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
heavy (2808) - Split, CROATIA - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2007 0.33 l bottle. Pours dark brown body with smaller brown head. Wonderful aroma of caramel mixed with lot of things like punch, vanilla, some fruits etc. Flavor isn’t any worser, very full, alcohol is not felt at all, a bit sweetish. Palate also without complaints. Low carbonation fits well on thins one. Nice long finish. Alcohol is felt only after finishing the bottle. Oh yeah, almost perfect beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2007
750ml bottle. Pours dark copper color with brown head. Aroma is sweet, caramel and spicey. Taste of caramel and malt with clean finsih.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2009 Garrafa, 330 ml, em 2007 e em agosto de 2008. Coloração avermelhada, escura, creme bege denso e persistente, deixando uma fina camada perene. Excelente aroma: malte torrado, frutas vermelhas e fermento. Final levemente amargo e torrado. Consistência aveludada, densa. Cerveja complexa, encorpada e harmoniosa. Carbonatação média-baixa, muito boa. Álcool muito bem inserido no conjunto: presente, mas equilibrado.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: December 31, 2003
Mode: Bottle Conditioned
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC
Vintage: 2003
Appearance: muddy brown, easily excitable thin tan head
Aroma: big complex malt aroma with lots of candy sweetness, licorice, ripe fruit, and a hint of spices showing up in a mild alcohol fume
Flavor: rich malt flavor with lots of complex character including chocolate, plums, and raisons, no bitterness but well balanced to keep it from being too sweet, a fine way to end the year

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: May 15, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2003
Score: 5.0 to 4.8
Appearance: specks of drippy lace
Aroma: such wonder ripe fruit aroma and light spices like rum soaked fruit cake
Flavor: rich flavor with caramel, chocolate, and lots of ripe fruit, tons of complex flavor, light balancing bitterness, sweetness has dried a bit but still incredably big and rich, the yeast shot adds a bready character and enrichens the chocolate but detracts from the fruit

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: December 25, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: rich sweet fruity aroma, lots of ripe plum, brown sugar sweetness
Flavor: rich and fruity flavor, light spicyness, brown sugar sweetness, deep rich fruits
Overall: a few years of age does this beer proud

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: December 31, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: continues to be the best plum pudding aroma, rich ripe fruits, caramel candy and vanilla sweetness, light spices
Flavor: rich caramel malt flavor, lots of ripe fruits, brown sugar sweetness, nice spicyness, sweet caramel and vanilla, the yeast shot adds an extra dimension of richness

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: February 07, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: cellar stock
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: sweet rum raison aroma, Christmas candy, spices
Flavor: sweet candied fruit flavor, spices, dark fruits
Overall: stands the test of time, as wonderful as ever

Aroma: 10/10; Appearance: 9/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 19/20
Rating: 4.7/5.0
Drinkability: 10/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: December 18, 2005
Mode: Bottle Conditioned
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: dark with ruby edges, big everlasting tan head with renewable lace
Aroma: strong rich spicy fig aroma with a bit of sweetness like a Christmas figgy pudding, traces of hot pepper and cinamon in the aroma
Body: nice carbonation fizz with a creamy body
Flavor: lots of rich spicy fruity flavor, wonderful dark brown sugar candy sweetness, rich ripe fruit, chocolate and carmel

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 9/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 19/20
Rating: 4.7/5.0
Drinkability: 10/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: December 08, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Vintage: 2006
rich ripe fruit aroma shows up at the very beginning, touch of nice cherry,

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: December 16, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2007
rich and fruity rum pudding

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: December 25, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Vintage: 2007
Score: 4.8 to 4.7
lots of licorice in the aroma and flavor, brown sugar sweetness, lots of ripe fruit, light bitterness detracts from the ripe fruit rather than balances it,

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 9/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 19/20
Rating: 4.7/5.0
Drinkability: 10/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: November 30, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: muddy dark brown, creamy beige head, heavy drippy lace
Aroma: sweet plum aroma, touch of chocolate, nice spicyness
Body: big fruity sweet body
Flavor: sweet dark plum and gram cracker flavor, touch of brown sugar sweetness
Overall: sweet and fruity, nice and spicy

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+ /4

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: December 22, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, lasting beige head, lots of lace
Aroma: big rich sweet spiced plum aroma, sweet licorice
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of fruity character, candied fruit with a liquor center, nice spicyness, figgy pudding in a glass, touch of licorice
Overall: much more richness and depth than the draft I had here a couple of weeks ago

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: January 10, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Vintage: 2008
Aroma: licorice is coming on strong in the aroma today
Flavor: licorice is also dominant in the flavor as well
Overall: a wide array of complex flavors that vary from one visit to the next

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.4/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: December 04, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: muddy dark brown, creamy beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet plum and licorice aroma, touch of chocolate, nice spicyness
Flavor: sweet dark plum and licorice flavor, lots of dark fruits, light spicyness, sweet caramel candy

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: December 30, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2010
Appearance: opaque dark brown, creamy tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: huge sweet and fruity aroma, candy sweetness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of dark fruits, pears and apricots, touch of plum, hint of spicy phenols
Overall: fruitcake (the good kind) in a glass

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 18/20
Rating: 4.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **** /4

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: November 30, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: Brick Store Pub
Vintage: 2012
Appearance: opaque dark brown, creamy tan head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, lots of dark fruits, caramel candy, fruit cake
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, sweet fruity esters, caramel candy, spicy, bready, rum soaked fruitcake

Name: Gouden Carolus Noel
Date: December 28, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: total wine
Vintage: 2012
rich fruity flavor, sweet esters, dark fruits, Christmas plum pudding, goes great with bourbon soaked fruitcake from monks in kentucky,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 10/10; Flavor: 9/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 19/20
Rating: 4.5/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: **** /4

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2007
One of the better Christmas ales that I have had in quite some time. Aroma of dark fruits and spice (plums, raisins, currants and nutmeg). A hint of sweet on the palate but not over powering. Thick rich and heavy, something to enjoy on a cold winters night.


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