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

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RATINGS: 1473   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
fonefan (50669) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Very complex and sweet. Malts, candie sugar, liqourice, caramel and various spices.

3.4
yespr (47037) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2006
75 cL bottle. Pours deeply amber with creamy light brown head. Smell is dry and liquorice with spice elements. Taste is very dry with dominating liquorice notes, hops, malts, a bit of yeast and some caramel but with complete absence of sweetness. Alcohol is hidden deeply beneath. I miss the sweetness to give a perfect balance.

4.1
Ungstrup (38242) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2003
The aroma is sweet and fruity with notes of caramel, cloves, and dates. The color is dark brown and it has a beutiful though disappearing beige head. The flavor is very complex - malt sweet with notes of fruits, cloves and dates. A great Christmas brew.

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joergen (28949) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2005
Bottled. 2003-vintage : Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, dried fruits and spices. Flavour of caramel, dried fruits and butterscotsch with roasted notes : 9-4-9-4-18. Tasted the 2005-edition afterwards : Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of anise, dried fruits and spices. Flavour of dried fruits, anise and spices : 8-4-8-4-16.

3.9
anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy brownish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy dark fruit finish.

2.9
oh6gdx (26487) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 12, 2005
Tapped. Hazy brown colour, big foamy beige head. Strong caramel and licorace in aroma along with hints of alcohol. Stinging very sweet flavour of plum, fruit and alcohol.

3.7
Travlr (25749) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Dark reddish brown w/ thick white head. Chocolate/coffee aroma, strong alcohol taste, semi-sweet chocolate and malt.

3.2
cgarvieuk (25697) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2008
Tap at Kulminator .... Deep brown ... WOW what a load of spices ... Cloves ... cinamon .... rich blackcurrent ... and dandylion and burdoch. (2005 vintage i think) too spiced.

4.3
omhper (25542) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2002
Bottled. Dark amber. Intense and complex nose; esters, port, dried fruit and banana. Reasonably dry and malty with lightly bitter finish. An excellent ale full of character!

2.9
madmitch76 (25321) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
30th December 2007
Dark brown beer. Moderate carbonation. Sweet caramel and a trace of wheat beer like bibblegum. Lingering saccharin malty dry finish. Smooth.


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