Gouden Carolus Classic | Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus ClassicGouden Carolus Classic
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Gouden Carolus ClassicGouden Carolus Classic

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Het Anker

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

25cl bottle with "Gouden Carolus D'or" painted in yellow paint on the bottle. I was told by the person I received this from that it is from the '70s but based on the condition of the bottle I wouldn't be surprised if it was from the '90s instead (design was used in both eras). All in all this bottle should be at least 20 years old, maybe up to 40.

A- Cap is a challenge to take off, literally bent the cap opener that I've used on all other bottles. When it does come off there is pretty much no hiss and the beer pours fairly flat with just a few bubbles. Bottom of cap is almost completely black. Beer appears almost completely still in glass and is a translucent dark brown with a reddish, gold hue to it. Despite the flatness the beer looks beautiful.

S- The second the cap is partially opened I can get a glimpse of a nice rich smell that reassures me after the lack of hiss and carbonation. After being opened the aroma dies down but the original presence of molasses, figs, raisins, port, slight cherries, and slight cardboard from oxidation. The oxidation actually meshes nicely with the beer and overall the beer is fairly aromatic and very pleasant for its age.

T- Opens up with figs, molasses, hints of port, a tiny bit of caramel, and just a hint of cherries lingering in the background. Finishes with more figs, some more caramel, and some watery cardboard due to the oxidation. Overall I was surprised by how well this beer had held up. It was fairly flavorful, the oxidation was definitely present but that's too be expected at this age and it didn't really detract anything from the beer.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth, slightly watery on the finish, completely flat but I don't completely mind it.

O- The cap and bottle on this beer claim this beer could age for a lifetime, after opening e bottle up after at least 20 years after it had been bottled I can definitely say that is probably true. The beer definitely showed its age but still remained a tasty treat that I thourghly enjoyed trying and would definitely try again if I ever get the chance.

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Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 889 ratings
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