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

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RATINGS: 1473   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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maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2010 75 cl bottle. BBE 10/11/08. A dark brown coloured beer which pours with tan bubbles but these don’t stick around long enough to be described as a head. The aroma is sticky plums and port like vinuous. some aniseed and some licquorice thrown in for good measure. A really big, welcoming aroma. The taste is big and fruity. Some more spices including a dash of cinnamon combine with the alcohol to produce a big Christmas warmer. The depth of flavours are maybe not as brash and as complex as I’d have liked, nor the body as big, but it’s still a good bevvy. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 4.2. Average becomes 4.0

3.8
tenghave (404) - Taastrup, DENMARK - APR 13, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2006 Orange-rød ufilreret belgisk øl købt i sverige. Øllens er en typisk belgisk klosterøl tilsat alle julens kryderier. Duften er meget krydret - mest tydelig er appelsin. Skummet er let brunt med store bobler. Smagen er varm, stærk og krydret. Øllen er ikke så tung - men stærk. Efter et år aftager kryderismagen en del, og øllen er aldeles rund.

4.2
Dedollewaitor (16174) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 5, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 One of the best kerst beers I have ever tasted. This one deserves all the hype! Brown with creamy white head. Very filling and has a complex variation of the regular christmas spices. Long lasting finish!

3.8
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle. Coriander strong sweet nut bread flavor. Beautiful full heady head on garnet brown body. Detecting brown sugar syrup. Lacking any real holiday character and not really that unique, but very drinkable and pleasant stuff.

3.8
The Etruscan (690) - Tuscany, ITALY - MAR 21, 2006
Large beige creamy full lasting head. Mahogany color. Aroma is fruity with raisins, dark fruits, banana, vanilla and light spicy notes. Flavor is fruity with banana, candy, raisins and chocolate tones, ending in a long sweet finish. Full bodied.

4.7
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2006
750ml (no idea what year) i would love to know because it seems like it has been perfected. pours nice head. the fruitiness goes well with the right amount of spice. A treasure of a find. a delicious beer

3.8
harrisoni (18801) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2006
33cl bottle from Dorstvlegel, Antwerp. I bought 3 Christmas beers from Belgium and this was my favourite. Dark brown/red with thin beige head. Dark malts and spice. Lots of spice in mouth. Lots of dry malt. Quite chewy in mouth. Its like liquid Soreen malt loaf, complete with raisins. Full, nice, got good most things about it.

3.1
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Pours dark brown w/ medium head. Full nectar w/ a sweet cherry smack on the nose. It’s a cherry bomb and it tastes like sweet cherry caughdrops. Leaves no room for anything else. Drink it cold as a dessert. Alcohol is well hidden. Jeeeez, I can still taste it. I keep hearing Warrant singing their famous song, "she’s my cherry pie....sweet cherry pie.."

3.8
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
On Tap at the Borough Arms, Crewe 20/05/2005 Mid to dark brown with spice and liquorice aromas. Some dryness and bitterness in a warming malt finish.

3.6
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2006
"Poured a nice brown color with okay head. Aroma was of carmel and spices, brown sugar. Flavor was spices dark fruits and carmel, not near as sweet as the aroma, still a little too sweet for me. Overall good beer"


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