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Gouden Carolus Classic - Brouwerij Het Anker

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643 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 37
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002)
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-24-2014 07:01:45 | More by schavuytje
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-22-2014 00:35:21 | More by bigred89
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-19-2014 17:14:50 | More by schnarr84
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-18-2014 16:38:36 | More by juancho
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 12/12/2012. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, candi sugar, toast, clove, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great complexity and balance of malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, apricot, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, apricot, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, clove, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:47:57 | More by superspak
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Hong Kong

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-15-2014 03:40:46 | More by boqonx
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-12-2014 20:24:50 | More by ArtZan
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-10-2014 09:24:05 | More by Booza
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: "Lot number L 16/05/12 10:13"
Glass: Tulip

Somewhat like a "light" version of their classic Noel winter ale, Gouden Carolus' Classic is a fairly strong Belgian amber ale with good expression of aromas and flavors. I have fond memories of this being widely available in Brussels' grocery stores, and of enjoying it often with a late day snack or dinner. One I wish was more commonly available in the US, and that I would pick up again.

Pours a substantial 2cm tall head of small to medium-sized, beige-colored bubbles, yielding a somewhat frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in a slow decline to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of thin film atop the body of the beer. Lacing is very good, with thin, hieroglyphic patterns clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a very dark brown, nearly black color, with light bringing out very dark brown and dark golden orange hues. Highly numerous and vigorous carbonation visible along the sides of the glass, but not through, the body being opaque.

Aroma is pleasant and assertive, of medium-dark caramel-like sweetness from sugar syrup, with attendant scents of anise, prunes, and slight spicy phenols and bread-like character.

Overall flavors are of medium-dark sugar syrup, prunes, anise, and slightly spicy phenols; ethanol is there, but more of a background flavor than anything else. Front of palate tastes medium-dark caramel-like sweetness, slightly sharp clove-like phenols, prunes and raisins, and anise. Mid-palate of medium-dark caramel-like sweetness from sugar syrup, slightly sharp clove-like phenols, anise, prunes and raisins, and a touch of ethanol. Back of palate experiences slightly sharp clove-like phenols, strong prunes and raisins, anise, the sweetness from dark candy syrup in the background along with ethanol. Aftertaste is of pleasant, slightly sharp clove-like phenols with light anise, and a bit of roasted malt and medium-dark caramel-like sweetness from sugar syrup in the background.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, leading to a slightly foamy (1/4) and otherwise smooth (3/4) mouthfeel that is just right for the beer and within stylistic guidelines. Ethanol slightly perceptible as a slight warmth on the palate, but no other indicators. Closes dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 00:16:36 | More by falloutsnow
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-21-2014 11:52:04 | More by blange3
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

02-20-2014 09:53:20 | More by DRBiser
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

02-16-2014 21:13:46 | More by Hyperionecta
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

02-14-2014 19:38:21 | More by aztraz
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-12-2014 01:41:01 | More by jibjib513
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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Murky brown with a slightly off-white ring of head.

S: Molasses, plum, fig, raisin, and a general dark fruit aroma in the nose. Also a bit boozy.

T: A touch roasty, vanilla, some dark fruit flavors, molasses.

M: Full bodied, but it could be smoother. Not too harsh.

O: This is a really good beer.I wouldn't say it's nearly as good as the Blauw, but I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:43:10 | More by BierJager89
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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

02-02-2014 18:52:50 | More by Synapstic
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-27-2014 17:41:07 | More by Sirre
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Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

01-26-2014 21:23:22 | More by Mack
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

01-25-2014 11:40:26 | More by Rwalford74
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Quebec (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque brown with a big tan head that pours at three or so inches but clumpily settles to a healthy film. Good retention; minimal lacing.

Pretty alcoholic with leather, cloves, licorice, and overripe dark fruits.

Sweet and fruity. Cherries, cocoa powder, strong black tea, red wine. Delicious.

Thinner than one would think with a medium body and prickly carbonation. The flavor coats your mouth but is fairly unobtrusive.

Good solid beer.
This is a fine strong dark ale and is fairly interesting while remaining kind of unassuming.
It is not the best looking of their beers that I have had, but it is fine-smelling and delicious. Judging by the smell of it, I was expecting a roasty, boozy beer but sipping it I was greeted by a fresh-tasting, mellow, sweet beer. Very tasty.
Would have again; a nice approachable example of a strong dark Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 03:19:45 | More by TheDoctor
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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 330mL bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A: The beer pours a col like color of dark brown with some light shining through. Head is very light tan or very off white, 1.5 fingers thick and foamy and sticks around just a little while before settling down to a thin layer above the beer.

S: Very yeasty and classic Belgian, with hints of dark fruit and spice mingled with some dark malts that are caramel or dark bready in character. Very nice.

T: Spicy with lots of dark fruits such as plums and raisins and some spices. Some candy sugar in there, but more malt sweetness from sweetened bread or light caramel. Nice.

F: Smooth.

Overall: This is a nice example of a strong dark Belgian ale. Not too intimidating for newcomers but also not shy on the flavor. This is a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 11:45:59 | More by BucBasil
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-21-2014 12:48:10 | More by Mark_Eck
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3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 3.75: Pours out a dark, translucent chestnut brown. Little head...never got above maybe a 1/4" (and that's generous) during the initial pour. Almost no lacing.

Smell 3.75: Good nose on this beer. I smell a lot of roasted grains and some malt, along with a deep and pleasing mustiness.

Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sweet with a very pleasant smoothness on the palate. Middle is where the big flavors hit: malt, toasted grains and a balance of noble hops. Finish is silky smooth with dark, delicious tastes of dried dark fruit and a very subtle smokiness. Aftertaste is of medium length and subtle flavors like light grains and chlorophyll appear on the palate. This beer reminds me so much of another excellent beer: Lion Stout. Maybe the same "top fermenting" yeast????

Mouthfeel 4.0: Unlike so many Belgians, this beer is very lightly carbonated. To me, this uniqueness adds to the flavor of this beer and serves to emphasize its silky smooth taste and mouthfeel.

Overall 4.0: While off a bit in certain areas, this beer is -nonetheless-- outstanding. Excellent tasting and a unique type of Belgian style, what with its low level of bubbles. Highly enjoyable, fully sessionable and I can certainly see why this has been brewed continuously since 1471.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 05:07:17 | More by BeerDocT
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

01-10-2014 23:18:01 | More by TubaDan
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

01-10-2014 02:36:31 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
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