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Gouden Carolus Easter Beer - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus Easter BeerGouden Carolus Easter Beer

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BA SCORE
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204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 17
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paterlodie on 04-29-2005)
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Sludgeman
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of ArtZan
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of wilkowski
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of JulioH
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of lsummers
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of GRUUMSH
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of jessicaboblooch
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.54/5  rDev -12.6%
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

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of clayrock81
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Kerrie
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of cowboy83
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Gouden Carolus Easter Beer from Brouwerij Het Anker
91 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.