Gouden Carolus Classic | Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus ClassicGouden Carolus Classic
BA SCORE
87.8%
Liked This Beer
4.11 w/ 887 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,982
Reviews:
414
Ratings:
887
Liked:
779
Avg:
4.11/5
pDev:
10.22%
Alströms:
3.73
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
151
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 887 |  Reviews: 414
Photo of AleSan
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jaisell
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rickklein9
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bogdawg
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zet
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown colour with an amber hue and a decent and steady head of foam. The smell is very promising: buttery, with flavours like caramel, chocolate, malt, alcohol, liquorice and hops. The taste however does not deliver: it is not bad, but it is too sweet in my opinion, and with that masking a lot of flavours. I taste chocolate, malt and caramel, but mostly molasses. Mouth feel is smooth, heavy bodied and easy too drink. Would have been a great beer, if it wasn't for the sweetness...

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served at cellar temperature into a chalice. Been hanging onto this bottle for about 3 months.

Appearance - dark brown, opaque and pours a glorious finger and a half of tan head. The head retention is impressive and leaves behind a giant swath of lacing,

Smell - sweet all the way with hint of molasses and caramel with a giant fruit addition. Cherries, apples and especially pears stand out here.

Taste - quite sweet again with cherries and pears dominating. Slight malt flavors of marshmallows and caramel. Belgian yeast and the booze content isn't too much.

Mouthfeel - smooth, chewy and heavy bodied with soft carbonation and surprisingly easy drinking.

Overall - a really good Strong Belgian Dark Ale. One of the better ones on the market, and certainly worth a try and even more so if you like orchard and dark fruits in the taste of your strong Belgians.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brbrocc
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bf_89
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of evanwoertz
4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Wrigfen
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this beer is underrated here. It's really a great beer. It has the complexity of a quadrupel but it's much more drinkable. It's o lot on caramel, dark fruits (prunes and figs mostly), spices and esters. Great beer

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Photo of Scott_McCool
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of C_Pel
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kitschiguy
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle / 8.5%

Poured a nice deep reddish brown - head is a typical belgian; rocky, off white and lingering.

Malty sweet nose with spice, caramel, toffee..

Palate has dried fruit, fig, toffee and brown sugar and a great mouthfeel. Very nice. Perhaps a little sweet. Not boozy.

Overall a very good beer and highly recommended for the style.

I've got the Gouden Carolus Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw 2015 & '15 to try also - lookiing forward to those.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevinlater
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scootny
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lovely dark liquid. Plump head and sheets of lace. Sweet malty nose. Lots of dark fruits. Raisins,dates,figs. Some overripe banana. Fusel alcohol wafts in sweetly. Great taste. Rich and sweet malt. Those dark fruits I mentioned. Light molasses. Cloves and spices. Light earthy hop bitterness. Surprisingly light feel given the weight. The beer's richness balances the gently crisp carbonation. A great fall and winter companion. Yum

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

Photo of sherillc
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aromas of stewed fruit, baking spices, honey and vanilla. Flavours of honey, cloves, raisins and a nice herbal bitterness that almost reminds me of amari. Very light foam, ample carbonation.

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Photo of nullbort
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LocusSolus
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cramshawbar
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful beer, a classic indeed, setting the stage for their special Gouden Carolus Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw release, which is one of the best beers.
Certainly, out of the four beer found in the taster's pack here in Toronto, this is the best. Try it today!

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Photo of Bunman3
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 87.8% out of 100 with 887 ratings
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