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


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RATINGS: 1510   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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. 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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Idiosynkrasie (8314) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2017
330ml bottle [Out of Santa Bartlebier’s bag, thank you very much!]. Clear chestnut colour with ruby glimmer and average, thick, creamy, mostly lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Herbal, spicy aroma, notes of liquorice and clove, a fruity touch of plum. Taste is sweet, herbal and spicy, notes of liquorice, clove, cinnamon, a touch of ginger and nutmeg; oily texture, smooth and soft, slightly sticky palate.

Hopmaestro (1853) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 27, 2017
Aroma is spicey with figs, prunes and yeast. Slight alco-sting. Taste is sweet dark fruits, marzipan, cloves, nutmeg. Low bitterness.

roldano (165) - - JAN 19, 2017
Espuma marrón claro que permanece, color marrón oscuro casi negro que no deja pasar mucho la luz donde apenas se aprecian burbujas brotar, aroma floral en nariz, sabor especiado y dulce con recuerdo a regaliz.

erickok (6036) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2017
Dark brown, creamy lasting small head. Dark spices like juniper berries, cloves and Jamaican piment, with herbal hoppy notes and toasted brown bread. Lots of alcohol but also satisfying, with bubbly but not heavy carbonation. Not so sweet as expected actually. Decent brew, extremely Belgian and quality is fine. Clean but not filtered to death. Decent brew. (On tap at the brewery restaurant)

GeorgePratt (82) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2017
Strong aromas of licorice. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Strong taste of licorice with a sweet finish. As a serial hater of licorice I did actually fairly enjoy this.

DrSteveBrule (53) - - JAN 9, 2017
It's a shame I have a bad cold. I could smell earlier in the evening but have apparently lost my sense of smell. 12 oz. bottle from Monastery Greetings/Belgian-Style Ales. Pours a dark brown with a good tan head. Aroma…can't tell. Taste…also can't tell much. The mouth feel is very satisfying and silky but also vinous and boozy down the gullet. I would definitely like to try this when I have all of my faculties. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

markschiedon (692) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2017 Drinking blind from a 33cl bottle . In the aroma mainly liquorice.The clear brown beer has a medium brown head. In the taste chocolate, liquorice and alcohol. Medium carbonated.

CaskMonger21 (6) - - JAN 6, 2017 does not count
Ottima birra, l’alcool c’è e si sente tutto (10,5%).. Al palato spicca subito la liquirizia che sembra poi evolvere in qualcos’altro.. L’aspettativa è un po’ delusa. Tutto sommato una delle migliori birre di Natale assaggiate.

Mishnok (465) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2017
From 330ml bottle. Pours black with eventually little head. Aroma is of fruit and taste is quite sweet. Reminds me of dandelion and burdock. Flavours do mask the alcohol strength, which is high. Some soft carbonation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

cglans (391) - - JAN 3, 2017
black color with a red tone. smell of liquorice and maybe saison yeast. nice light white/brown head. taste of liquorice, malt, maybe some chocolate. better than expected.

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