Gouden Carolus Noel

I thought I might continue my unplanned roundup of Belgian Christmas beers when I found a four pack of this at the Whole Foods in Clarendon. I had never tried this one before, but I was pleasantly surprised. One thing I will note is that while I’ve noticed in American craft beer, Christmas ales can be a lot of different things depending on what the brewer has decided to make of it, Belgian Christmas beers are often similar. They often are dark strong Belgian ales, not necessarily with any spices. However, while this one fundamentally falls into that category, it is slightly distinct. It has the familiar aroma and flavor of Belgian yeast and is strong, yet slightly fruity. The most distinguishing thing about it, though, is a distinct licorice flavor. There may also have been a light flavor of cinnamon and allspice. I like licorice, but it’s not something I look for in beer. Still, it made for an interesting flavor. it was not overpowering, but it was clearly distinguishable. I liked this one, but I wouldn’t say it was my favorite. I give it three out of five proper pints.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s