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


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RATINGS: 1487   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. Itís 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 21, 2008
This is superb. Beautiful dark mahogany pour. Super complex spicy aroma. Flavor is rich, nutty and spicy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
liinis (1769) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 20, 2008
0.75 bottle. heavenly superbeer. syrup, liquorice roasty. some refreshing hops balancing the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 12, 2008
Tasted 12/05/2008. 330ml bottle from Rumbleís, Wellington. Pours a dark reddish amber, bright, with a diminishing light tan head. Sweet herbal medicine character on the nose up front, reminiscent of cough syrup - or Jagermeister! Sweet in the mouth, plum and dark sugar, and reasonably heavy, with a light carbonation, a minty herbal note, and little spot of pepper. Medium bitterness, slightly toasty, with a woody, spicy alcoholic finish. Some aniseed too. Warming. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2008
75cl bottle. Dark ruby brown with small fizzy beige head. Nose is aniseed, liquorice and syrupy, roasted malts. Syrupy, spicy flavor with liquorice, slight pineapple, aniseed and malts. Some hops in the finish. Medium to full bodied, smooth palate. In the end, quite simple and very easy drinking for itís strength. Itís good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2008
had at hardliver barleywine festival at brouwerís in fremont. one of the better selections there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2008
33cl bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry. Thanks! Deep chestnut pour unleashes a billowing fluffy beige froth. Aromas of mint and dark fruit(plum, black cherry) upfront followed by floral spiciness and yeast. The flavour profile is sweet candied dark fruit with Belgian candy sugars. Following that there is a nice licorice component with other spices and sweet roasted nuts. Quite creamy and easy to drink considering the weight. Quite good. Thanks for the bottle Harry!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lucke13 (91) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2008
Pours a dark brown with tan head that falls to a thin layer. Aroma is figs and anise. Has a medium-heavy body with a good level of carbonation. Taste is a mixture of anise and alcohol with a mild bitter aftertaste. This is a really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
smith4498 (3582) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2008
Pours dark copper with off white head. Aromas of bread dough, caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits. Flavors are same as aromas. Medium to full body with prickly carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and slight warmth of alcohol. An excellent brew from one of my favorite breweries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2008
[bottle] Pours dark brown with a healthy off white head. Aroma is cinnamopn, spices, and malt. Flavor is black licorice, brown sugar, and some alcohol burn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2008
i donít know how i havenít rated this beer before? Sweet and spicy in the aroma, with hints of mint and chocolate. Pours dark red, amber. Sweet malts upfront with anise, brown sugar and molasses. This brewery is excellent!

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