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Gouden Carolus Classic - Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus ClassicGouden Carolus Classic

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

603 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.22%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002)
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown color with a one finger cream colored head that fades relatively quickly. Upon fading, over about a one minute time period, a lighter level of lace is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of a lightly roasted and bready malt as well as aromas of sweet sugary and darker fruit smell. The heaviest of the malt is a roasted barley malt but there are notes of chocolate and coffee mixed within as well. The sugary smells are mainly of a caramel nature and are mixed with fruit aromas of a raisin, prune and fig. Rounding out all these are aromas of some alcohol as well as some spicy smells and a bit of an earthy hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins sweet with flavors of a caramel and a whole lot of dark fruits. The dark fruits are mainly of a prune flavor but have some hints of a raisin and fig flavors mixed within. There are flavors of a roasted malt breadines upfront as well, which ends up fading ever so slightly as the flavor advances. As the breadines fades, a coffee and chocolate taste begin taking its place. While the flavor advances further, so too comes some of the spice flavors that were detected in the nose (nutmeg and cinnamon). A rather decent potent rum flavor as well as a bit of a woody and earthy flavor then come to the tongue more at the end where it melds well with the prune and darker chocolate and coffee flavors to leave an odd warming flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The beer is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A little lighter of a body may actually have suited the odd mix of fruity flavor and darker flavors better due to the complementation of the fruit and drinkability and lessening of the chocolate and coffee flavors.

Overall – The chocolate and coffee flavors were a little odd in this brew and took away from the nice blend of fruit, malt and rum tastes. Not bad, but not the best Belgian strong dark out there

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 00:58:34 | More by Darkmagus82
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Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Believe it's a 2011.

Pours a hazy deep brown with a fleeting tan head that dissipates to nothing.

Maple, treacle, pears, raisins, dates, and figs form the initial aroma. Very complex and rich. There's a bit of a bell pepper note.

Flavor reveals deep molasses and slightly smoky, toasted malt, accompanied by raisins, dates, and a hint of vinous character. Dark fruit reigns.

Body is full, with moderate carbonation that lifts the heavy alcohol and prevents the flavor from becoming cloying.

Great Belgian yeast esters, with enough malt sweetness and vinous character to balance. A real treat.

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04-19-2014 05:05:59 | More by barczar
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A: dark brown, with tan head, the head thins out rather quickly, but lingers afloat for a quite long time. leaves a belgian lace
S: prune, dark fruit, caramel, toffee
T: prune, little bit of rust, caramel, and alcohol warmth/sweetness
M: some sweetness from alcohol sticks a bit, but overall dry finish
O: good desert beer, but a bit sweet for the moment, where i just took a nice hot bath.

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 12/12/2012. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, candi sugar, toast, clove, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great complexity and balance of malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, apricot, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, apricot, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, clove, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: "Lot number L 16/05/12 10:13"
Glass: Tulip

Somewhat like a "light" version of their classic Noel winter ale, Gouden Carolus' Classic is a fairly strong Belgian amber ale with good expression of aromas and flavors. I have fond memories of this being widely available in Brussels' grocery stores, and of enjoying it often with a late day snack or dinner. One I wish was more commonly available in the US, and that I would pick up again.

Pours a substantial 2cm tall head of small to medium-sized, beige-colored bubbles, yielding a somewhat frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in a slow decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of thin film atop the body of the beer. Lacing is very good, with thin, hieroglyphic patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a very dark brown, nearly black color, with light bringing out very dark brown and dark golden orange hues. Highly numerous and vigorous carbonation visible along the sides of the glass, but not through, the body being opaque.

Aroma is pleasant and assertive, of medium-dark caramel-like sweetness from sugar syrup, with attendant scents of anise, prunes, and slight spicy phenols and bread-like character.

Overall flavors are of medium-dark sugar syrup, prunes, anise, and slightly spicy phenols; ethanol is there, but more of a background flavor than anything else. Front of palate tastes medium-dark caramel-like sweetness, slightly sharp clove-like phenols, prunes and raisins, and anise. Mid-palate of medium-dark caramel-like sweetness from sugar syrup, slightly sharp clove-like phenols, anise, prunes and raisins, and a touch of ethanol. Back of palate experiences slightly sharp clove-like phenols, strong prunes and raisins, anise, the sweetness from dark candy syrup in the background along with ethanol. Aftertaste is of pleasant, slightly sharp clove-like phenols with light anise, and a bit of roasted malt and medium-dark caramel-like sweetness from sugar syrup in the background.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, leading to a slightly foamy (1/4) and otherwise smooth (3/4) mouthfeel that is just right for the beer and within stylistic guidelines. Ethanol slightly perceptible as a slight warmth on the palate, but no other indicators. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
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