Gouden Carolus Easter Beer - Brouwerij Het Anker
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3.54/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
04-13-2014 05:01:29 | More by JohnGalt1
4.14/5 rDev +2%
Poured a brown body with one finger head and lace patches. The aroma of anise first hits me, along with candi sugar, and then dark fruits like black cherry and figs, possible plums. The dark fruit flavors are more pronounced in as there are strong flavors of cherry, figs and plum along with the anice/candi sugar crushing my tongue at times. The beer is balanced with fruits and sweetness but overall I'd describe it as a "sweet beer". There are spices lie pepper or coriander that are waiting to be picked out to and I get them on the backend in the finish. Complex, medium bodied beer that is chewy at times and a wonderful beer to enjoy.
04-03-2014 10:45:18 | More by clayrock81
4.1/5 rDev +1%
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/5/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby-brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, clove, pepper, licorice, toast, toffee, dark candi sugar, bread, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, light banana, licorice, toast, clove, brown bread, dark candi sugar, light pepper, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Slight fruity tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, licorice, light banana, clove, dark candi sugar, brown bread, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian strong dark ale. All around great complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
03-08-2014 07:01:25 | More by superspak
4.16/5 rDev +2.5%
From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: 2012 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
I happened upon this bottle, unexpectedly, during a visit to a Binny's in Illinois. For an easter beer, I was expecting something lighter in color and aroma/flavor, but this was not the case: the beer is a slightly lighter version of the Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw. Quite good, but I'd probably choose the slightly deeper, richer Blauw instead, though I am of course happy to try this mysterious, "rare," Easter beer.
Pours a 2cm tall mass of khaki colored foam, made up of tiny bubbles, creating a very dense, nearly meringue-like texture. Retention is good, the foam lasting two minutes in a slow decline to a thick ring and thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is good, with semi-complex dots and lines clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is dark brown to black in color, light bringing out a very dark amber brown hue to the beer. Carbonation not visible through the functionally opaque body.
Aroma of dried and fresh plums, raisins, dried dates, dried black figs, candi sugar and Maillard reaction caramel-like sweetness, anise, modest mustiness, and very light molasses.
Flavor of dried and fresh plums, Belgian amber candi sugar sweetness, dried dates, raisins, dried black figs, anise, and slight caramel: like a lighter version of the Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw. Front of palate is of substantial dried and fresh plums, amber Belgian candi sugar sweetness, raisins, slight caramel, and anise. Mid-palate of dried and fresh plums, amber Belgian candi sugar sweetness, raisins, slight caramel, and anise. Back of palate detects strong anise, raisin, and dried plum, with lesser Belgian amber candi sugar, dates, black dried figs, and ethanol. Aftertaste of dried plums, raisins, dates, dried black figs, lesser anise and ethanol.
Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a smooth, foamy mouthfeel that is never prickly. Ethanol is mildly noticeable in the nostrils and back of throat, but never detracts from enjoyment. Closes quite dry, with medium-low stickiness clining to the lips and palate.
08-23-2013 05:21:33 | More by falloutsnow
4.43/5 rDev +9.1%
Will pour a 5+ finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving an excellent lace. Dark amber/mahogany color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit and orange nose and flavor is sweet spice and dark fruit and a little alcohol. $9.99 for a 750ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Marlboro, MA. Labeled at 10.5% ABV.
08-04-2013 22:42:10 | More by jdhilt
Gouden Carolus Easter Beer from Brouwerij Het Anker
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