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

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RATINGS: 1488   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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4.7
Braudog (6852) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Shared at Coastal Wine Connection’s monthly tasting. Whiskey-colored. Big sugary aroma that almost scared me off. And while that explosive alcoholy-ness floats onto the palate before you actually drink, the actual flavors are surprisingly smooth and evenly malty. Outstanding.

4.1
PhillyBeer2112 (2903) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2006
This was beautiful, just a stunner! Poured a reddish brown with a full head. Featured a big phenolic bubble gum nose with hints of caramel floating about. The flavor was quite similar, not dominated by bubblegum, but punctuated with it, as it was all cut by a lively carbonation and tingle of alcohol. There was also a hint at fruitiness, perhaps apricot and rum raisin. Finished easy. Semi-sweet.

3.8
jonno (2981) - JAPAN - DEC 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 poured from a 750ml bottle in to a westmalle then hoegaarden grand cru glss. It survived better in the tulip, with a a dark tan head, A strong scent of sweet herb and alcohol. A strong alcoholic presence on the tongue with a lingering spice taste on the end. Enjoyable

3.4
Gr0ve (2176) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2006
330 ml bottle. Dark brown colour. Slightly hazy from yeast residue. Strong banana and alcohol aroma. The aroma is very strong and distinct almost so that you’d think that they had fermented this thing way too hot. Anyway, the nose is complex from malts and caramel, but those all cannot quite compete with the banana. Warm sensations when the beer enters the mouth. Rich maltiness and clearly high in alcohol. Just a little raisins and nuts. Little detectable hop bitterness, but there is a little hops, but just so that it balances out some of the sweetness.

3.6
kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2006
On tap at the maproom. Served up dark brown with a creamy head that clung to the glass. Ruby red against the light. Fairly sweet aroma somewhat subdued by the smoky atmosphere. I tasteed a lot of anise in this bad boy. I don’t normally like anise but it was not too unnerving here wehere it balanced well with the strong sweet body and slightly bitter finish. Smooth and rich, with only a little alcohol preseence. Solid.

4
thornecb (6095) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Pours deep amber into a trappist glass. Tan micro head quickly subsides with no lacing. Strong alcohol and spice aromas. Sticky rum caramel with lasting alcohol burn. Festive.

4.2
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Poured a nice dark copper color with hints of ruby and a thin white head. Aroma of cinnamon, coriander, and a hint of pit fruit. Palate is exceptional. Silky, but not thick. Taste has a sweet start and smooth finish. The Belgian yeast notes and spices complement each other nicely. This brewery doesn’t get talked about as much as some others, but they put out some great brews.

4.1
OleR (4849) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber color with a slight haze. Nice tan head. A wide range of pleasant aromas; Dried dark fruits, cream-caramel, dark rum, red berries, spices... Taste is rich and complex as well, sweetish malts dominates with lots of fruits and spices and warming alcohol with a vineous (port) touch. Full body. An excellent Christmas seasonal.

4.1
mboland67 (1) - USA - DEC 3, 2006 does not count
A great seasonal brew. Lots of things going on. Has sort of slight taste of bubble gum and spice. I’ve been told to lay one of these down for a year as they only develop and get better. We will see!

4.2
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Medium, fluffy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of alcohol, sweet fruit. Clear with an amber hue. Average carbonation, medium body. Taste yeast, fruit, sweetness, alcohol. Finishes smooth and sweet which is very impressive for such a high alcohol content ale. Good stuff!


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