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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%
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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4.8
dawgdick (5) - - DEC 10, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2017 The raisin and licorice flavor, and the slutty 10% ABV are perfect for celebrating the solstice. YULE LOVE IT.

4
goozen (4150) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2017
Bottle with cork 0,75ltr: Dark brown colored brew with an dry bitter taste, hints of caramel, dried fruit and nicely spiced up. Drunk it before but never rated it, so that wrongdoing is solved.

4
Blastomorpha (131) - - DEC 10, 2017
Pours very dark with ruby reflections. Head is white, thick but soft, really snow reminding.
Aroma is sweet, rich of orange peel and spices like ginger.
Taste is very, very sweet: tons of anise, spices but liquorice and currants also. A nice alcohol warming in the finish, but beware, there's really nothing to contrast the sweetness.
I like very sweet beers, but this one was too almost much even for me... naaah :)
Medium-low carbonation and full body, feels like a syrup or a melt spicy sweety.
Mandatory Christmas holidays beer!

3.9
Inoven (987) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2017
Flesje gedeeld door Tomhendriksen. Donkerbruin bier met mooi beige schuim. Aroma van salmiac en drop. Smaak is zoet en dropachtig met een licht bittere afdronk.

3.8
TomHendriksen (881) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2017
Fles gedeeld met Inoven, BartvG en JoepvW. Het is een donker bruin bier met weinig schuim. Het heeft een volle warme kruidige smaak.

4.3
cmacklin (1331) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2017
750ml caged and corked bottle. Pours a beautiful, clear, dark ruby red with a large, creamy, long lasting, tan head that leaves curtains of lace. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, dates, figs, raisins, plums, berries, anise, cinnamon, clove and brown sugar. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, plums, raisins, figs, dates, dark cherries, red grapes, chocolate, anise, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and brown sugar with a dry finish. Medium body with a creamy, smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Lots of complexity. A world class Belgian Strong Ale. Very enjoyable and the high ABV is well hidden.

3.8
Vighals (4492) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2017 Mahognifarget klar med lavt beige skum. Lukter banan, røde bær og anis. Middels fylde. Søt kandis, noe brent karamell, anis og frukter.

5
deepdrinker (315) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2017 Arrived in an christmas beers pack. The best of the lot . Complex full bodied with a long lasting aftertaste of spicy aromas

3.3
thejackpacker (675) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2017
Bottle. I am very unsure about this to be honest, it is deep and caramely. Something not perfect for me in there.

4.1
kingkubas (3) - - NOV 20, 2017 does not count
A very Nice beer with a distinct taste of liqorice and anis. 10,5% is my kinda beer. 8/8 Will buy again ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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