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Gouden Carolus Easter Beer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Reviews: 111
Hads: 219
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: paterlodie on 04-29-2005

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Photo of cMonkey
2.32/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured a lighter brown with minimal head.

Smell: Aromas of sweet banana and fruits like pineapple or citrus.

Taste: Overly sweet, fruity, banana, licorice. No spice like a Christmas Ale. Alcohol noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Great feel, but was drinking it faster due to flavor.

Drinkability: Not a drinkable beer to me. I see others enjoyed it, but it was way too sweet and fruity for me.

Serving type: bottle (420 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
2.8/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a darker brown body, dark purple hue. Smells full of dark fruit and licorice, but it doesn't prepare me for what comes on the palate, which is full of anise. I'm really not an anise fan at all, in fact it's one of the flavours I dislike most overall, so as you can imagine I did not enjoy this one at all. Mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied, lower carbonation, and again full of anise. Overall, I don't like this because of the anise. If you like it, tread carefully. If you don't like it, don't bother. (506 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Normally I miss this guy when he comes around every Spring, so I was more than happy to see my local store still had one of this year's still hangin' around. It pours a murky garnet-sienna topped by a finger of off-dirty ash foam. The nose comprises black licorice, toffee, brown sugar, and Belgian candi sugar. The licorice dominates everything else, making it hard to pick out most of the other scents. The taste is similarly constituted, with a domineering licorice flavor strangling everything else out. Some mild cocoa notes can be found in the mix as well, but they're similarly faint compared with the licorice. Honestly, I winced with every sip... The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a surprisingly one-sided brew, which unfortunately was a bad side. Way the hell too much licorice for this to ever be any good. (915 characters)

Photo of JDV
2.94/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at tasting courtesy of Dewbrewer. Thanks!
Pours medium light golden with a big lasting white head. Very Duvel like in appearance. Smell is dusty, light sweetness in a somewhat floral and honey way and cobwebby. Taste is honey sweetness, but not cloying for me, subtle, delicate floral flavors as well with a noticeble light spiced characteristic that is hard to place. Unique and nicely drinkable. (412 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.96/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gouden Carolus Easter beer

Pours a bright amber color, off white head and little lace.

Smell: anise, Belgian yeast, caramel, spices, and alcohol.

Taste: strong aniseed, with a minty menthol kick, Belgian yeast, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, raisin. Touch of alcohol, and lots of flavor, making for a somewhat complex sipper.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, well carbonated, anise in the finish.

Overall: a decent offering from gouden Carolus, like their other holiday beers, heavy on the anise, but still nice and hides the strength for the most part. (559 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.14/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (595 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle purchased for 2.50 Euro at Delhaize in Verviers, Belgium. Labeled with an easter scene with bunnies and eggs and such. Best before 010107.

Appearance: Dark brown to black with very pretty much no light showing through. This beer has a thick and fluffy tan head on top. The head is not terribly creamy looking otherwise it would resemable a porter or a milk stout in color and proportions.

Smell: Anise (black licorice), pepper, sweet malts, brown sugar, cloves.

Taste: Malty with flavors of sage and more anise. It's lightly creamy in the middle with a crisp finish. Notes of rye, orange peel, spice cake, and a touch of smoke. This beer is alive with lots of flavors, they're just not my kind of flavor. I tend to hate anise flavored things, so that kills it for me.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, smooth, creamy.

Drinkability: This beer is good but it really is not my kind of flavor. The anise flavor is a bit strong and off-putting to me. This beer is also tremendously swee considering the other strong flavors. I thought I found a gem hiding in Delhaize, but it turned out to be a dud. (1,108 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,879 characters)

Photo of Braz
3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Interesting beer. Has the feel of an almost beer mouthwash. Anise and licorice flavors prominent to me. Hints of cola with a clean cleansing aftertaste, not mint though, hard to pinpoint. Moderate sweetness. This was enjoyable but not great. (241 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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! (363 characters)

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap into goblet at Cheeky Monk downtown Denver
A – 1 finger tan small bubbles head faded to a thin layer, a dark amber & burgundy, clear… but too dark to really tell 3.5
S – Sweet toasted malts, slighty fruity, yeasty 3.5
T – Full bodied malt from the start, slightly spicy, sublime bitterness through the taste, a slightly char flavor 3.5
M – Full body & flavor with a thin mouthfeel, expected a more creamy/syrup mouth feel 3
O – Not the easiest drinking beer, alcohol becomes apparent as it warms, I’ll pass on a second to try something new 3.5 (564 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Poured a dark amber with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits. Plums, raisins, and figs. Hints of spices and yeast.

t - Also tastes of sweet dark fruits. Also some malts, spice, and hints of apples.

m - Medium body with high carbonation. Carbonation stings the tongue.

d - Pretty good dark ale. Nice spices, yeast, and dark fruits evident in the smell and taste. High carbonation hurts it a little bit. Would have again. (493 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

RB

Surprised I haven't reviewed this one yet... Picked this up at Brewer's Haven on Vista a couple weeks ago... Pours a fairly standard dark amber.. perhaps a little hazed.. 1" off white head has great retention and lacing.

Nose is weird.. tons of anise... lesser clove and some dark plum.. "Belgian", yes but more "spiced" than Continental.

Flavor has the same elements but with a little more dark sweet plum up front that actually helps magnify the anise/licorice notes...

Body and carbonation are fine for a BSDA... I am just not digging the heavy licorice component.. I don't remember the anise being so pronounced, but I haven't had this one in years either... Oh well.. I doubt I will buy this again just based on my personal prejudices.

3.75/3.5/3.5/3.75/3.5 (771 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml C&C bottle served in a Funkwerks snifter. Consumed on Easter Sunday. A gift from my fiancee's mother.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color with a light khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves sticky sheets of lace down the glass.

