Gouden Carolus Blond | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by GreenCard on 05-03-2006

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gouden Carolus- Blond

A- Cloudy orange with a thick bubbly head.
S- Dry spicy ornge lemon sour mix with a boozy touch.
T- Sugary sour cherry, lemon, and orange. Yeasty and boozy.
M- Fruity sweet becoming sour/ tart. Alc. permeates up the roof of the mouth.

Overall- A good sipper just a bit too boozy.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice blond color, with a 3 finger head, served in a tulip. Great head retention, good carbonation.
Smells a little spicy and malty, also smell some yeast.
Three separate flavor sensations. First is a slight hoppy with some spice, next is more spicy with and the ale flavors are prominent, a little alcohol, not much followed by a delicious malty after taste.
Very creamy good carbonation.
Another? Yes Please.

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Photo of Hobbit
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of bouncepass
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JackNip
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GreenCard
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a special release beer that Het Anker exports to the UK in bulk and which is then transferred to casks to be served like Real Ale at JD Wetherspoon pubs around the country. Anyway...

Appearance: pale gold, good clarity, medium layer of white foam that slowly condenses to a layer of cream, lace

Aroma: bubblegum, banana, lagery malt, alcohol, light floral hops

Flavor: mildly sweet at first but then dominated by peppery alcohol, a bit grainy, laced with berry and banana fruitiness, cinnamon, finishes dry with an aftertaste of all of the above

Mouthfeel: medium body, low carbonation, alcohol burns the throat a bit

Other comments: I'd been wanting to try this for a while now, but I'm a bit disappointed with it. A worthy effort. However, this beer would be much more "at home" bottle-conditioned and served slightly colder. The alcohol is too present of a flavor. I'm glad I only ordered a 1/2 pint because it would not have been easy to drink a whole pint. Not because it's strong (after all it's only 6%), but because it's not very balanced.

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Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of soju6
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head that fades to good lacing.

A: Aroma is fruity with some malt sweetness and spice in the back ground.

T: Taste of fruit, malt sweetness and some spice. Nice bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp and refreshing. Has a nice balance that gives it a bit of character.

O: This was a enjoyable beer, much more than I expected from a Blonde Ale, but then again it was from Belgium.

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Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of seanyfo
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted by a pint at my local Wetherspoons during the University of Real Ale Festival. Served in imperial pint glass.

A: Dark golden amber, with 2 finger creamy head that is well sustained but dissapates within a few minutes to a light crown. Lacing is good

S: Sweet spicey notes, some biscuit and fresh breads, light hoppy bitterness in the background.

T: Lots of sweet syrupy fruits upfront, i can also taste some honey and spices, this is complented by some slight citrus notes with a fine malt backbone in the end which lingers on with a nutty aftertaste.

M: Moderate to low, a bit sticky.

D: Um, its ok, nothing amazing in terms of a Belgian Blonde, not one to actively seek out. Brewed for the UK market to be sold as a real ale? Sorry, dont think so.

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Photo of Dougology
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of uturn
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of captaincoffee
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer I have (purchased in Belgium Apr 2015) is 8%.
Pours cloudy golden orange with a finger of while foam. Little lacing. Nose is out to lunch. A little citrus and yeast notes, but much less than expected. I allowed the beer to warm up further, but it did not help much. Flavor was clean malt and citrus, with some spice notes and a touch of alcohol, but not too much. Finish turned significantly bitter, and was off for the style IMO. Mouthfeel was about right...fresh full carbonation, light on the tongue. Overall, not a great example of the style.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

A refreshing, easy drinking beer. Not Orval by any means, but a very good beer.

A - Pours straw colored and slightly cloudy with a huge white dense head. Well carbonated. Heavy white lacing.

S - Yeasty and spicy.

T - Spicy, peppery, pale maltiness, some slight bitter in the finish.

MF - Delictate and fizzy.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of wl0307
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted by a pint at my local JDW pub, the Half Moon, during the Spoon's May beerfest. As the previous reviewer mentioned, it's a kind of special brew for JDW to be offered in the cask-conditioned form.

A: pours a clear, pale-copper/chestnut brown colour; very low carbonation, a beige-hued creamy head sustains well and leaves tight lacing full of mini air-cells, like a pancake. Served cool and nice.
S: A slightly dusty note pierces through the froth; lightly banana-ish yeastiness, and caramely or dark candy-sugary maltiness upfront, while a (rotten) apple-peel like perfumy fruitiness asserts itself in the background. Refreshingly perfumy, fruity, not aggressive at all.
T: banana-ish, sour-sweet juicy exotic-fruits and perfumy apple-ish taste upfront, buttressed by a deeper input from caramel/amber malts; an assertive hoppyness of Saaz, for its signiture dried-grassy flavour, gradually expands at the back of the palate, along with a faint spicy touch like coriander seeds. Slightly warming overall, but the intensifyingly dryish (never reaching the unbearable level though) and sweet edge (of caramel+licorice) makes a lovely, lingering aftertaste full of delicately hoppy-bitterness and dryness. An intriguing touch of canned pineapples makes inconsistent but welcomed presence here and there, adding to the overall pleasure.
M&D: quite balanced with less influence from huge fizziness, this ale on cask seems to be more approachable for me than I could imagine on tap. A mellow and lubricating mouthfeel is the result. If only the slightly rich alc. edge was softened, it could even make a thirst-quenching ale~~

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Photo of Hophead101
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

drank on 6.14.08 with bro in law jason. sse.

superhead on this beer and quite foamy. hazy golden color. head lasts quite a while - but still too much. not much of a smell - small malty hints - but that is about it.

a little heavy on the alcohol side for this style. flavor very average - almost like they don't go together. very crisp.

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Photo of kingjohnh
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Gouden Carolus Blond from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 19 ratings