Gouden Carolus Indulgence - Cuvée Sauvage
Brouwerij Het Anker

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Brouwerij Het Anker
Wild Ale
3.94 | pDev: 9.39%
Dec 19, 2020
Oct 11, 2016
Very Good
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Notes: Gouden Carolus Indulgence [Indulgence, noun, \in-'dәl-jәn(t)s\ something that is done or enjoyed as a special pleasure] is a limited series of beers brewed every year with varying content. These ‘Indulgence’ brews are exclusive delights to be savoured at special moments or shared with special people.

Cuvée Sauvage is the 2nd taste to be produced under this label. Gouden Carolus Cuvée van de Keizer Rood was blended with 2- and 3-year-old Lambic (20%) from the Boon Brewery (Lembeek). This union combines the best of two brewing traditions: full-bodied and subtly flavoured, fruity and refreshingly sour.
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by emerge077 from Illinois

Brassy gold, huge head with lasting sticky lace, as is the Belgian way. Clarity is good, tone is dark.

Aroma is faded, malt and yeast struggling to make any coherent expression. Doughy, boozy, with a hint of lime zest.

Taste is mildly tart with a messy butterscotch, gin, bread dough thing happening. Vague lime zest top note, maybe from the tiny bit of Boon lambic, but the blend is ultimately very muddled with little if any discernible lambic presence. That lime zest becomes the only thing to cling to, as the boozy butterscotch bread dough takes no prisoners.

Full bodied, some carbonation, booze is still noticeable and messy after a few years now. Not a successful experimental ale/lambic blend (Mengbier) in my opinion. Stick to Cuvee van de Keizer or Boon Oude Geuze, this blend embarrasses both houses.

Dec 19, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Beginner2 from Illinois

I may have made it late to this party, but I'm glad I'm here. (I'm the only 2019 review for this 2016 bottling.)
Het Anker is a special place for me; showing more mastery of the diversity in the Belgian tradition that any one brewer. And Cuvee' Sauvage reinforces my instinct. This is a magnificent blend of the BSPA (in the top 5 of my favorite styles) with the lambic (most of whom are in my bottom half of styles.)

Bottom-line: Cuvee' Sauvage is how to make a lambic taste good to me.

Poured into Grand Cru glass from St. Feuillien, it looked very much like the glass in the little booklet attached by a band. And it Looked pretty good for its advancing years (less protein swirling than a BSPA in its prime.) The same is true for its Smells; they held up well giving the traditional fruity yeast and an ever-so-subtle earthy, barnyard of the lambic.

Tastes set Sauvage apart. A blend of their BSPA Rood and 20% lambic (from the best, Boon), the balance is immediate and wonderful. Particularly as I savor the dry finish, I know this Sauvage is how the lambic is to be used on me.

I suppose I should wish I'd had a great meal (and others) to share Sauvage with, but the meal was a veggie burger and the others, quite selfishly, were not present. But, I'm certain there are a wide variety of foods I could try Sauvage with and it would improve whatever I age .... if only I could find it again !!!

Het Anker is on BBB (Belgian Brewer Bucket) List and will be there until I spend I eat at their brasserie. I think it is interesting that they have nine ales with 300+ BA ratings and then the ratings immediately fall by almost 90%. Must be that only nine make it to the U.S.

Oct 05, 2019
4 by NickThePyro from Washington on Jul 18, 2019
4.09 by peensteen from Canada (ON) on Oct 30, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 750ml corked and caged bottle, released in Summer ’16, with a best before end 2018 date. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy golden orange colour with a big almost three finger off white head that had pretty good retention and left lots of nice lacing.

Aroma: Sweet champagne-y, sour fruit, peach, pink lemonade, sparkling apple cider, lemon zest, light oak and hints of funk.

Taste: Moderately sweet, champagne, peach, lightly sour, lemonade, lemon zest, apple, pineapple, Belgian yeast and a mix of spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Quite nice overall, but I’m unsure of the necessity to make the ABV so high. With its aroma and flavours, I would have preferred an easy drink rather than one that’s more like a sipper.

Oct 19, 2018
3.91 by zknight from Korea (South) on Jul 16, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by jlindros from Massachusetts

This looks like a good beer, found it in the discount section due to it being a bit on the older side, but I bet it will still be good, esp during the Celtics v Lebron game

Pours a big effervescent fizzy head that hits a few fingers and fades at a med pace, crystal clear golden blond color

nose brings an awesome Belgian beer aroma, blond honey malts, sweet candi sugar, little bready doughy notes, golden malts, into mild fruity esters, golden raisins, faint apple and pear, touch of perfumey alcohol, nothing sour, little grassy herbal later like saison

Taste brings sweet malts, but a lot more raisin prune like, candi sugar, molasses, dates, little BBQ sauce notes, aged malt, blond malt with a little saison grainy grassy, a bit of tartness but not much, fruity sour beer notes, a touch Flanders red like but not too sour, mild bitterness, little syrupy, some acidity too, tingly alcohol later, with sticky syrupy finish and a bit flemmy.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, syrupy and flemmy, decent fizzy carbonation, little tingly alcohol

Overall started nice, great nose, but taste was completely different, just not there.

May 24, 2018
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4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by josanguapo from Spain

From Labirratorium. In Tekub glass. Playing Avernum 2. Superb belgian strong pale ale profle with soft, saisonesque notes that makes it feel very refreshing and moreish. Masterpice. Only downside is its aspect, which is too foaming, requiring 3 pours.