S: Rum raisins and some brown sugar. Wet oak with boozy dark fruit. Pretty sweet malt bill as well, slightly bready.

T: Pale cracker malts. Pretty sweet with some brown sugar. Dark fruits, figs and raisins, with some spicy Belgian fruitiness. Wet oak as well.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet and spiced finish.

O: Nicely made Dark Ale. Not my favorite style, however, and I probably wouldn't revisit if I was given the opportunity. (724 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip. Appearance was a beautiful mahogany-brown with plum colored highlights around the the bowl. Head was a creamy, quarter-inch, off-white cap. Nose was slightly vinous, with impressions of figs and currants. Taste consistent with nose; however, an herbal/minty quality comes out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel was medium-light with a pleasant, even carbonation level. Interesting Belgian Strong Dark, with a very well-hidden abv at 10%. Unfortunately, not my favorite offering from this brewer. The herbal flavor was a bit of a put off for me. (561 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A quite dark orange color, slightly hazy. Awhite, abundant, compact and lacing foam, a bit too quick to fall down.
Smell of bread crust, fresh floral notes. White flowers, citrus fruit.
Maybe a hint of white pepper. Anyway, very fresh.
Fresh at the taste, too, pleasant. Again bread crust.
10ABV, but well hidden. Maybe just a bit on the aftertaste.
Good beer, inviting, fresh, springlike. (389 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Reddish brown color with off white head

Smell - caramel, menthol, mint, molasses

Taste - caramel, molasses, fig, raisin, menthol, mint, black licorice

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront, minty menthol in the back end

Overall - decent beverage. If I didn't know any better, I would say that this is the same beer as the Gouden Carolus Noel

Price Point - $10.50/ 25.4 oz bottle (424 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber to light brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, spice and caramel, yet both are quite faint. In the taste, caramel, toffee, and cinnamon like spice. A spicy bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with and a semi dry caramel like aftertaste. A nice spice and a nice caramel presence, quite nice with Easter dinner. (340 characters)

Photo of bilyboy65
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from a 25.4 fl oz bottle into a pilsner glass. This beer was also aged for 1.5 years.

A: There was so much carbonation or alcohol bubbles visible that it was very hard to tell the color. From what I gathered it was a yellow-orange color that poured a very bubbly head. The head had good retention, but left lacing on the glass. There was also very little film left on the glass.

S: The smell was very sweet. Smelled of oranges and honey. There was a faint alcohol and yeasty scent that mixed in.

T: Taste was fantastic. Hints of honey, sugar, lemon, orange, hops and yeast. The flavors mix together to form a candy like taste.

M: Light bodied beer and light carbonation. I know contrary to the way it looks there isn't a lot in it. Leaves a sugar coating feel. Very smooth.

D: Easily have a lot of these. At 10.5% ABV you wouldn't even know. The beer doesn't look like a dark ale or have a lot of its characteristics so don't expect that from it. It's a very good easter beer being as sweet as it is. (1,022 characters)

Photo of JulioH
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Any time I hear a holiday or season before the name of a beer I get worried. I don't like winter beers, Christmas beers, etc. When I heard easter beer I thought Uh Oh. But I really liked this one a lot. Not too much in terms of outside flavors (spices, etc). Just a great dark malt with great balance between malts and alcohol.

I will get this again. (351 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Pours a very deep ruby red with a decent sized tan head that lingers for a bit.

Smell is a bit sweet, brown sugar and dried fruit.

Fairly spicy beer. There's dried fruit, raisin, toffee, and brown sugar. Has a bit of a licorice note and a noticeable spiciness.

Fairly smooth feel with a bit of tingling from the carbonation.

An interesting take on the style. Has a fairly complex flavor, and the added spices really make themselves known. It is a lot like a quad, with the spices giving it a new twist. Not my favorite of the style, but definitely worth a try. (566 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear dark amber body. The beer does have a slight haze and a decent head.
S: Smells like winter spices and has a good maltiness to it.
T: Slightly sweet and has a nice dark bread flavor that has some slight spice on the edge. Very taste with definite presence of alcohol.
D/O: Very crisp and drinkable. The weight of the beer does make you want to sip it a bit more. Great beer to open this easter sunday. (409 characters)

Photo of hawksfan82
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a La Trappe Chalice.

Pours a great light amber with maybe a finger high head that dissipates quickly. You can tell that there's a lot of carbonation in this brew.

Smell doesn't really tell you much. You get a bit of sweet honey, and the smallest bit of flowery hops. The alcohol (10.5%) came through for me in the smell as well.

Taste is very sharp at first. I usually don't get the alcohol until the end of the beer, but the alcohol comes in right away at first, along with the carbonation. Afterward is a nice mix of flavors that includes a combination of hop spiciness with some floral accents, a small bit of bitterness, and a nice sweet honey undertone to give it a good balance. The finish is crisp and dry, with a little bit of alcohol and some hop bitterness remaining on the tongue. This is a nice complex belgian, but it's not overwhelming. It's definitely worth having it in the 750ml bottle as it gives you a chance to get everything the beer has to offer.

Compared to some, the drinkability may not be all that high, but I think this is pretty good for it being a 10.5% beer. I also think it take more than just a glass to appreciate what this one has to offer.

Not the best beer I've ever had, but a great brew to sit down with and enjoy for an hour or two while watching a movie. (1,341 characters)

Photo of palmer69
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle with about 1-1.5 in. of head (which quickly discipitated), orange golden color. smells hopy, orange/lemon citris. Tast is light carbination with a cooling spicy effect like a light minty taste that cools mouth down when you breath in after sipping. orange citris flavor, hopy, fig with a miner bitterness taste. definantly tastes like easter. (361 characters)

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Gouden Carolus Easter Beer from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.