Gouden Carolus Classic
Brouwerij Het Anker

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Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #31
Ranked #5,836
4.11 | pDev: 10.22%
Oct 12, 2023
Jun 13, 2002
Gouden Carolus Classic, the ‘Grand Imperial Beer’ from Mechelen, is brewed with dark, very balanced dosed caramel and aromatic malts. This unique beer combines the warmth of wine and the freshness of beer. This makes it very suitable in combination with culinary specialties such as stews, pâtés, ripened or strong cheeses.

Elected Worlds’ Best Dark Beer (World Beer Awards 2012).
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Rated: 3.99 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Oct 12, 2023
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It’s good. Putting the word “classic” on it may be a stretch like a race horse winning down one. But I suppose that’s ok. It’s not a Beatles beer - not even Rolling Stones who should have called it quits long ago. Again, I’ll let it slide. Maybe it’s because right now I’m with my french family in Neuf-Berquin and doing French things…

Live it up, my children. If you try, it be worth it.
Sep 06, 2023
Rated: 4.58 by aceofsuds from Portugal

Aug 08, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

Jun 05, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by myterpsr1 from Maryland

Apr 10, 2023
Rated: 4.52 by rale from France

Mar 22, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by BeerInspector from Delaware

Mar 16, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Mar 15, 2023
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

2.7/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Pours a hazelnut brown color with a smaller, bubbly beige head atop.

Smells of candied apples, toffee and creme brûlée among a lighter, noble hoppiness.

Has a light mouthfeel with a very pronounced, almost harsh appearing mineralic effervescence.

Tastes of toffee, bakers chocolate and melting milk chocolate, together with chunks of caramel and sweet molasses. This sweet foundation gets a little elevated by a bubbly, stony effervescence, setting a somehow working balance in this. Finishes a little nutty with rock sugar and pretty much nothing else to speak of.

This is too sweet and one dimensional for my personal taste, with its mouthfeel not being overly pleasant as well.
Feb 18, 2023
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Purchased at Purvis Beer in March 2022. Drunk in February 2023.

L: Scarlett brown in the glass, with ruby highlights around the edges. A rim of stained-teeth-white foam clings to the edge of the glass. Some carbonation can be seen near the head. Let's be honest, this is not a pretty beer.

S: Minerally blackcurrant and grape must. Light, sweet malty notes. There's not a lot to excite me here either.

T: Taste is mild, sweet, chalky cherry, nudging towards that Doctor Pepper/cough medicine end of the spectrum. There's some brown sugar and dried currants and raisins in there too. The 8.5% ABV is hidden very well, and the candy-like nature of the taste means this could be drunk quickly on a hot day. This could be very dangerous, but the overall sweetness of the beer probably precludes it being drunk in bulk.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, with the chalky sensation I talked about in the taste also coming through.

O: This beer rises to no great heights. The sweetness is not offset by an alcoholic kick nor by carbonation, lending a chalky, almost flat nature to the beer. There is nothing offensive about the beer, but I can't see myself reaching for another one if other Belgian offerings were on the scene.

Feb 18, 2023
Rated: 4.07 by Sphagnicola from Belgium

Jan 12, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by mamaraza from Texas

Dec 22, 2022
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Reviewed by guidodewaal from Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark red with creamy foam. Smells sweet and malty. Taste: Red fruit, caramel, vanilla with a bit of coffee. Very well balanced, making the alcohol almost not traceable. Easy to drink and absolutely delicious.
Nov 09, 2022
Rated: 4 by marcrech from Brazil

Oct 07, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by zknight from Korea (South)

Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by KotR from Belgium

4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Excellent beer for the colder time of the year to enjoy, by an open fire.
Drink slowly, best with friends.
Could be used for cooking, but what a waste. So much better when drunk.
Raisins, caramel, somewhat bitter but nice aftertaste, full. Serve not too cold.
Dec 14, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by doctorgary from New York

Dec 12, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle. Khaki head with lace. Copper color. Clear.

Raisins, plums, figs, caramel, toffee, cocoa. Smooth, warming, soft. Very complex, very enjoyable. Full bodied.
Aug 14, 2021
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Reviewed by DCurrier from California

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is perhaps my very favorite beer. Next to impossible to find in the USA, it is very popular in Belgium. Very well balanced with no bitter aftertaste. Malty but not too sweet and not too heavy. Just the right carbonation. Wonderful flavor. A hint of fruity smells like banana but not too distracting from the dark almost caramel flavor.
Apr 20, 2021
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a cloudy almost opaque dark mahogany in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate dark amber + chestnut brown + ruby red colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film covering a little more than 50% of the surface of the beer surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark fruits (plum + prune + raisin + cherry + currant) over the top of moderate aromas of caramel + toffee + toasted malts with moderate amounts of dark candi sugar sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast along with light aromas of spices (coriander + clove). Hints of booziness.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel + toffee + toasted malts with moderate amounts of dark candi sugar sweetness. That is followed by strong flavors of dark fruits (plum + prune + raisin + cherry + currant). Then there are light to moderate flavors of Belgian yeast along with light flavors of spices (coriander + clove). Finally there is a hint of booziness. Moderate amounts of lingering dark fruit sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but slightly chewy with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Drinks fairly easily though this one is more of a slow sipper for me. Can’t believe I have been reviewing beers for almost 10 years before I finally got around to reviewing this one (thanks for the jumpstart thread on the Beers of Fame) though I have had it many times before. Very enjoyable and definitely a classic example of the style.
Apr 02, 2021
Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 957 ratings