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

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RATINGS: 1495   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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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (526) - Padova, ITALY - DEC 27, 2016
ASPETTO: marrone scuro, schiuma dorata, abbondante, fine e persistente. AROMA: decisamente speziata: arancia, frutta candita, sambuco, ribes. Poi anche caramello e fruttato. GUSTO: lo stesso che al naso, con un sentore di arancio molto evidente (forse un tantino troppo). Gusto pieno e avvolgente, e anche abbastanza fresco grazie alle spezie.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sjohnny (604) - - DEC 25, 2016
Fruit (plums, raisins), yeast, dough. Dark purple/brown with a thick foamy off white head. Long lasting with tons of lacing. Medium bodied. Sweet. Smooth. Fruity. Bready. Very nice. Clean sweet finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sankara (36) - Pisa, ITALY - DEC 25, 2016
Ottimo laspetto e la schiuma. Rispettivamente mogano carico e perlage fine e perfetto. Per quanto riguarda il gusto, capisco che possa piacere ma siamo ai margini del suo stile. Aromatica e forte, non passa inosserveta come gusto, anche troppo. Infatti lesplosione di sapore caratterizzata soprattutto da una forte componente di liquirizia, per i miei gusti fin troppo invadente. Carbonatazione, come tutte le strong belghe in bottiglia, elevata, fin troppo. Il limite di questa birra, secondo me, quello che, vista la fortissima e sbilanciata personalit, non abbinabile a praticamente nessun piatto.-------& looks and foam. Respectively load mahogany and fine and perfect. As for the taste, but I understand that he may please the edge of his style. Aromatic and strong, it does not pass inosserveta as taste, too. In fact, the explosion of flavor is mainly characterized by a strong component of licorice, for my taste too intrusive. Carbonation, like all Belgian strong in the bottle, high, too. The limit of this beer, in my opinion, is that, given the very strong and unbalanced personality, is not matched to virtually any dish. Alone tasting, provided you like licorice. Da sola degustazione, a patto che piaccia la liquirizia.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (3483) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2016
Pours a dark brown with a large frothy off white head. Aromas of raisins, pumpernickel, caramel, dpices, muscovado sugar. Taste is csramel sweetness with some raisins and quite a bit of anis seed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (572) - Osaka, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2016
2015 bottle. Dark mahogany pour, low beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, very plummy, Belgian yeast, malts, then licorice rises to the fore. The flavour too is mostly licorice, which grows a bit tiresome over a full bottle, however there are enough other underlying flavours to pick through - plum, fig, toffee, spice. Its easy drinking for the ABV, with alcohol warmth not burn. A good winter beer.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
AnG_BrgNor (673) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2016
Bottle. Brown/darkruby with short lasting foam. Aroma is sweet fruits, malts and spices. Taste is spices, plum, alcohol and medicine. I think the medicine (cough mixture) and alcohol is way to dominating in the taste. I belive this one is overrated...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
L_Lovecraft (539) - - DEC 24, 2016
Toffee, fruits like dates and plum, alcohol, spices, dark brown/reddish with a good tan head not very persistant, medium/full body, medium carbonation, taste is dominated by licorice...one of my favorite for christmas.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Myonlyvice (265) - DENMARK - DEC 24, 2016
Deep amber with a big long lasting head. Aroma: Liqourice, anise, malt drops, spice and caramel. Sweet taste. For me this was over the top christmassy.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Justin666 (169) - - DEC 24, 2016
If this doesnt get you into the Christmas spirit, nothing will :) The beer pours amber red with long lasting froth. The aroma suggests mostly licorice and fruit cake. Tastewise, a lovely mixture of licorice, chocolate, fruit cake, toffee, caramel, herbs and spices come together to give a wonderful tasting experience. Despite its high alcohol level, its easily drinkable and leaves a long lasting aftertaste. Brilliant!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Towey1989 (2438) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2016
Keg at Den Engel, Leek. A deep brown colour with a medium off white head. Aroma of liquorice, fruitcake, raisin, some dark chocolate, slight aniseed, a hint of orange peel, subtle herbs and lots of spice. Taste of liquorice, aniseed, fruitcake, raisin, some dark chocolate, slight herbs, a little cola, a hint of orange peel and again, lots of spice. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A slightly warming, spicy, liquorice finish. Really liquoricey and spicy! Full of complex herbal and spicy flavours and the alcohol is well hidden. Superb.


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