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


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RATINGS: 1498   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. 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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSteveBrule (51) - - JAN 9, 2017
It's a shame I have a bad cold. I could smell earlier in the evening but have apparently lost my sense of smell. 12 oz. bottle from Monastery Greetings/Belgian-Style Ales. Pours a dark brown with a good tan head. Aroma…can't tell. Taste…also can't tell much. The mouth feel is very satisfying and silky but also vinous and boozy down the gullet. I would definitely like to try this when I have all of my faculties. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markschiedon (679) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2017 Drinking blind from a 33cl bottle . In the aroma mainly liquorice.The clear brown beer has a medium brown head. In the taste chocolate, liquorice and alcohol. Medium carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaskMonger21 (6) - - JAN 6, 2017 does not count
Ottima birra, l’alcool c’è e si sente tutto (10,5%).. Al palato spicca subito la liquirizia che sembra poi evolvere in qualcos’altro.. L’aspettativa è un po’ delusa. Tutto sommato una delle migliori birre di Natale assaggiate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mishnok (270) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2017
From 330ml bottle. Pours black with eventually little head. Aroma is of fruit and taste is quite sweet. Reminds me of dandelion and burdock. Flavours do mask the alcohol strength, which is high. Some soft carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cglans (161) - - JAN 3, 2017
black color with a red tone. smell of liquorice and maybe saison yeast. nice light white/brown head. taste of liquorice, malt, maybe some chocolate. better than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hamirubi (584) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - JAN 3, 2017
75cl bottle at home (26 XII 2016), shared with friends. A yellow-ish, golden white collar tops a black mass with a firm dark brown gloom. This for sure is a good looking Christmas ale. The nose already has heavily sweet, cloying scents with different hints at Liegeois syrup, anise and a firm Iberian red wine, even gluhwein hint. All this is backed with a malt character. The mouthfeel keeps on being sugar-intensive, even - sweetish rather than sweet - artificial in this respect. The taste is full of that typical Belgian dark pear syrup, anise, old-fashioned cough pastilles, liquorice, Ochsenblut (ox blood). On the tongue there is a little roast, with hints of chestnut, even one or two raisins as well. All this is very subtle though. The whole however is not that complex. Thank God, the ending is well balanced: Not that sweet, not that heavily spiritful. This alcohol almost has a genever quality. This nature grants a spicy hops, almost coriander feeling to the Christmas brew. Quite a good - although with one or more artificial dashes - Belgian Christmas ale with strong Ricard anisette backbone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (1121) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle. Dark opaque reddish brown with a quickly fading light brown bubbly head. Aroma is of caramel, liquorice, dark fruits, raisins, plums, treacle. Taste is of liquorice, plums, raisins, treacle, ginger. Oily mouthfeel, soft to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jzi (314) - POLAND - DEC 28, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DerGantzel (410) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2016
Aroma of roasty malt, chocolate and fruits with hints of banana. Dark brown liquid with a white head. Medium-high sweetness and light-medium bitterness, nicely balanced. Average carbonation and full body. Long lasting taste. Definately recommandable. I like it a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AtronSeige (1512) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 28, 2016
Aroma: Medium malty, molasses, tobacco, licorice.No hops. Light alcohol. Appearance: Brilliant, dark brown body. Small, light-brown head, fine bubbles with low retention. Flavour: Medium malty, licorice, tobacco. Balancing bitterness, but no hops. Dry finish with lingering light licorice. Mouthfeel: Medium warming. Full bodied with medium carbonation, soft. Overall: Very nice sipping beer. Great maltiness, but missing some complexity from more basic beer flavours. 330 ml bottle, poured. 26D. Belgian Dark Strong Ale

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