Gouden Carolus Easter Beer | Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus Easter BeerGouden Carolus Easter Beer
BA SCORE
80.1%
Liked This Beer
4.01 w/ 236 Ratings
Gouden Carolus Easter BeerGouden Carolus Easter Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
hetanker.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by paterlodie on 04-29-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,209
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
236
Liked:
189
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
12.72%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
30
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 236 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of sbvrt6913
2/5  rDev -50.1%

Photo of cMonkey
2.32/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Poured a lighter brown with minimal head.

Smell: Aromas of sweet banana and fruits like pineapple or citrus.

Taste: Overly sweet, fruity, banana, licorice. No spice like a Christmas Ale. Alcohol noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Great feel, but was drinking it faster due to flavor.

Drinkability: Not a drinkable beer to me. I see others enjoyed it, but it was way too sweet and fruity for me.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BillDon
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of Stoutsman
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of danieelol
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of mynie
2.66/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

750 ml bottle. The cork is yanked out with only the tiniest of squeaks. The pour is placid, very nearly still. The beer has to be swished around before the smallest bit of fizz makes itself apparent.

Smells like raisins and caramel and alcoholic. Pretty intense, but also pretty one-note.

Tastes a little smoother than the aroma, but the thin and flat body really weighs things down. Tastes like a solid tripel up front: chocolate, heavy yeast, biscuits, and then it just melts away and comes back with some stale fruit and booze at the end. Uneven and not good.

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Photo of mobrado
2.68/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

As other reviewers have noted, this is full of anise. I don't think it is well-integrated at all. My bottle was almost completely flat too, which is obviously a fault of the particular bottle, but I still wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of cbnz
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of Stevedore
2.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a darker brown body, dark purple hue. Smells full of dark fruit and licorice, but it doesn't prepare me for what comes on the palate, which is full of anise. I'm really not an anise fan at all, in fact it's one of the flavours I dislike most overall, so as you can imagine I did not enjoy this one at all. Mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied, lower carbonation, and again full of anise. Overall, I don't like this because of the anise. If you like it, tread carefully. If you don't like it, don't bother.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Normally I miss this guy when he comes around every Spring, so I was more than happy to see my local store still had one of this year's still hangin' around. It pours a murky garnet-sienna topped by a finger of off-dirty ash foam. The nose comprises black licorice, toffee, brown sugar, and Belgian candi sugar. The licorice dominates everything else, making it hard to pick out most of the other scents. The taste is similarly constituted, with a domineering licorice flavor strangling everything else out. Some mild cocoa notes can be found in the mix as well, but they're similarly faint compared with the licorice. Honestly, I winced with every sip... The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a surprisingly one-sided brew, which unfortunately was a bad side. Way the hell too much licorice for this to ever be any good.

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Photo of JDV
2.94/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared at tasting courtesy of Dewbrewer. Thanks!
Pours medium light golden with a big lasting white head. Very Duvel like in appearance. Smell is dusty, light sweetness in a somewhat floral and honey way and cobwebby. Taste is honey sweetness, but not cloying for me, subtle, delicate floral flavors as well with a noticeble light spiced characteristic that is hard to place. Unique and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.96/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gouden Carolus Easter beer

Pours a bright amber color, off white head and little lace.

Smell: anise, Belgian yeast, caramel, spices, and alcohol.

Taste: strong aniseed, with a minty menthol kick, Belgian yeast, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, raisin. Touch of alcohol, and lots of flavor, making for a somewhat complex sipper.

Mouthfeel: medium to full bodied, well carbonated, anise in the finish.

Overall: a decent offering from gouden Carolus, like their other holiday beers, heavy on the anise, but still nice and hides the strength for the most part.

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Photo of Archemedies
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of GRUUMSH
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Pours a dark reddish amber brown with a big fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is earthy yeast, some sweet malts and some alcohol with some bubblegum and cola.

The flavor is sweet sugary (molasses) malts and dark fruits that just pop out initially. There's an earthiness from the yeast and some banana and clove notes. The finish has medium dry bitterness with a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, an OK Belgian. The flavors didn't work for me, and the alcohol and sweetness was a bit over the top.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BrewMaster
3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle purchased for 2.50 Euro at Delhaize in Verviers, Belgium. Labeled with an easter scene with bunnies and eggs and such. Best before 010107.

Appearance: Dark brown to black with very pretty much no light showing through. This beer has a thick and fluffy tan head on top. The head is not terribly creamy looking otherwise it would resemable a porter or a milk stout in color and proportions.

Smell: Anise (black licorice), pepper, sweet malts, brown sugar, cloves.

Taste: Malty with flavors of sage and more anise. It's lightly creamy in the middle with a crisp finish. Notes of rye, orange peel, spice cake, and a touch of smoke. This beer is alive with lots of flavors, they're just not my kind of flavor. I tend to hate anise flavored things, so that kills it for me.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, smooth, creamy.

Drinkability: This beer is good but it really is not my kind of flavor. The anise flavor is a bit strong and off-putting to me. This beer is also tremendously swee considering the other strong flavors. I thought I found a gem hiding in Delhaize, but it turned out to be a dud.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of chakadrum
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm generally a fan of the Gouden Carolus beers and this was the first time I spotted their Easter beer. I had to give it a try. I hadn't researched this beer at all so had no idea what to expect. The idea that it was to somehow represent Easter intrigued me.

