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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1481   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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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oberabcbbsok (691) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 3, 2007
Tastet it as well from draft as well from bottle. Very spicy beer. You already smell it. A very special tast, you will find also in the Brown Easter Bear. Also very strong and you feel it after drinking large bottle. A must for beer lovers

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle saying "Christmas Ale", from 2006. Amaazing brew indeed. Pours a dark hazy brown colour. Ha sa beaut of a brownish head though it doesnt last for long. The aroma is bustling with sweet caramel malt, fruits (raisins and figs), nuts and spices, which also are to be found profoundly in the flavour. Great mouthfeel with a nice tickeling touch of the alc. on the tongue. I drank several of these with an old brewer from Carlsberg, who said it was one the best beers he had tred in 40 years!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4921) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 21, 2007
Bottle. Small tan creamy, fizzy head that was mostly lasting, fair amount of lacing, transparent, visible carbonation, and a ruby hue with brown highlights. Nose was malty, hints of chocolate and caramel, alcohol was noticeable, light floral notes, and dark fruit. Flavor was vinuous, malty, darkfruit, and some chocolate. Mouthfeel was tingly with a slight burning, warming sensation. Medium body. Wish this one would have come my way during the winter as it would have been a very nice brew to sip on on a cold, snowy night. Oh well. Definitely worthy of a try if you get chance.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2007
Ruby red in color with small off white head. Sweets, fruits, nutmeg, and licorice in aroma and taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - APR 18, 2007
The 750ml bottle poured a clear, deep ruby red beverage with a small creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting and left great lacing on the glass. The aroma was wonderful, displaying notes of banana, peach, cotton candy, licorice, coriander and caramel. The body was medium-full with soft carbonation and a silky, smooth texture. The flavor starts out moderately sweet staying that way throughout the medium-long finish. There is also a nice alcohol warmth at the end.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nearbeer (5085) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 10, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009 750 ml. Pours dark brown, ruby red when held to light. Head is light brown and small-medium. Aroma is slightly spicy toffee. Flavor is toffee-caramel with some alcohol warmth, turning to a dryer date-raisin-fig. Palate is creamy smooth with a nice dry prickly alcohol finish. A spiciness that subtly hints at coriander, ginger, and bitter orange peel. Excellent winter holiday warmer, even though I sampled in April!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1455) - Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2007
750ml bottle, 10% alc. listed on label, pours a a dark brown ruby with a off-white head, nice lacing, spice, caramel and dark malt aromas, sweet & apple cider fragrances, faint alcohol in the background, light fruit scent, dark malt and caramel flavors with a citrus in the mouth, small bite in the finish, faint alcohol taste that was unveiled as it warmed, not overwhelming at all just in the background, this is a Winter Warmer drink, medium mouth feel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (3293) - montral, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2007
Cloudy dark mahogany hue, with some reddish highlights, a tan-colored head, but falling quickly, and leaving laces, yeasty, fruity nose of candied orange peel, toasted malt, spicy nutmeg, sweet dark dried fruit of raisins, dates, plums, brown sugar, hint of chocolate in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet yeasty, curaao fruity character, with a candied lemon peel fruitiness, spicy notes of nutmeg, anise, faint licorice, with a subtle Grand Marnier liquor alcoholic warmth mouthfeel, toasted and chocolate malt flavors, leading towards a malty, spicy anise, alcoholic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2007
750 mL bottle. Pours opaquely cloudy rusty brown with tight tan head. The aroma is tremendously malty, rum, chocolate, caramel, just a hint of bubblegum, fruity sweetness. The flavor is initially a sweet, yeasty muffin type taste, then rum soaked raisins. Some orange comes out toward the finish. The aftertaste is sweet and slightly woody. Honestly, the flavor isnt as rich as the aroma. But its still quite tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2007
Bottle. Pours brown/copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma of banana, bubblegum, cloves and some other pungent spices. Nice aroma. Taste is sweet, some molasses, caramel, spices and dark fruit. Plums come to mind, especially in the finish. Silky mouthfeel, alcohol is well hidden for 10.5%. Good brew.


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