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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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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 12.59%
Wants: 17
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 205 | Reviews: 105
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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.

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750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear, dark amber color with two fingers of fluffy off white head. Retention and lacing are excellent.

S: Intense and complex. A strong dark fruit base with both plum and fig. Lots of orange zest, black licorice, and an overall mustiness that balance the dark fruit sweetness.

T: Quite different from the base. There is some dark fruit and a bit of cocoa, but it's much milder than the nose. The esters are still there, but they are milder, too. A bit of nutmeg along with a hint of orange zest and black licorice. Lots of booze. Not bad, but not great.

M: Moderate thickness with extremely creamy, yet fairly strong carbonation.

O: An amazing aroma, very complex and intense. The flavor is simply not bad. I'm amazed that I'm smelling and drinking the same beer.

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Had this on tap at the Delirium Café.

A really dark brown beer much like the Classic or the Christmas (both very very good beers, highly recommended). Some tannish head.

Smells much more spicy than the Classic. It has the same maltiness but this one is pretty big on the anise and liquorice unlike the other which is more fruity.

Tastes much the same as it smells, a rich dark beer with anise (I am pretty certain they added anise in this brew). Not overpowering though.

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750mL (best before 5/2/2013) into a tulip. Pours a clear mahogany w/ a 1-finger khaki head.

Aroma is dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses and spice.

Taste is dark candi sugar, figs and dates, residual sugars, spice, and warming booze. Sweetness coats the palate.

Mouthfeel is sticky with a dry finish.

Overall this BSDA is par for the course for Het Anker. They tend to like their beers sweet and sugary with a dry finish, and this one delivers. Still, glad I found this bottle while I was visiting the Midwest. For some reason this one doesn't make it to Seattle.

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Gouden Carolus Easter Beer from Brouwerij Het Anker
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