May 13, 2018
3.79 by jaydoc from Kansas on Mar 17, 2018
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2.89/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 21.62 (Including shipping)/750 mL corked and caged botttle ($ 0.851/oz) from Blackwell’s, San Francisco, CA.
Label marked “Released Summer, 16”, stored at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Light yellow, clear, effervescent.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.3 cm, slow, controlled pour), white, low density, average retention, slowly diminishing to an irregular three to ten mm ring fed by effervescence and a complete layer.
Lacing – Fair. Wide rings and partial rings of tiny to small bubbles
Pour – Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 2 – Initially grainy with marked overtones of corn dimethylsulfide – smells like a skunked AAL. Fortunately, the DMS dissipates, leaving the graininess.
Flavor – 3 – Begins as a very dry, almost champagne-like light-bodied ale. There is no hint of the Curvee van de Keizer Rood, one of my favorite Belgian brews. I’m detecting neither oakiness nor fruitiness. No alcohol (9.8% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide (fortunately).
Palate – 4 - Light, dry, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3 – Extremely disappointing. The ode de mephitis was initially very off-putting, completely obscuring any fruitiness or oakiness claimed by the brewer. The brew itself was very dry and virtually flavorless, having only a hint of apple showing up in the second and third glasses. The oak never put in an appearance. A post-consumption belch or two confirms the presence of DMS. At least it looks good.

Feb 18, 2018
4.34 by Eziel from Ohio on Feb 10, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

Pours a lovely straw gold with a white foamy head that has fairly decent retention and lacing.

Smell is definitely Belgian with yeast, spices and some fruitiness. There is a bit of a funky/tart smell as well likely the contribution from the Lambic.

Taste is quite nice. Those straight up Belgian notes shine through. I get a lot of the typical BSPA, spices, yeast a touch of sweet first. Then it finishes like a lambic. Tart and there is a nice stone fruit presence. Very nice.

Feel is medium in body with a fizzy high carbonation.

What a pleasant and enjoyable surprise. Not that I would expect less from Gouden. A really nice sipper where the blend works very well.

Jan 21, 2018
3.84 by mattsander from Canada (AB) on Dec 09, 2017
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3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by ccrida from Oregon

Enjoying a bottle on the train out of Antwerpen, and Belgium, back to Amsterdam, and finally, home in Oregon. Gold with a frothy bone colored head.

Smell is apple, lemon and wort, pretty even attributed of both beer styles.

Taste is less balanced, and leans more heavily towards the sweetness of the strong blonde. I wanted more Lambic, but there is a at least some aciditity, if not sour funk. The base beer tastes a little hot and heavy.

Mouthfeel is on the drier side but there is some heft on the palate.

Drinakability is ok. I wanted to like this much more than I did. Even with over a year of age, the Lambic has not been able to assert itself much against the strong base. Still a nice beer, but very firmly a BSPA with just a hint of Lambic.

Oct 07, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a nice bright yellow color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light funky lambic notes with some great Belgian malt notes with residual sugar and light fruity ester. Taste is a nice mix of funky lambic notes with some great Belgian malt notes with some residual sugar notes and fruity ester with a somewhat dry finish. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Great mix of complexities and drinkability for this fine Tripel-like beer from a world-class brewery.

Oct 03, 2017
4.1 by liamt07 from Canada (ON) on Aug 25, 2017
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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Bottle, Summer 2016:
Pours a clear amber with maybe a touch of orange thrown in. The head is white, medium to large bubbles - a classic billowing Belgian beer head. The head falls and condenses to sea foam, but remains in large volume for most of the pour. Lacing is strong, but does slide down the glass as I drink.

The nose has a sort of combination of apple cider and wine. There's a lightly funky cheese aspect that is shrouded by the apple and wine notes. In some whiffs, I get a little orange zest and in others, the alcohol is noted.

Taste starts with the apple at the front of the tongue, with a very noticeable but softer than expected carbonation. The sweetness is more than expected and adds a bit of thickness to the beer. The sweetness is persistent, but its strenght later in the taste dulls slightly as the beer warms. The light funkiness in the nose is missing, but a light tartness exists. Though it has a slight strawberry aspect to it, overall it yields a Sweet-Tart sort of aspect to this beer (yes, the candy).

This is quite tasty, but a little on the sweet side. I think I'd enjoy it a little drier, which might allow that light tartness to have a little more say.

Aug 06, 2017
3.95 by samEBC from Belgium on Jul 01, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jrenihan from Canada (ON)

A very floral, perfumey nose. Soft and delicate, perhaps a touch of lavender. The taste is more heavily toward the Belgian Strong Pale side of the things than the added lambic. The lambic adds a bit of lemon and a very faint funk, but the focus is the soft, light fruits of the van de Keizer Rood. A nice twist on the regular offering. Not worth a serious effort to hunt down, but certainly a good beer.

May 20, 2017
3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on May 18, 2017
3.92 by HopBelT from Belgium on Mar 20, 2017
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3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

High B- / WORTHY

Mar 09, 2017
3.62 by MrDell from Switzerland on Mar 04, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a yellow straw, with two fingers of thick, lively foam. Really pretty beer.

Smell is yeasty, with a lot of pear and gooseberries. Reminds me a lot of a Swedish candy called Gröna Kulor, green balls of marmelade, very distinct smell.

The taste is very consistent with the nose, more Gröna Kulor, with yeasty pears and a bit of spice. I was hoping for more acidity, considering it's a mix with Lambic.

Medium bodied, and very frisky on the tongue, almost champagne like.

Overall, a really tasty beer, though not as tart as I hoped it would be. Masked the almost 10% ABV very, very well.

Feb 19, 2017
3.74 by desint from Belgium on Feb 04, 2017
4.38 by Dzu from Russian Federation on Jan 17, 2017
3.75 by aztraz from Sweden on Dec 16, 2016
4.59 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Oct 12, 2016
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