Gouden Carolus Easter Beer | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus Easter BeerGouden Carolus Easter Beer

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Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by paterlodie on 04-29-2005

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4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml. corked bottle. Hazy golden-amber colour, pours a dense, compact head that doens't hold too long, but leaves crown and lace. Smells of tropical fruit (mango), bananas, maybe even some apricot and/or peach. Spices, clove or cardamom, coriander, hints of vanilla, wood aged oloroso or amontillado sherry. Viscous or sticky flavour, brandy notes. Taste is more of the same, here is the mango and bananas, the spices, the wood and the brandy feeling, some oranges too. Very brandy like aftertaste, a really great great one.

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4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle; Poured into a New Belgium Tulip.

A: Dark brown a bit cloudy in bottle. When poured into a tulip it produced a low head slightly dark and creamy in color. Cloudy in the glass as well. Medium fingers and lacing around glass.

S: Very aromatic with caramel, raisins, honey. Esters from the yeast produce a fruity but nothing specific aroma. Don't even notice the 10% from the smell. Also a bit spicy on the nose. It reminds me of cloves but not offensive. A joy to bring to the nose before taking a sip.

T: What a delight on the palette. The carbonation in the beginning hides any amount of alcohol it might have. Producing a delightful middle. Caramel, candy, raisins a bit of a spice and some fruit esters. It finishes with a flurry of complexities compelling you to grab the glass for another taste.

M: Carbonation is spot on. Keeping the alcoholic strength to a minimum in the beginning. leaving the palette clean to enjoy the nuisances of the malt, hop and yeast profile in the middle and end. Medium bodied in the mouth letting you know this is not lacking true malt characteristics.

O: This is truly a great Belgian Dark Ale. It is not lacking anything that you would expect. There is not much to say about the overall beer that has not been said already. I will leave you with this though. The Belgiums have been perfecting the art of strong ales for sometime. There is an ability to give it a kick without you ever knowing it from smell to taste. Its a passion a lifeblood if you will. I've had the Pliny The Elder and one even better in my opinion the Seven Seas Double IPA from Dry Dock in Aurora, CO. Where a balance of hops and malt are used to produce a strong American double IPA. With that said. I am a greater fan of what has been perfected not over Decades but Centuries.

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4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Truly a wonderful Belgian masterpiece!

Colour is dark brown, but after pouring and looking through the glass towards more bright lights you see deep rosy or cherry colours with the deep, chocolate brown.

Foam is medium.

Smell tells nothing of the greatness of this beer. It is of course good, but I've had stronger smells. It is good though, with a good, balanced mix: Malt, hops, fruits with a cherry and hint of oak.

Mouthfeel is awesome! It is silky soft, without any bitterness. Low to medium carbonation tickles on the tongue a bit.
Taste is abosultely great! It is extremely soft for a pretty strong alcohol content beer: in fact no hint of strong liquor taste at all. Hop taste isn't as strong as it is in smell, but the taste is extremely smooth with malt, bit of hop and fruity flavor.

Antyhing in the taste wasn't exactly as I expected, but this is truly amazing beer IMO. It is somewhat "heavy", so it isn't a summer beer of choice at least for me (good Hefes are better), but this is definitely good choice for the colder part of the year and not just the easter as it is marketed, and those who seek dark beer with smooth flavor shouldn't hesitate with this!

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4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a medium gold w/ a two finger head. You could take a picture of this beer as the standard for the style, it's just about perfect. Carbonation, lacing, head, color- everything is just about perfect on this one.

S- Smell is that of spice, fruit, corriander, slight pepper.. Just about a perfect balance of smells. The sum of the parts is greater that you would think. Again, the standard in this style.

T- Wow. This beer rockets up the list of great beers I've tried. It's not at the top of the list, but it's really far up there. Everything is just about perfect. All the flavors are perfectly balanced and work in harmony together. Truly at the head of the class for this style. I really can't imagine improving the taste in any way.

M- Perfect. Again, balanced- creamy, goes down super easy. The best of the style.

O- Super glad I found this beer in the DC area. It's truly one of the better beers I've ever had, regardless of style. It's the prototype great Belgian beer. You owe it to yourself to pick this beer up. I know I will whenever I see it!

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4.67/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle

P-Simple corked 750ml bottle with an Easter illustration on its label.

