Gouden Carolus Festive Spice | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
hetanker.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by wl0307 on 12-29-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.65/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pint served at local wetherspoons, did not realise this was Gouden Carolous until doing some research, did not say this on pump clip.

A: Blonde with a 2 finger solid head, i thought this was a pale at this time, and thought head retention was fantastic lol.

S: Very spicey indeed! I cant put my finger on whether its ginger, cinnamon or nutmeg, nevertheless, very xmassy, however overpowers any hop or malt profile by some margin

T: Amidst the spice character, hops are apparent in the finish, some malty bready qualities there as well while on the tongue, an odd balance indeed, but very pleasant

M: Low carbonation, with a light body, not watery, but its hard to tell when all i can sense is spice spice spice

D; I only had one pint and that was enough, i couldnt take this sweetness anymore, not a sessioner at all, but perhaps a nice 300ml seving in a duvel glass, and i would love this as a christmas toaster. Will revisit when the season meets us again.

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Photo of wl0307
3.36/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted by half-pint at a local Wetherspoon pub, The Capitol, at Forest Hill, SE London. This seems to be yet another contract-brew made by Het Anker for the JDW chain, this time as a guest ale for December 2006. Served by a handpump w/o a sparkler.

A: pale orangey straw hue, with a very faint off-white beer head, great clarity, and low carbonation--looking more like a Blond Bitter than anything Belgian~~
S: sweet (Belgian) candyish pale malts with pronounced fragrant & spicy yeastiness, featuring coriander seeds and a mixed touch of clove+cinnamon, added with citric sweetness in the background. Pleasant, not complex and slightly flat-textured.
T: ginger-roots, coriander seeds on top of mild peachy+citric fruitiness and a firm body of Saaz hops, while the aroma of pale malts and straw-ish hoppyness lingers well at the back of the palate. A touch of sour-sweet citrus-peels reveals itself before the palate hits the soothingly bitter and dryish finish, which is reminiscent more of Czech pils than of anything else~~
M&D: (a bit too) mild in carbonation, light-bodied, but the finish falls a bit flat and thin. Just as the name suggests, the mixed spicy kick gives the ale a refreshing edge and makes it more quaffable than without the spices. But the texture vis-a-vis the sweet flavour profile is not ideal, that perhaps the keg version could remedy with a bit more lively and cooler fizziness to balance off the overall sweetness... an interesting beer to be served on cask, though.

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Gouden Carolus Festive Spice from Brouwerij Het Anker
3.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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