Gouden Carolus Easter Beer - Brouwerij Het Anker
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4/5 rDev -1.5%
A beer made for the greatest day of mankind.Poured into a chalice more of a russet color,it's not golden like the bottle says,not even close,a well formed tannish colored head atop.Fruit cake and clove spice really stand out in the nose,its very cakey and very spiced.Flavors of fig and some raisin,the spiced notes come in the finish with some clove and allspice,the allspice gives off a little peppery shot.I am not drinking this with Easter dinner,I think savory food wouldnt go so well with such a spiced beer,drinking alone it is almost a meal itself in a glass.Not something I normally would seek out but for this awesome day I did and enjoyed it.
04-24-2011 20:49:11 | More by oberon
3.13/5 rDev -22.9%
750ml bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber brown with a big fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is earthy yeast, some sweet malts and some alcohol with some bubblegum and cola.
The flavor is sweet sugary (molasses) malts and dark fruits that just pop out initially. There's an earthiness from the yeast and some banana and clove notes. The finish has medium dry bitterness with a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall, an OK Belgian. The flavors didn't work for me, and the alcohol and sweetness was a bit over the top.
04-17-2011 04:46:55 | More by Beaver13
3.23/5 rDev -20.4%
750 ml bottle, corked and caged, with 310107(best by date) stamped on the label. Easter scene, with three colored eggs and a bunny on the label. Label is bilingual, Flemish and French, and recites that Belgian hops are used, and a blurb about the brewery's history.
Appearance: Pours into a St Bernardus goblet a slightly hazed, ruby orange body that clears up over the course of an hour and displays some glowing mahogany hues. Khaki head is small, quickly falling to a cap and collar. Smooth sheets of lace decorate the goblet.
Aroma: Banana, clove, and licorice are up front. My girlfriend said this smells like a banana split, but I digress. Figs and prunes lend some dried dark fruit notes, and some freshly cracked black peppercorns add a rough spicy edge. Dry sherry like phenols are also prominent.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body has soft carbonation and some alcohol burn.
Taste: Opens with spicy anise and clove, atop some scorched caramel malts. Alcohol is more hot than warming, giving this a rough edge. Hop bitterness is assertive, in an earthy and herbal nature. Very little yeast character is noted, seemingly obscured by the high ethanol. Hefty notes of dry sherry emerge as it warms, with some cherry cough syrup phenols. Star anise notes are heavy handed here, and at times this was like nibbling on a licorice stick that had been soaked in vodka. Finish had a long and lingering anisette aftertaste that required a couple of IPAs to eliminate.
Drinkability: I enjoy a subtle hint of anise in a big stout or strong dark ale, but it's really a distraction here. Alcohol is a bit rough and hot, as well. No doubt, this is well crafted and complex, and the flavor does have some banana and orangepeel notes, but I simply didn't care much for this one. If you like anise and hot ethanol, you will like this. It reminds me a bit of the Greek liqueur, Ouzo.
10-14-2005 10:53:35 | More by merlin48
4.22/5 rDev +3.9%
Happy to find this nugget on draft at Holy Smokes in Mahopac, NY
Pours darker brown and murky, creamy, darker tan head, leaving all shapes of fine lace on the glass.
Sweet candy and malt infused nose.
Nice beefy malty base, toffee, candied fruits, vanilla, honey all picked up and savored.
Finish is slightly less flovorful, Enjoyable and dangerously easy drinking. Alcohol notes hidden, but jolt from this beer is not. well done, more quality brew from GC
04-17-2011 14:37:20 | More by Billolick
4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
750 mL brown bottle with cork and cage. Served cool into my St. Bernardus glass. Label says 9% ABV as opposed to the 10% listed here.
Aroma is impressive right from the start but I'll get back to that.
Easter Beer is a dark redish brown Belgian ale. It has good clarity and creamy head. Not very good retention but pretty lacing.
Back to that aroma - it's immediately evident as the cork pops - a big burst of fresh banana with a milder but still wonderful sweet spicy chacter. Together it's almost like a banana bread got together with a coffee cake. Both would be nice on a sunny Easter morning.
Flavor is unusual too but very impressive. It has great depth with mild tropical fruit (that banana is strong here too) but also some rye bread, warming spices, and black licorice.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. It's not too much of the latter like many Belgians seem to me. A nice balance of flavors and the alcohol is not too strong.
Overall it's very tasty. Just as the wise (beyond his years) young man told me at the store, it's basically a blend between dubbel and quad. Not a bad thing in my opinion. Still not sure why it's an Easter beer...
04-28-2010 01:58:26 | More by GilGarp
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
From the 2010 notebook....
Dark Syrupy sweet. Dark malt with a slight sour tang in the back of the throat. Dried fruits. Fennel or black licorice fills not just the nose but all of the sinus cavities. Alcohol warmth. Heavy in the stomach, not really filling, just a heavy feeling.
This beer gives the impression that it has been brewed just like this for a very long time.
