Gouden Carolus Classic | Brouwerij Het Anker

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Gouden Carolus ClassicGouden Carolus Classic
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgium
hetanker.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
881
Reviews:
413
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
150
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark purplish brown with a foamy beige head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, raisin, plum, grape, toffee, fig, and spice. Extremely smooth drinking because of the excellent balance of sweetness, spice and chocolate maltiness. One of my favorite beers.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of A221V
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rudyarmand
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this tasty beverage at Cafe Gollem with two of my travelling companions. The bartender who we met the previous evening was off duty, but was spending a couple of hours drinking with his friends. I greeted him and asked him why he was on the wrong side of the bar and he laughed and said that he was a civilian that evening and enjoying some beer just like we were planning to do. He offered us a taste of his beer, Goudon Corolus Classic, which was a friendly thing to do, and we were astonished at the great plum-like fragrance and splendid taste. We each had two bottles each and decided that it was the finest beer we had ever tried in our lives! They had the Westy 12 available too that night, but we stayed with the Goudon Corolus Classic because it was so delicious!

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of PedrInn
4.98/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Excepcional. La mejor o de las mejores.

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4.93/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SmashPants
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: solid brown 330mL bottle, decent label to boot. Better than your average Belgian beer package - don't know what the name means, but I like it.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy dark copper-brown with hints of ruby against the light. A great froth of a beige head bursts up and settles to a solid cap fairly quickly. Solid lacing too.

Aroma: a confident nose - pungent and sweet, quite complex to boot. Sour cherries, citric and heavy fruits, a touch of lemon peel and some spices - this aroma has it all. This has to be one of the best smelling beers I have come across to date - I just hope the flavours come through on the palate...

Taste:  ... and do they ever! Sweet up front with those fruits and some chocolate and heavy treacle. The sherry spice and cherry sourness hang about too. Lovely!

Aftertaste: most of the flavours linger through, but with some warming alcohol finally coming through. A marvellously well-rounded beer.

Mouth feel: a reasonably full-bodied beer with moderate carbonation to carry those flavours through magnificently. Slightly dry on the finish, suiting those sherry flavours.

Overall: an exceptional, exceptional beer. Full flavoured and super complex, with just the right amount of each flavour jockeying for favour. Hands-down one of the best beers I have ever had. The only thing holding me back is the AU$140+ per case price (2013), but even at this price I believe it is worth it. Just have to make it a special occasion. Damn peasant wages - I'd love to have this one regularly.

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4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into an official Gouden Carolus glass.

A super creamy head can be formed of light brown toffee on the slow pour. Looks whipped up and frothy. Body is a gorgeous chestnut dark brown and red hues.

Bouquet is a candy store treat. Sweet plump raisins and brown sugar. Malt dense and hint of small quinine like tonic. In one short word, fabulous.

Taste is, just joy. So incredibly light but with a dense coating. Faint bitter chocolate in the palate mixes with an almost roasty dark malt, giving to brown sugar and figs. Stupidly velvet texture coats everywhere. Just a hint of carbonation and sting. No sense of boozy alcohol not even a hint!

This beer never fails me i've had it so many times for years. It's just nearly perfect.

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4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The classic is just what it says on the bottle. A CLASSIC!
I do love my BSDA's and this one is up there with the best of them. The thing that sets this one apart is the ever so slight licorice flavour on the back of the palate. I was gobsmacked that such a strong flavour could remain hidden inside this slightly sweet, malty gem without overpowering it. This alone makes the balance of the beer impeccable!

A must try if you like this type of beer!

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4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the colour of dark milk chocolate with a disappearing lacing of white head. Smells of thick caramel syrup, brown sugar and Belgian yeast. The mouthfeel is remarkable; thick, velvety and sweet. Tastes of peppery carbonation at the front of the palate, deliciously sweet caramel in the middle and the trademark banana/clove flavour from the Belgian yeast right at the back of the palate.

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4.8/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.11 out of 5 based on 881 ratings.
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