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

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RATINGS: 1492   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Courtesy of and split with my good pal Vin. Pours a deep mahogany, bloody plum red-amber with a massive, meringue, creamy beige head. The nose begins with a rush of raisins, soft, buttery dough, and sweet yeast, following through on soft, warm sugar cookies, plums, dark cherries, figs, slight oak, molasses, toffe, Belgian candied sugars and finishes with subtle notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and banana bread. The body is as huge, warm, round, and jolly as Ol Saint Nicholas himself. Heavy. warm, comforting, and as smooth and clean as the freshest winter snow. This is, perhaps, the best Christmas ale I have ever had the privilege and pleasure to sip and snjoy. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. Cheers.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerSherpa (10) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 17, 2011
My every new years beer. If I was going to make a crappy new years movie with a bunch of crappy actors that no one will remember next new years, and had to forget how crappy it was, Id drink a case of these.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
holdleder (352) - Kongerslev, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2014 75 cl. champagne-flaske. 10,5 %. En. Suvern god julel der passer perfekt til en juleaften. Strk smag af lakrids. Re-rated 30/12-14. Suvern lakridssmag

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
leghorn99 (254) - roma, ITALY - JAN 16, 2015
Osservazioni: Si presenta di color tonaca di frate, limpido; la schiuma color ocra, molto persistente, a trama fine, cremosa. Laroma pulito e molto complesso: al variare della temperatura nel bicchiere possiamo trovare zucchero a velo, canditi, spezie da lievito, glassa, banana matura, prugna, uvetta, ciliegia, mirtilli rossi. Un ottimo bouquet che crea grandi aspettative in bocca, dove arriva con un corpo da medio a pieno, carbonazione contenuta, consistenza oleosa. E morbida e gradevole, regalando subito note di toffee e frutta sotto spirito, datteri, prugne ed uvetta; limbocco molto dolce ma gi a met percorso emerge una nota amaricante di liquirizia a bilanciare; allaumentare della temperatura il livello di liquirizia cresce notevolmente, diventando un po il sapore dominante. Ha un finale abbastanza secco; il palato abbastanza pulito per assaporare un retrogusto caldo e morbido, abboccato, di frutta sotto spirito e liquirizia.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vicdelrio (1) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 18, 2015 does not count
Afrutada, agradable, sabor a regaliz y ans. Muy rica. La segunda mejor que hemos probado

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
erling1000 (672) - - NOV 6, 2016
A belgian, very dark brown, very strong X-mas ale with barley malt and wheat, and with very high, creamy head. Aroma is liqourice toffee, caramel, light malt, light prune? Taste is sweet and light bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
charmarita (66) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2016
Wow! Truly amazing beer. Aroma is of delicatey spiced gluhwein and appearance to match, deep burgundy. Pours from bottle with beautiful tall off-white foam head. Taste mildly sweet with no bitterness or saltiness. Palate soft and supple. Fantastic beer. I almost thought I was drinking a rich red wine at first. Highly recommend, not just for Christmas. Top notch drop.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Very rich, sweet Belgian. Pours dark walnut brown with thick head. Excellent strong ale!

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
yankeefan21 (135) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Bottle: Pours a deep black walnut with a nice tan head. One whiff of this beer and I just knew this was the brew for me. I was pulled in by the delicious aroma of sweet malts and fig with just an undercurrent of alcohol. My first sip? Angels are singing "Merry Christmas!" There is a medium sweet quality to a complex host of flavors. There is a little fig, there is a little sweet cherry, there is a little vanilla... Each sip reveals a new flavor and before I know it the bottle is gone! This has a medium body slightly creamy mouth feel with a smooth warming alcohol finish that is pleasing rather than overpowering. My God is this a great beer! Right in my wheel house. It went down so easy I hardly notice the 10% ABV - which means its probably a good thing I only had the 1 330ml bottle! This is as close to perfect as Ive ever rated a beer. Im going to buy out the store tomorrow!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Teran (317) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 14, 2016
Nice chestnut red colour, clear with good beige top. Tobacco, licorice, malt, candy brown sugar caramel, anise, etc. Very nice taste, superb aroma. Distinguished Christmas beer. Sugar is high, but for Christmas it must be.


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