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Gouden Carolus Classic - Brouwerij Het Anker

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670 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 38
Gots: 48 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

samEBC, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

estevaom, Jan 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

sh00ky, Jan 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

DrNo, Jan 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

tclapper, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

supermeniscus, Dec 27, 2011
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1/5  rDev -75.7%

Marc33, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Harkrank, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

CelticAleMan, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

ericwilson54, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of u2carew
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing on top. Dark mahogany body.
S) Raisins. Plums. Roasted malts.
T) Brown sugar. Hints of molasses and clove. Finishes with a hint of alcohol.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Alcohol warmth.
O) A delicious Belgian brew. I would definitely have another one.

u2carew, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a dark brown color with a fluffy tan colored head on top. The retention isn't too bad here along with the lacing. The smell of the beer is lightly malty with some roasted aromas. The taste of the beer was pretty good, lots of malty flavors in there along with some burnt flavors. The mouthfeel was nice, lightly creamy feel along with some good carbonation. Overall this beer was good, I would probably try it again one day.

Knapp85, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Troegs Mad Elf.

A: Dark amber with particles and three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a while and left great lacing.

S: Dark fruit like sugar candy. Some yeast.

T: Solid sweetness and light bitterness. Complex, spicy, Belgian yeast. Pretty good.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Silky smooth and warm. Slightly dry.

O: Looks great, smells so sweet, and tastes like a great Belgian ale. Smooth, warm feel too. This is definitely better than the Troegs Mad Elf.

SolipsismalCat, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Bilymoonshine, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

fizzyted, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of evilkalla
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. I've had the bottle for almost two years but never got around to drinking it until now.

A: Very dark brown, almost opaque. Pours with half an inch of very foamy, thick head. A fair amount of carbonation is visible. Lacing on the glass is big-time thick.

S: Darker malts and candy sugar. Has a bready smell to it as well. Very nice.

T: Slightly sweet, with just a hint of bitterness. Tastes of dark candy sugar with a finish that sory of reminds me of coffee and butterscotch. Very, very smooth. The age in the bottle may have something to do with this. Very nice.

M: Smooth and slick, with just a hint of carbonation bite to it. Very nice.

O: Very solid, enjoyable dark belgian. I would definitely buy this again.

evilkalla, Dec 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27%

jophish17, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

animal69, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Yanoliano, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

tbeq00, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of NightINgale
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle...

A - Slightly cloudy, dark brown body, with a splendid caramel-coloured head and nice fine lacing. The picture of this beer could be placed in the dictionary, under "Belgian strong dark ale". Excellent!

S - Chocolate, caramel, yeast, and DARK FRUITS! The aroma lets you know that you're about to taste something complex and deep. There is also a faint alcohol note in the smell, which may get stronger if you are serving the beer a little warmer.

T - Starts out sweet and malty, with a pronounced dark chocolate taste and some caramel. Don't let this description fool you, though, for this beer is all about dark fruit! Raisins, dates, prunes, a bit of cherry... This beer has an interesting and unique flavour feature: lingering prune flavour in the after-taste. Also some nice roastiness and not much bitterness. Flavourful all the way!

M - This beer is not for the faint-hearted in terms of its body. Quite thick, a little syrupy and a bit astringent, with an apparent alcohol presence. And yet this is a very smooth beer. You do taste the alcohol, but I wouldn't go as far as to call this a boozy beer. The warming sensation is a bonus, and your palate will appreciate the silky texture of this beer, after it warms up.

O - This isn't an acclaimed beer for no reason! There are more drinkable examples of this style of beer, but Gouden Carolus is certainly one of the most flavourful ones.

NightINgale, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

uturn, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
92 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.