Gouden Carolus Noel is a strong, dark Belgian Christmas Ale that is brought to us by the Het Anker Brewery in Mechelen, Belgium. I first tried this beer last year, and found that I really enjoyed the style!
If you’d like to check out last year’s Gouden Carolus Noel beer review, just follow that link. I don’t want to go into too much here, just a brief I guess.
While I’m typically not a big fan of high ABV beers, this Belgian, which checks in at 10.5% ABV is an exception. I like it. And the warmer this beer gets, the better.
The alcohol flavors do come through as might be expected, but they don’t overpower the dark fruit and spice flavors – but rather, I think, enhance them. The aroma is sweet, a bit of that alcohol, and to me rum cake. Mmmm. Very nice warming action as the spicy beer goes down – very nice and perfect for the season I think.
Again, from the Het Anker Website, this beer “is brewed at the end of August. Then it rests for several months to obtain a optimal balance in taste and flavours. Specific herbs are added in the different stages of the brewing process. Three different kinds of hops, and 6 different kind of herbs and spices make this Christmas beer a ‘special class’.”
Special class, indeed!
Personally, I still think I prefer the Delirium Noel, which is a similar beer, which is perhaps slightly sweeter and has less alcohol coming through in the flavor, (but just as strong!). Still, I’m glad I grabbed a bottle of the Gouden Carolus Noel for myself to enjoy, and will likely do so again next year!