Minimal head. Light lacing as I drink. Color when held up to a light is a ruby hidden among an autumnal maple leaf. Not much viscosity or carbonation to this beer so it slides down easy and for a 10%+ I hardly noticed - no heat at all.

I don't know if this was the intent but I can see a clear connection to Easter - if you like the black jelly beans. If there were ever a black jelly bean beer, in other words, licorice beer, this is it - the smell and taste. So, if this is your thing you'll love it. If it is possible to be on the fence about black jelly beans I am and the same for this beer.

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Photo of merlin48
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, with 310107(best by date) stamped on the label. Easter scene, with three colored eggs and a bunny on the label. Label is bilingual, Flemish and French, and recites that Belgian hops are used, and a blurb about the brewery's history.
Appearance: Pours into a St Bernardus goblet a slightly hazed, ruby orange body that clears up over the course of an hour and displays some glowing mahogany hues. Khaki head is small, quickly falling to a cap and collar. Smooth sheets of lace decorate the goblet.
Aroma: Banana, clove, and licorice are up front. My girlfriend said this smells like a banana split, but I digress. Figs and prunes lend some dried dark fruit notes, and some freshly cracked black peppercorns add a rough spicy edge. Dry sherry like phenols are also prominent.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body has soft carbonation and some alcohol burn.
Taste: Opens with spicy anise and clove, atop some scorched caramel malts. Alcohol is more hot than warming, giving this a rough edge. Hop bitterness is assertive, in an earthy and herbal nature. Very little yeast character is noted, seemingly obscured by the high ethanol. Hefty notes of dry sherry emerge as it warms, with some cherry cough syrup phenols. Star anise notes are heavy handed here, and at times this was like nibbling on a licorice stick that had been soaked in vodka. Finish had a long and lingering anisette aftertaste that required a couple of IPAs to eliminate.
Drinkability: I enjoy a subtle hint of anise in a big stout or strong dark ale, but it's really a distraction here. Alcohol is a bit rough and hot, as well. No doubt, this is well crafted and complex, and the flavor does have some banana and orangepeel notes, but I simply didn't care much for this one. If you like anise and hot ethanol, you will like this. It reminds me a bit of the Greek liqueur, Ouzo.

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Photo of Braz
3.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Interesting beer. Has the feel of an almost beer mouthwash. Anise and licorice flavors prominent to me. Hints of cola with a clean cleansing aftertaste, not mint though, hard to pinpoint. Moderate sweetness. This was enjoyable but not great.

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Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A - Transparent golden amber body, with nice head retention.

S - Very floral, bubblegum, sweet and phenolic aroma.

T - Pretty sweet, dried wildflowers, cotton candy, drying alcohol.

M - Phenolic fumes, dry, with an effervescent feel.

D - Too alcoholic, definitely one to share, i'll pass on this one.

Thanks EehaiCJ for sharing this!

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Photo of teromous
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From the rear label: "16/01/2015 15006 10:40"

Appearance: It has a very murky brown appearance that can't be seen through. There is no head and no foam on the surface at all.

Aroma: I get a clear alcohol aroma and what smells like plums. The aroma is reminiscent of plum dumplings. There is a bit of a sweet smelling molasses scent similar to the scent that hits the nose after opening a bag of brown sugar.

Taste: There is a very rich caramel and toasted bread flavor that comes up at first. It has a bit of a nutty pecan-like flavor.

Mouthfeel: It feels pretty lifeless on the palate. There just isn't enough carbonation to bring this heavy beer to life. The texture is smooth. It's easy to drink as the alcohol is not too strong.

Overall: The bottle I got wasn't very well carbonated and it really hampered the drinking experience and the visual appeal of the beer. That aside, the aroma was great and it worked nicely with the flavor of the beer giving it wonderful notes of sweet caramel and nutty bread. I would probably drink it again but I really would hope that the carbonation would be better on the next bottle. If you are willing to take a chance with the carbonation, or don't mind it, then I would recommend the beer.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap into goblet at Cheeky Monk downtown Denver
A – 1 finger tan small bubbles head faded to a thin layer, a dark amber & burgundy, clear… but too dark to really tell 3.5
S – Sweet toasted malts, slighty fruity, yeasty 3.5
T – Full bodied malt from the start, slightly spicy, sublime bitterness through the taste, a slightly char flavor 3.5
M – Full body & flavor with a thin mouthfeel, expected a more creamy/syrup mouth feel 3
O – Not the easiest drinking beer, alcohol becomes apparent as it warms, I’ll pass on a second to try something new 3.5

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Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Poured a dark amber with an inch of white head.

s - Smells of sweet dark fruits. Plums, raisins, and figs. Hints of spices and yeast.

t - Also tastes of sweet dark fruits. Also some malts, spice, and hints of apples.

m - Medium body with high carbonation. Carbonation stings the tongue.

d - Pretty good dark ale. Nice spices, yeast, and dark fruits evident in the smell and taste. High carbonation hurts it a little bit. Would have again.

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