Gouden Carolus Classic | Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus ClassicGouden Carolus Classic
BA SCORE
4.11/5
889 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:
#1,996
Reviews:
414
Ratings:
889
pDev:
10.22%
Bros Score:
3.73
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
152
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 889 |  Reviews: 414
Photo of lehueve
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Hallertau
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jiffymon
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jaasen64
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

 2,075 characters

Photo of desint
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of twax
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Segelstrom
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of discodoni
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of mizx
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsm80x
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Giannis
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of nkaran
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Krakpoff
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of tzunoi
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of dieBlume
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of unshodjogger
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of SGToliver
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of harsley
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of EBeckett3
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Viceroy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kguard
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.