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Gouden Carolus Classic - Brouwerij Het Anker

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712 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 43
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Pours dark Brown in color with light beige, creamy, lasting crown. Hints of nutmeg liquor, toasted malts, slightly sugary fragancy & yeast to the nose. Sweet toasted malty upfront. Gentle sugary mouthfeel, ripe & dried fruit – dates & raisins- flavors. No hops. Lingers creamy with kind warming ABV. Full body, soft carbonation. Wow!!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my tulip glass....comes out hazy and a milk chocolate brown in color....hard to say what the carbonation is like with this one. The head is a tan color, about two fingers thick at first and has decent retention, eventually settling down to a thick film. Lacing is excellent, with lots of sticky foam clinging to the glass. A nice looking brew!

S- This is quite malty in the aroma, and there is hints of dark, along with tropical fruits, such as raisin, banana, prune etc. There are some hints of various spices including clove and black pepper. The alcohol is hidden quite well, with just a mild whiff noted.

T- Well the alcoholic punch definitely shows up on the palate and takes a couple of sips to get used to. There is malt and toffee sweetness, which is countered by syrupy overripe fruit, along with spicy notes and an earthy dry-ish finish....going back into this after it's warmed up a couple degrees, there is some milk chocolate flavor in this as well. Quite nice and well balanced!

M- Solid medium body and rich smooth carbonation really makes this a delight to sip on. The flavors really are alive on the palate!

O- I find this to be really easy drinking in general, especially once the alcohol mellows. Lots of flavor, and balanced well between sweet and dry, this one isn't a beer that one wants to chug, per se, but this deserves to be enjoyed....it changes slightly as it warms, but keeps you feeling cozy. I recommend this brew for sure and will seek it out in the future!

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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a small bottle into a Duvel tulip. A jaw-droppingly beautiful clear, dark mahogany color with a nice 2-finger head that dissipates pretty quickly. Getting some of the classic raisin-like dark fruit notes on the nose. Also getting some cherry-like notes. Overall, the nose is too faint to be memorable.

The beer is medium-bodied with a firm, yet lively mouthfeel (from carbonation) and the flavor is primarily sweet and fruity. The taste follows the nose quite well. Sweet, jammy, fruity notes on the front of the palate are joined by nice carbonation that opens things up as the flavors get just a bit tart. I could spend 30 minutes trying to pick out all the different fruit flavors that are there. On the finish, there's a nice lingering alcohol warmth.

Nice beer. Those Belgians really know how to produce dark, fruity beers like this.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark amber pour with a large tan head adorning it. Fades slowly, leaving decent lashes of lacing all over the glass.

S: Raisins, fig, caramel, and a bit of banana. A bit spicy too.

T: Lots of caramel malt with fig and toffee. Raisins, apples and a bit of molasses follow in the middle. Spicy aftertaste with maybe some black pepper. Maybe hints of brown sugar in there? Nice balance of flavors. Touch dry in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: A smooth and well balanced malty BSDA. A little sweet but not overly so. Easy drinking.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sometime soon i'm going to be doing a vertical tasting of the cuvee from this brewery, so I'm excited to try this one. No bottled on date but the guy at the liqour store said the bottle said it's about a year old and I believe, he knows me well and knows I can appreciate an aged beer so he has no reason to lie to get me to buy it.

Pours a very hazy straight up brown color with a huge off white head. Nose is comprised of rich cocoa covered espresso beans, vanilla beans, chocolate layer cake with underlying notes of figs and belgian candy sugar.

Lacing is stellar.

Fruitier than the nose lets on with absolutely no chocolate. Lots of carbonation, big in body. Amazingly subtle, Sweet brandy soaked fruit. Mild tannins. Amazing clean finish with a slightly sweet after taste but nothing cloying. Body thins out a touch on the swallow leaving way for a slightly crisp finish. Amazingly the flavors all hold together through the vigorous carbonation. balance comes in the form of a touch of earthy yeast flavors.

Incredible balance and slightly sweet. Very drinkable. But nothing crazy or out of the ordinary.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A finger and a half of dense eggshell head caps a deep dark mahogany brown. Webby sheets of lace later.

S - Blackberry, chocolate, yeast and coffee.

T - Cream, chocolate and lots of dark berries.

M - Moderate carbonation, smooth medium body. Sweet finish.

O - Beautiful flavours and incredibly drinkable for an 8.5% abv ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany with three fingers of beige head that fades into a thin cap with great lacing.

S: Some slight spice aromas up front followed by lots of bubblegum and candy sugar. There's an odd aroma that smells similar to fermenting fruit in there as well. Sweet, buttery bread aromas bring up the finish.

T: The spice notes are a bit stronger here, and the bubblegum and candy sugar not quite so. Dark fruit flavors are also intertwined, with the finish being bready with a slight alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is dry and nicely attenuated so that even with its high abv, it's quite drinkable. The alcohol presence does detract from it somewhat.

O: A good beer, overall. The aroma is interesting, though a bit odd, but it is still tasty and drinkable.

Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.