08-13-2010 05:17:30 | More by beerbrains
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Bomber just released at abbot on the Hill. Bubble gum yeast nose, pleasing though on intentionally sweet side. Rising carbonation bubbles on dirty blonde body with elaborate lace scultuled glass. Full mouth yeast with fruitiness. Above average carbonation and still very drinkable to the end, with a friend.
03-24-2008 22:25:19 | More by Sammy
4.35/5 rDev +7.1%
A - Pours brown with a distinct maroon tint. Settles with little if any foam. Lacing is minimal. Slight carbonation.
S - Strong smell of bubblegum (first time I really smelled that as potent in an beer). Semll of licorice, candy, and cherry cordial.
T - Taste is an intense blend of sugary fruit and spice. Very strong flavor of yeast. This is a robust beer with many layers of complexity.
M - Heavy belgian beer that will dominate any food, so it is best as a sipper.
O - Great beer that in the right occasion will stand out. Not sure of the connection to Easter, but I'd have this any time of the year.
09-11-2012 00:11:13 | More by socon67
4.4/5 rDev +8.4%
Pours a deep rich brown with a huge off white head. The beer is not the darkest thing in the world, but you can just tell it's rich. The head is comprised of small bubbles with good staying power. As the head dissipates, it leaves its tracks all over the glass.
Dark, ripe fruits fill the nose. In addition, it's got a spicy scent, notably pepper. Has a slight bit of port wine in it as well.
The taste is what you're thinking after seeing and smelling it. The dark fruits are there, as well as the peppery spice. Also noticeable is a faint alcohol taste in the finish.
For as strong as the beer is (9% ABV), it's got a soft mouthfeel. Sure, there is some carbonation and some spice, but for the type it's pretty gentle. Also, there is some complexity as it starts off sweet, moves onto spicy heat, then finishes with a bit of dry heat.
This isn't a sissy beer, but it's pretty easy to drink, despite its high ABV. Nonetheless, there is a smoothness to it that the Belgians have mastered. Really a top notch beer.
05-28-2011 03:34:06 | More by RickS95
4/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours a deep deep amber, close to brown. Very good clarity for a big Belgian brew. Sizable crystal like off white head. Very subtle nose, touches of dark fruit, some phenolic presence. Some bubble gum.
Flavor is a lot bigger than the nose. Big sweetness but incredibly clean finish. Sweet dark fruits up front. Touch of sweet bubble gum. Rides into some very spicy clove flavors. Some phenols. All do a good job of balancing. Alcohol presence is slightly noticeable but adds to the balance. Very good and inedible rare, i'm glad I got a case.
04-09-2012 03:32:09 | More by jtierney89
4.1/5 rDev +1%
A: Burgundy with backlighting shows a quick paced medium dense effervesce. A spongy, khaki colored head sits atop with some resilience. Good amount of lace coverage.
S: The aroma is sweet of cola and candy apple. The cola is really dominate and what really stands out to me with some accents of apple, sugar plums, banana, and a light mention of clove.
T: The flavor is spicy alcohol and fruit, plums showing sugary and tart notes with some sweet licorice and black jelly beans. Warm apple, sweet caramel instances and a warm boozy touch of dark fruit sweetness.
M: The body is light with a decent amount of carbonation. Spicy dark fruit alcohol leave on the tongue.
O: Overall a spicy dark fruit beer with a beautiful warming of alcohol delivers on that easter feel. Solid flavor, clean and easy to consume. Limited to 2000 cases yearly. An easter treat indeed.
05-20-2012 19:22:04 | More by beerthulhu
4.33/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours very dark brown with a fading head.
Nose shows chocolate, caramel, burnt figs, spicy Belgian notes, rum and raisin.
Flavours are very similar at first with more chocolate and raisins before falling flat in a weaker finish with a bit of booze.
Needs more carbonation.
04-04-2013 05:35:55 | More by CrazyDavros
3.43/5 rDev -15.5%
Review from notes.
A - Transparent golden amber body, with nice head retention.
S - Very floral, bubblegum, sweet and phenolic aroma.
T - Pretty sweet, dried wildflowers, cotton candy, drying alcohol.
M - Phenolic fumes, dry, with an effervescent feel.
D - Too alcoholic, definitely one to share, i'll pass on this one.
Thanks EehaiCJ for sharing this!
09-21-2008 20:24:34 | More by emerge077
3.9/5 rDev -3.9%
Served in a tulip at Pizzeria Paradison in Dupont Circle, DC
An inch of creamy head with good retention
Dense, almosts opaque amber brown
Faint smell of raisins
Taste was full, raisins, plums, brown sugar with some herbal notes; complex and interesting but perhaps a bit too sweet compared to others of this style
Good mouthfeel, almost thick
Very drinkable, no hint of the ABV
05-25-2010 22:14:21 | More by jfmorey
Gouden Carolus Easter Beer from Brouwerij Het Anker
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