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

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RATINGS: 1478   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
petibear (52) - - DEC 16, 2012
nice foam, orange/brown, caramelly tast, oily texture, sweet taste with a bit of licorice, nice caramelly aftertaste delightful


5
Jonnyr () - Norrtälje, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2017
In the topp chocolate, cereal, hay, coffee, bread, coffee, licorice, caramel, brown,

3.4
daje (4535) - NORWAY - NOV 6, 2017
Bottle, november 20th 2016. Black body with a minimal head. Aroma is fruity and vineous, spicy yeast. Taste is malty with yeast esters, dark frui tones, wood, warm feel, with a sweet syrup and raisin finish. Boozy feel to it, still a pleasant winter seasona beer.

3.5
sebsky (297) - ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2017
330 ml bottle,bb 30/08/2020. Deep ruby,clear. Head quickly reduced to thin ring. Nose - soap/washing liquid (always clean my glasses with water only) and after some time - cumin,aniseed,dried fruit,figs,dates,hints of alcohol. Taste - sweet,minimal bitterness,raisins,liquorice. Disappointment.

3.9
FrankZappa7 (554) - GERMANY - OCT 23, 2017
2017-10-23 / 0,33 L Flasche bb 22-9-18 Dunkelbraun, beige Krone. Aroma: Malzbonbon mit Kräutern. Antrunk Malz, Sternanis, Süßholz, leicht Lakritz. Klasse!

4
ForlornHope (536) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2017
Bottle at home. Best before end 2016 but who cares. Deep red-brown with a tight tan head. Lovely aroma of figs, dates, plum jam and scalded sugar. Sweet start with a gentle bitterness to balance. Sweet sappy malt with red fruit and raisin flavours with a hint of marzipan. Long, warming finish. Hides the booze well for such a strong beer. Very nice.

4.7
tdiers (1) - Fruita, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2017 does not count
My favorite Belgian Christmas Beer. It has a very complex mixture of various flavors dough, herbs, caramel, bread, chocolate, coffee, roasty, raisin, licorice, alcohol, clove. It’s alcohol content of 10.5 sneaks up on you. I goes down smooth like a lower red, brown, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,

3.9
Lager43 (51) - Watertown, Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2017
Favorite Christmas Ale for many years . Ages beautifully too. My favorite Christmas beer from Belgium. Have aged bottles for years and it just gets better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
nybol (2346) - DENMARK - JUL 12, 2017
Kompleks med masser af krydderier i aroma. Der er ikke så kulsyre, som jeg forventer fra en belgisk Strong. En god mængde af lakrids, en øl der rigtig varmer.

4.3
Almogabar (76) - MARIA DE HUERVA (ZARAGOZA), SPAIN - JUN 23, 2017
Botella de 33 cl adquirida en Liquidos. Color marrón oscuro. Espuma blanca, mancha el vaso, persistente. Aromas a frutos rojos, uva madura, especias y clavo. Sabor a maltas tostadas, regaliz negro muy marcado, pasas, café. Se notan los más de 10 grados de alcohol, pero no desentonan en mi opinión.

2.2
martythesmarty (407) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2017
Bottle. Pours brown with almost no head. Salmiak aroma. Taste of licorice. Not good.


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