1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Gouden Carolus Easter Beer - Brouwerij Het Anker

Not Rated.
Gouden Carolus Easter BeerGouden Carolus Easter Beer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

198 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 198
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 16
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 04-29-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 198 | Reviews: 102 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev -1.5%

zenithberwyn, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jdhilt, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Hobbit
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Hobbit, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of leroybrown10
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

leroybrown10, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of kkmiller76
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

kkmiller76, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

coreyfmcdonald, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of ummswimmin
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ummswimmin, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of jklecko2
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

jklecko2, May 28, 2013
Photo of KingSlayer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

KingSlayer, May 26, 2013
Photo of CATVDK
4.75/5  rDev +17%

CATVDK, May 16, 2013
Photo of Chrily
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Chrily, May 16, 2013
Photo of leftstagebrew
4/5  rDev -1.5%

leftstagebrew, May 13, 2013
Photo of Stugotzo
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Stugotzo, May 12, 2013
Photo of RRC03
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

RRC03, May 08, 2013
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

JeffreyJDavis, May 02, 2013
Photo of IPA35
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Nice beer, lucky I got to try it as I won't buy such a big bottle of this for myself.

IPA35, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of draheim
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

draheim, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of beerpirates
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at bruery het anker ,

Gouden Carolus Easter pours a deep mahogany body with a thin off-white head.
Anise and spices is the primary aroma with plum and banana rounding out the bouquet. Darke fruit , fig, caramel, anise , spices and clove are just a few of the many flavor components of this complex ale.
Medium carbonation , high in alcohol and high in drinkability.
Realy one the best easter beers i had so far !

beerpirates, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of hardy008
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights, and has a two finger light tan head with small bubbles, and very good retention and great lacing. The aroma has dark fruit, apples, bubble gum, Belgian yeast, spices, caramel, and brown sugar.

Tastes much like it smells with dark fruit, apples. caramel, Belgian yeast, bubble gum, spices, white grapes, and cola. There is also a little hop bitterness at the end. This is a nice sweet beer, which is not overly sweet. Very nicely made.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink. Het Anker has been one of my favorite Belgian Breweries for a long time, and this beer is another winner from them.

hardy008, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of mscudder
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

mscudder, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -1.5%

MarkyMOD, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Treebs
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Treebs, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

pathman, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

thebouch01, Apr 06, 2013
Gouden Carolus Easter Beer from Brouwerij Het Anker
90 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.