Gouden Carolus Easter Beer | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus Easter BeerGouden Carolus Easter Beer
BA SCORE
4.01/5
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239 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:
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Added by paterlodie on 04-29-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,956
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
239
pDev:
12.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
30
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 239 |  Reviews: 120
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 RMentair
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of keithmurray
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Reddish brown color with off white head

Smell - caramel, menthol, mint, molasses

Taste - caramel, molasses, fig, raisin, menthol, mint, black licorice

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweetness upfront, minty menthol in the back end

Overall - decent beverage. If I didn't know any better, I would say that this is the same beer as the Gouden Carolus Noel

Price Point - $10.50/ 25.4 oz bottle

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 BeerForMuscle
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slack
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Deep mahagony in color with minor head and significant lacing
Smell is fig / plum, sugar, black licorice
Taste is similar to the smell with fig / plum and sugar dominating. Am also getting some spiciness- maybe pepper and banana/bubble gum.
Mouthful is medium with medium carbonation, finish is a bit of cloying sweetness.
Overall a nice sipper that has a wealth of flavors but is a bit too sweet for me.

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Photo of epfarida
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$ 10.99/25 oz bottle from Craft Shack
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into a hand washed and dried Tripel Karmeliet chalice
Aroma faint, slight spices and some licorice
Head average (5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, diminishing to
Lacing good – complete rings of dripping tiny to small bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins slightly sweet, with dates, figs, a slight amount of licorice, and some nutmeg. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation.

Appearance 4.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Basin 141 in Montrose, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of fruitcake, dark fruit, grape juice, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, dark fruit, grape juice, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of fruit and spice aspects all around.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottling past its prime but can see that it had some nice complexities.

Edit: 4-5-15
Had another bottle and it deserves a bump uo in the score. Nice head that recedes quickly, a lot of malt sweetness with a hint of roasted bitterness, grape soda like finish.

Still need to try it fresh.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
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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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of cbnz
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12/25/13 At Rattle n Hum, NYC. On tap. Part of a flight. 10.5%? Yes I'm going there. The depth of the flavor matches the depth of color. A sweet almost piney/maple aroma is way up front & doesn't give way. There it is. Like it or not. Me? Me likey! Do it, you'll thank me later. Disclaimer - **10.5% ABV**

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Photo of Mattical69
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Vixie
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Pours a very deep ruby red with a decent sized tan head that lingers for a bit.

Smell is a bit sweet, brown sugar and dried fruit.

Fairly spicy beer. There's dried fruit, raisin, toffee, and brown sugar. Has a bit of a licorice note and a noticeable spiciness.

Fairly smooth feel with a bit of tingling from the carbonation.

An interesting take on the style. Has a fairly complex flavor, and the added spices really make themselves known. It is a lot like a quad, with the spices giving it a new twist. Not my favorite of the style, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of alegut
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of stomioka
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of RobertH50
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of adam5454
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Gouden Carolus Easter Beer from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 239 ratings