Gouden Carolus Classic | Brouwerij Het Anker

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 330 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a two-finger tan head that drops steadily into a cap. The brew is dirty and murky, but not completely opaque, and chestnut-brown in color. I can spot a few bubbles working their way up the side of the glass.

S-The smell is an interesting mix of cola, brown sugar, and warming, solvent-scented alcohol. There is some dark fruit, mostly prunes, and a bit of cocoa, too.

T-The taste is a pleasingly sweet mixture of prunes, candy and brown sugar, and a bit of pepper and clove spice. The alcohol is warming and sweet, but not aggressive. The taste is sweet and a little rough around the edges with an earthy feel, but not kick-you-in-the-face rough.

M-The feel is typically Belgian with a medium to lighter body and a soft carbonation that rolls around for a bit on the palate.

O-This beer may never win any first-place prizes in the BSDA category, but it is drinkable and packs a decent punch of flavor. As noted above, it is a tad rough and vegetal, but I kind-of enjoy the rustic aspect. It would go great with some pate and cheese on a cool evening.

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11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color. The head is a two finger mocha shade, settling down to one finger relatively quick. Nonetheless, general retention is good, as is the soft, creamy texture. Thin streaks of lacing are left on the glass.

S: There are plenty of plums on the aroma, as well plenty of milk chocolate. Caramel and brown sugar also abound in conjunction with a well balanced note of bready yeast, pears, and apples. Really, it's not far off from a great quad - or Keizer Blauw for that matter.

T: Opening flavors are very strong in brown sugar sweetness. It's caramely in a good way. Dark fruit flavors (plums, raisins, and the like) build up in the midtaste before the dry finish...that's also laden with dark fruits. While it's fairly sugary, it's balanced just enough so to become non-cloying. Complexity is only lacking next to the aforementioned Keizer Blauw: this still has very good depth, even within the style.

M: The back end is moderately dry. I like that, by the way - it helps quash some (if not all) of the sweetness. Not a hint of alcohol is felt or tasted on the palate, but there is a slight warming sensation down the esophagus.

O: Excellent. Not sure why I held onto this single for so long, because I'm really digging this. Very flavorful and sweet, yet approachable and balanced enough. Fantastic dessert beer, and I wish I had more than a single of this.

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Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.11 out of 5 based on 880 ratings.
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