Gouden Carolus Easter Beer - Brouwerij Het Anker
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Reviews by davidchollar:
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Turbulent bronze and extremely bubbly, with a nice dense head. Decent retention, a little lace but only in certain areas of the inside of my Duvel tulip. A very good-looking pale ale.
As others have pointed out in their reviews, this is definitely not a BSDA, although it is currently classified as one. It's also 10.5% ABV according to my bottle, which otherwise looks the same as the one in the picture.
Pretty intense smell. It's weird. Maybe it's just the fact that it's advertised as an Easter beer, but this really reminds me of Easter. Candy. Caramel green apple, jelly beans. Honey on toast. There's even a hint of chocolate biscuits, like Tim Tams. There's also a heavy dose of that good old Belgian yeasty goodness.
Velvety, full-bodied mouthfeel compliments a complex and delicious taste. The high ABV is not exactly hidden, but it doesn't take away from the flavor. I'm not sure if this is a BSPA or a tripel, but I know it's awesome. I had high expectations for this one because of their Christmas beer, and Gouden Carolus Easter Beer did not disappoint! Definitely try this if you get a chance!
Serving type: bottle
03-20-2008 15:10:07 | More by davidchollar
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4.23/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
On tap at the Trappe Door, Greenville SC. Served in a Tulip glass.
Appearance: Ruby red to tan brown dark ale, but bright and caught the light nicely. Initial thick white head upon pouring which died down to a thin skin across the top and plenty of persistent lacing. Great looking beer.
Smell: Rich toffee and caramel, along with some black cherry, some hints of yeast, and some spices.
Taste: Very rich and wonderful - lots of toffee, candi sugar, and caramel notes mixed in with plum, fruity esters, mild tart cherry, some spices I couldn't pull out, and a mild bitter finish. A sweet beer, but just what I was looking for as a dessert.
Mouthfeel: Thick and approaching creamy but also quite sticky as well. Light carbonation.
Overall / Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable. I easily could have had another but I would be hurting later if I did. Great by itself but I think it would have gone quite well with a meal. So many good things in this beer coming together nicely that add up to more than the sum of their parts. A special occasion beer for sure, and I think a great beer for that late spring holiday of Easter. I'll have to look for this beer in bottle form and save it for a special occasion. However, definitely a sweet and sugary beer. I could see if I was in the mood for something lighter this beer wouldn't cut it. This is a "last beer of the evening" ale - something you finish off the meal with or have when you expect to be going to bed soon. It's a beer for the finish, not the start or the middle. Makes sense to me anyway. After I've had this I want another, but I'm also done. Anything after this rich beer would clash badly I think.
Serving type: on-tap
05-08-2014 01:44:57 | More by damndirtyape
3.74/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pretty good beer. Has a nice sweet Belgian Ale scent and taste, and a nice dark color.
This beer feels a bit thin, but that is OK. Flavors of raisins, kind of typical for Belgian ales. This one is a bit less sweet than some Belgians I've had, but that is good because too much sweet is sometimes not desirable.
Picked it up because it was labeled Easter Beer, and it was Easter.
Serving type: growler
04-25-2014 04:31:50 | More by JulioH
Gouden Carolus Easter Beer from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.