A-Poured into a Gouden Carolus glass. Pours thick and silk like. A finger of head that washes away slowly. Bubbly and crisp. Foggy and cloudy dark brown with nuts.

S-Sweet Belgian matls and candy. Nice hints of booze and spices that follow through. Black licorice and dark plums. Raisins also creep their way in there.

T-Beautiful sweetness to this beer. Lots of Belgian candy and smooth malts and yeast. Subtle booze sits nicely atop licks of black licorice and raisins.

M-Nice and full bodied beer with tons of flavor and booze on the back end. Crisp and crackles of carbonation. Smoothes out nicely and the finish lingers.

O-Really nice beer. Ive let this one cellar for almost a year and its nice and sweet and smooth. Really good beer.

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4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 750ml to wide mouth glass. Maple syrup colored beer, much darker than I was expecting with gorgeous ruby hues. One finger of tan head tops the liquid. Plenty of carbonation visible inside. Head retreats to a healthy coat of lacing and hefty halo around the edge.

Nose: Huge malty, biscuit-y aroma. Banana salt water taffee, alcohol, strawberry Twizzlers. Very robust.

Mouth: Flavor is equally as rich, diverse, and complex as the aroma. Some roasted barley notes, soft hops, and tons of fruity esters. Warming alcohol. Gorgeous. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated yet creamy and smooth.

I could drink this all night. Another knock out from Het Anker.

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4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark lemony gold color, glassy yet smeared body. Huge topping of white puffy foam lasts for good length before settling to an always present thick skim. Lots of sheeting lace trickled with tattered strings hanging on.

Aroma is soft and round with a dull lemon candy and honeydew ascent, good amounts of caramel malt and a good touching waft of ethanolic, yeasty heat.

Flavors are absolutely spectacular. Wow and yum combine to make scrumptiousdillyumscious! Great candied lemon, honey, and caramel are thickly laid upon the palate quickly with a heavy notion of stick and creamyness. Nice light addititons to yeasty spice thats airy spiced with light white pepper, flowers, and bright earth tones. Oh, its yummy. The caramel is damn right awesome as it covers all the small notions of citrusy notes. Very impressionable palate soaking.

Creamy, lush, full, and down right smooth with just a heavy malt that is toned just right without any cloying. It is liquid candy. Or so it seems. Man its good. I really enjoyed this beer. Its seemingly more like a Tripel than a Dark, but anyway you look at it, its phenomenally enjoyable and well worth seeking and trying. Gouden Carolus has themselves another winner here with this one.

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4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big, corked bottle poured into Chimay chalice.

A--Cloudy by ascending carbonation. Unyielding creamy head. Tons of consistent carbonation release. Strong lacing. Lovely deep reddish amber color.

S--Creamy honey. Heavy malt sweetness. Figgy. Not a hint of booziness. Scent milder in glass than when cork popped off bottle.

T--Tasty with lots going on. Hits lips with golden raisin. Sweet, but not overly so. Balancing white pepper spiciness. Musky earthiness in the middle, but complimentary--not distracting. Where is the 10% ABV?? Wow! Delicious. Quite mild and a little dry on the palate.

M--Creamy and mild. Dry for a malty mutha! Clean on palate. Soooo well balanced.

D--A pleasure.

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4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights, and has a two finger light tan head with small bubbles, and very good retention and great lacing. The aroma has dark fruit, apples, bubble gum, Belgian yeast, spices, caramel, and brown sugar.

Tastes much like it smells with dark fruit, apples. caramel, Belgian yeast, bubble gum, spices, white grapes, and cola. There is also a little hop bitterness at the end. This is a nice sweet beer, which is not overly sweet. Very nicely made.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Smooth and very easy to drink. Het Anker has been one of my favorite Belgian Breweries for a long time, and this beer is another winner from them.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage 12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, deep, dark mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, dates and candied sugar, but not much in the way of malt.

Taste: Very similar to that aroma. Lots of stone fruit, dark molasses, and candied sugar. There’s some strong flavors of malt and Belgian yeast, but the predominate flavors are of delicious dried stone fruit and candied sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy. As there is no carbonation what-so-ever, this beer is extremely smooth. With an ABV of 10.5%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth present on the palate.

Overall: This is an extremely delicious beer, but I expect no less from Gouden Carolus. This will definitely be a yearly beer!

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