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

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RATINGS: 1438   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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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2005
Bottle 33 cl. BB 09.08.09
Roses (first time Ive ever smelled that in a beer!), honey and oranges in aroma. Very nice and christmasy. First taste is very sweet, then the honey comes through. Upons swallow the alcohol content is quite powerful. A bit of caramel is present in the vineous aftertaste. A bit one dimensional after the initial impressive aroma. Leaves a sweet residue on your lips. Needs another year in the cellar. Good thing I have a few more bottles :-)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2006 First time: Aroma: honey, nectar, sourish, wonderful hops, caramel, flowers, sweet fruit (exotic, perhaps passion), mash, vinous. Bitter, sweet, warm, rich, yeast, sticky, yeasty. Second time: Smells of liquorice, aniseed, yeast, malt, rubber, ctrus, hops (bit fresh), fennel seed, cardamom. Sweet-bitter, rough, full, rich, malty.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (8489) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2005
A really powerfull christmas-brew. Dark beer, with a fine, big head. Spicy aroma. Strong flavor, malty and spicy. A bit sharp, unharmonic.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Pours a clear lighter brown color with a small amount of whitish head that quickly dissapates. Aroma is delicious and potent: sweet malts, plums, raisins, dates, and figs mixed with some spices but not overpoweringly so. I like the fact that it doesnt have that yeasty orangy smell/taste that many belgians do. Flavor is extremely sweet and malty with alcohol notes and a dry bitter finish. Overall, Id say a decent enough belgian, though a tad too sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (16590) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2007 Bottled, 75cl champagne cork. A brown beer with a nice tan head. Sweet malty aroma with fruits and some alcohol and christmas-spices. They come back in the flavor, with cardamom and notes of banana. A little too sweet perhaps. I had the beer once again on 061229 from both crown-capped 33cl bottle and 75cl champagne-corked bottle. The smaller bottle had been lagered for two years and had a more mature aroma and flavor, whereas the fresher beer had more cellar in both aroma and flavor. My rating stands untouched as the new rating gave the same total score. (051028)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (8757) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Bottle. Rich dark brown/amber with a nice beige head. Spicey aroma (Xmas spices) with a bit of plum/fig and malt. Smells like an xmas puds. Rich, fruity, spicy, malty flavor - again xmas puds though banana starts to come through to take away that association (a bit too much banana). Velvelty smooth mouthfeel. A bit of alacohol wamring comes though. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2005
2004 Bottle: Sample at WFM. Dark brown with a thin beige head and decent lacing. Lots of sweet malts and spices in the nose. The body is pretty chewy with more sweet malt, ginger and fruit flavors. The finish is flavorful, with more spices and a nice woody character. The alcohol is kept in check very well too, making for an enjoyable brew from start to finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18731) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2005
Amber color, nicve and lasting offwhite head. Aroma is fruity, some dried fruits, milky and with some spices. Soma raisins and figs. Flavor from sweet fruits, malty, strong with some alcohol. Malty, some brown sugar, peach and banana. A bit nutty and vinous. Malty finish with some strong notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (26389) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2005
Bottled. 2003-vintage : Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits and spices. Flavour of caramel, dried fruits and butterscotsch with roasted notes : 9-4-9-4-18. Tasted the 2005-edition afterwards : Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of anise, dried fruits and spices. Flavour of dried fruits, anise and spices : 8-4-8-4-16.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2005
Bottled. I had a tasting of 3 yeaars worth of this beer. 2003,2004, and 2005. This rating is of the 2005, which i liked best. the older beers was, well older, more mature, with a more rasin/plum like taste and aroma. Pours a deep reddish brown, with a big tan head. Aroma is sweet fruity, with some notes of alcohol and spices. Candy sugar and caramel is present too. Taste is of candy sugar, spices, fruity, and yeast. Long warming aftertaste.


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