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Gouden Carolus Classic - Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus ClassicGouden Carolus Classic

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743 Ratings

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 49
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

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Ratings: 743 | Reviews: 386
Photo of DGR
3/5  rDev -26.8%

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a dark chestnut brown, decent-sized beige head. OK retention, decent lacing.

Smell is quite big. Contains raisin, date, chocolate, nuts, yeast and a bit of alcohol. Quite malty, with some caramel notes.

Taste is like the smell, but sweeter than expected. Raisin, fig, chocolate, caramel and bread. Brown sugar. More alcohol than expected for 8.5%. A good but fairly standard BSDA.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation. A bit bready, some alcohol heat.

Overall, quite tasty. Not a world class BSDA but a very nice one.

Photo of caseyhoward
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a 3 finger foamy tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has green apples, figs, dates, raisins, and black licorice.

The taste is sweet, with green apples, figs, dates, raisins, black licorice, cherries, brown sugar, and a little pepper at the end. As sweet as this beer is, it is not overly sweet.

Full bodied with modest carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden. A bottle like this could be put in a cellar for a long time, and would age beautifully. Highly recommended.

Photo of brinch
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Hugues77
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Arno
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Amber / light brown transparent colored. Creme foam top.

smell: First i get is brown sugar. It's very sugary. I get some herbal hints, can't really put my finger around it. Caramel/toffee with some sweet malts.

taste: I get brown sugar, caramel, figs, prune, raisins, apple and a bit of a nutty / yeasty / herbal aftertaste. It lingers nicely.

mouthfeel: Nicely rounded. Fluid with just a slighty dry finish. Medium carbonation.

overall: I must say, my first one didn't really do it for me. So it probably depends on my mood. The second one was very enjoyable. It's a very easy and sweet beer. You don't get much of the alcohol due the sweetness. I like the yeasty, dark fruit and brown sugar and nutty aroma combo. If i had to criticize it, it would probably be that it's maybe too sweet. Which is nice if you crave for sweetness, but therefor lacks a bit of a kick and surprise as a whole. But if you're in the mood for something like this, it's really great.

Photo of Nutwood
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of station815
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of ajs4bd
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in its own glass.

A: Pours a dark amber nutty clear color. Forms a small yellow head. Not many lacings left

S: Smell is very sweet like a Belgian beer should be. Candy sugar, sweet grains. Very fruity easters, dark fruits mainly. Alcohol

T: Follows the nose, a sweet Belgian style beer. Sweet candy upfront, sweet malts. Very bready. Mild earthy bitterness

M: Heavy creamy molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet candy upfront and mild earthy bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. A little bit overwhelming alcohol in the nose but still a great beer

Photo of DanaDubay
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Florya
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of dcs1548
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kaneel
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of cornucopia
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
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!!

Photo of kayrex
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of TheMadStork
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
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