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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

635 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 36
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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Reviews by nokes:
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nokes

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a wine glass; nice deep copper/ruby with an off-white head tailing back into a film with nice retention and pretty lacing. Nice looking beer, that's for sure!

Smells fruity and spicy. Nice, but a bit more muted than I had expected.

Taste is really complex...hard to describe but here goes. My first thought was "wow...tangy"...and then it immediately filled out with a nice blend of carbonation and dark fruits, then the warmth of the alcohol hit with the mediciney (is that a word?) phenolics tailing shortly after. And then the flavours just kept coming...reminds me a bit of the St. Paul Double, though that was quite a while ago. Like it, but the phenolics were a bit more than I found strictly enjoyable. Extremely mild hops, but not completely absent...like a dubbel. Says "Belgian-style dubbel" on the label...is this beer classified right?

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nicely balanced carbonation. Tails off a little quicker than I had expected, though...not as much viscosity.

It's a drinkable beer. Finishes more crisply than I had expected, too. Sure, there are lingering tastes, but it's just a mild and pleasant lingering...nothing poking out to bother you.

All in all, this is a very nice beer. I would happily drink this again given the chance. If only the phenolics were tamed down a bit, I'd be back at the LCBO tomorrow to stock up before it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 03:59:43 | More by nokes
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Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.