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

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RATINGS: 1499   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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4.1
fonefan (48622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Very complex and sweet. Malts, candie sugar, liqourice, caramel and various spices.

4.2
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Huge brew, immense in flavour and aroma. Sweet and intense. This is really good, wish it was available in Sweden

3.7
KnutAlbert (6754) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2006
Burned sugar, candy, warming full malt. Smooth, bitterness in the finish. The alcohol strength is evident, and almost masks a fine flavour of dried fruit.

4.5
Marko (5596) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 9, 2006
0.33l bottle (for Mexican market (!!)) at the Hopdevil in Zagreb
Scant traces of a tan head on a beautiful dark red body. Lovely nose; spicey, berries, malt, orange peel, a touch of alcohol. The taste is very nice too. A tad earthy. Grapes, caramel, a faint touch of bubblegum, hints of mint, apricot flavoured candy. Yum. Faint malty/bitterish aftertaste. Damn smooth and a great beer.

4.1
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2006
Bottled. Very dark brown coloured with a medium sized tan head. Very complex and sweet. Malts, candied sugar, liqourice, caramel and various spices.

4
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2006
A great beer. It had cinammon aftertones. Medium, cloudy body. Very unique and sweet.

1.5
dwyerpg (6055) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
no. 52. And the second real disappointment of the party for me. The aroma was very gross, like sour milk. An untasty, icky beer.

4.1
nickwusz (1) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2006 does not count
on tap at Concordia Ale House in Portland, OR. very nice palate, sweet, tasty.

3.7
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
Draught at "Den Tatoverede Enke" Clear dark red/brown - white head. A lot of licorice, high hopped, red berries, sharp hoppy, very nice.

3.9
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2006
P fad 2006, Den tatoverede enke. Klar mahognifarve med lyst skum. Dufter af kirsebr, heksehyl og lidt skolekridt men ogs julekrydderier. Smager af de samme ting. Er dejlig og ikke s tung som frygtet.


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