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Gouden Carolus Classic - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus ClassicGouden Carolus Classic

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

642 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 37
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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SmashPants

Australia

4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: solid brown 330mL bottle, decent label to boot. Better than your average Belgian beer package - don't know what the name means, but I like it.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy dark copper-brown with hints of ruby against the light. A great froth of a beige head bursts up and settles to a solid cap fairly quickly. Solid lacing too.

Aroma: a confident nose - pungent and sweet, quite complex to boot. Sour cherries, citric and heavy fruits, a touch of lemon peel and some spices - this aroma has it all. This has to be one of the best smelling beers I have come across to date - I just hope the flavours come through on the palate...

Taste:  ... and do they ever! Sweet up front with those fruits and some chocolate and heavy treacle. The sherry spice and cherry sourness hang about too. Lovely!

Aftertaste: most of the flavours linger through, but with some warming alcohol finally coming through. A marvellously well-rounded beer.

Mouth feel: a reasonably full-bodied beer with moderate carbonation to carry those flavours through magnificently. Slightly dry on the finish, suiting those sherry flavours.

Overall: an exceptional, exceptional beer. Full flavoured and super complex, with just the right amount of each flavour jockeying for favour. Hands-down one of the best beers I have ever had. The only thing holding me back is the AU$140+ per case price (2013), but even at this price I believe it is worth it. Just have to make it a special occasion. Damn peasant wages - I'd love to have this one regularly.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 09:53:14 | More by SmashPants
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This is classically delicious and a real joy to sip on. Well worth the price I paid for it.

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Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.