Gouden Carolus Easter Beer | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus Easter BeerGouden Carolus Easter Beer

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 236 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of socon67
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours brown with a distinct maroon tint. Settles with little if any foam. Lacing is minimal. Slight carbonation.

S - Strong smell of bubblegum (first time I really smelled that as potent in an beer). Semll of licorice, candy, and cherry cordial.

T - Taste is an intense blend of sugary fruit and spice. Very strong flavor of yeast. This is a robust beer with many layers of complexity.

M - Heavy belgian beer that will dominate any food, so it is best as a sipper.

O - Great beer that in the right occasion will stand out. Not sure of the connection to Easter, but I'd have this any time of the year.

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Photo of crobinso
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of impending
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


750ml into a tulip. Pours a deep garnet copper, minor cafe au lait colored head, minor lacing.

Aroma is spicy, anise, caramel, malt ball and camphor. Fennel perhaps.

The spices carry through strong into the flavor. Very spicy. Figs and plums. Anise and phenols swirl. Sweet with a piercing dry twang that sets the stage for the finish. Long lasting heavy phenolic aftertaste. The alcohol contributes nicely as a flavor component. Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Warms wonderfully. This is classic belgian seasonal, expressive and big. A spiced blue.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of TheGrunt
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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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Burgundy with backlighting shows a quick paced medium dense effervesce. A spongy, khaki colored head sits atop with some resilience. Good amount of lace coverage.

S: The aroma is sweet of cola and candy apple. The cola is really dominate and what really stands out to me with some accents of apple, sugar plums, banana, and a light mention of clove.

T: The flavor is spicy alcohol and fruit, plums showing sugary and tart notes with some sweet licorice and black jelly beans. Warm apple, sweet caramel instances and a warm boozy touch of dark fruit sweetness.

M: The body is light with a decent amount of carbonation. Spicy dark fruit alcohol leave on the tongue.

O: Overall a spicy dark fruit beer with a beautiful warming of alcohol delivers on that easter feel. Solid flavor, clean and easy to consume. Limited to 2000 cases yearly. An easter treat indeed.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only 2000 cases are brewed each year, so I am glad to have tried this one (2010 vintage). Poured into tulip glass. Pours amber haze with a beautiful and strong off-white lacing that lasts throughout. Aromas of bubble gum, Belgian candi sugar, Belgian yeast, and orange peels. Flavors definitely pick up the bubble gum, grapefruit, and Belgian candi sugar. Thin mouthfeel and well carbonated. Overall, an excellent brew from one of my favorite Belgian breweries!

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bleu Restaurant in Columbia, MO

A - Poured a cloudy, dark burgundy color with a small, tan head of foam. It left sudsy rings of lacing.

S - It smelled of dried dark fruits with some bready malts.

T - Raisins, figs and plum create a fruity balance to go with bread crust, caramel and sweet malt. There is a mild hop bitterness for balance.

M - This is a crisp, smooth beer. A medium bodied Belgian ale with a dry finish.

O - This was good. A nice find on tap at a place that's improving its beer options.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark cherry colored with a thin cream head

S-smells like dark belgian sugars and bubble gum with caramel hints. strong scent

T-comes in with a decent taste of dark roasted belgian sugars. much like bubble gum. ends with a burnt weedy taste. its a good and complex taste.

M-low carbonation with a dry finish

O-it's a pretty complex belgian. its definitely good though maybe not as crisp and drinkable as other good dark belgian that i've had.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an official Gouden Carolus chalice glass.

Not much head or froth on this, but some faint caramel head manages to stick around. Lacing is slight and noticeable a little, but not much of the concentric rings that I associate with their strong dark ales. Body color is classic walnut brown, fairly see through to some extent when looking through the head and so forth. Look fine.

Nose is a simple dark malt and sweet Belgian candy sense. Chewy, hints at not too much just an even simple white sugar sweetness.

Taste hits with a real surprise. It's black licorice candy gumdrops, mixing with classic Belgian sweetness and dark malts. Chewy but with a slightly wet palate that hits like a licorice candy you've been chewing on for some time. Sweetness feels really balanced, nothing outrageous and sticky, or even horribly sweet. Maybe even a bit of menthol mint action.

Overall though, fun beer, a nice take on the licorice anisette angle. Candy beer without the sugar bomb, I did enjoy it this Easter indeed.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep deep amber, close to brown. Very good clarity for a big Belgian brew. Sizable crystal like off white head. Very subtle nose, touches of dark fruit, some phenolic presence. Some bubble gum.

Flavor is a lot bigger than the nose. Big sweetness but incredibly clean finish. Sweet dark fruits up front. Touch of sweet bubble gum. Rides into some very spicy clove flavors. Some phenols. All do a good job of balancing. Alcohol presence is slightly noticeable but adds to the balance. Very good and inedible rare, i'm glad I got a case.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark mahogany in color. It poured with a half finger high dense off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark fruits and candi sugar in the nose. As the beer warms up, smells of anise become very apparent.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits and candi sugars and has a light to moderate amount of sweetness. Hints of licorice are also present and these become much more prominent as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice balance between each of the flavors and the anise adds uniqueness as the beer warms up. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Gouden Carolus Easter Beer from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.01 out of 5 based on 236 ratings.
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