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


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RATINGS: 1492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2006
On tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green. Tried this alongside Abbaye des Rocs Noel and was rather surprised to find I preferred the Gouden Carolus. Reddish copper colour. Packed with jammy fruit on the nose. Lots of berry fruit on the palate and plenty of rich, deep malt. Sweetish, but theres an acidity that balances that. Very smooth, silky mouthfeel. Rather fuller and more voluptuous than the AdR to my palate, but it avoids being too rich. Very impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2683) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2017 Hazy reddish brown, moderate sized tan head that lasts. Aroma of berry, spice, caramel, chocolate, yeast, brown sugar, spice. Medium to full body, alcohol hidden well, very drinkable. The writeup changed, the score didnt - this is nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Bottle. Has a mahagony color and pours with a foamy tan head. The aroma is bubblegum with caramel malt. Sweet and creamy caramel and roasted malt that makes a smooth and creamy beer. Llightly spice with a maple or brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12766) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 9, 2006
1 pint, 9.4 fl oz. Pours mahagony with a frothy tan medium-sized head and lined lacing, good head retention. Yeast (dough, bubblegum) and medium roasted malt (caramel, nutty) with faint perfumey hops and alcohol notes. Warm, spicy medium sweetness and medium acidity, medium to light bitterness, sugary, caramel, maple, bubblegum, port and alcohol. Full, warm bodied, medium fizzy, medium dry palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svesse (8287) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2006
(Bottled) Mahogany/dark amber in colour. Huge foamy head. Big, potent nose with caramel, dried fruit, liquorice and herbs (sweet cicely, rosemary, thyme?). Full, fiery flavor, with dried fruit (prunes), more herbs (caraway, aniseed?) and a well balanced hint of yeast. Sweet but not sticky. Complex stuff and a magnificent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrideOfFrankenkitty (44) - Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2006
The aroma is straight root beer. This has a deep black color until you hold it up to a light, and then a very deep ruby. The flavor is plum, faint citrus, very complex, with a hidden hint of banana. Its fizzy, olive oil, like hard liquor. And it left a tingly freshness in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Mahogany with red highlights and a large but quick tan head. Aromas are warm & coat the nostrils but are difficult to decipher. Fruity pine & fusels, some banana and brandy. High carbonation contributes to a fluffy mouthfeel carrying malts, spice and ginger. This is a complex and very celebratory beer, one that is perfect for the holidays.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2006
750, left by somebody at my nye party. aroma is tart and malty fruit, some coffee? dark reddish brown, low carbonation. heavy body, and flavor mirrors the aroma: tart, with tons of malt, and a good bit of acidity. hides the 10.5 quite well, but drinkability suffers at the hands of the body and acidity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JAN 18, 2006
cloudy dark amber w/ a brown head. sweet fruity aroma w/ hint of some spice, the flavor is dominated by alcohol and fruits. full bodied and warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4733) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2006
Bottle. Blackish beer with a red hue, the head is smooth and quite whispy. The aroma is sweet, spiced and mulled fruit in nature. The flavour is strong, liquor like with a load of spice, sweetness and appley fruits. Overall a pretty good comforting beer.

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