Gouden Carolus Classic | Brouwerij Het Anker

Gouden Carolus ClassicGouden Carolus Classic
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Gouden Carolus ClassicGouden Carolus Classic

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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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Ratings: 887 |  Reviews: 414
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown thick with a good amount of bubbles.

S: It's like... very herbaceous. Earthy and spicy... Maybe some maple. Interesting.

T: Very odd. It has a weird like... tumeric flavor almost. Maybe some thyme. That maple comes through a little bit. A little sweet and sour action as well. It's pretty interesting but the alcohol comes through a bit much.

M: A little overly bubbly a little musty but sits decent.

Overall a very unique beer. It has a lot of different aspects and I seem to notice something new with every sip. My problem is it's a little too complicated almost and the taste, although unique, isn't overly pleasing to me. I appreciate it but I probably wouldn't rush to have another.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of mscudder
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer well over a year ago and loved it. Having it again with a more primed palette. Poured into a snifter.

A - A beautiful deep opaque black body with a royal ivory head. Solid.

S - Vivid nose on this one. Caramel apples, cherries, fresh spices, chocolate and some smooth malts. Fantastic complexity with refined balance.

T - What a rich, sweet beer at this level of ABV. Starts with some aggressiveness rich flavor; namely cherries, caramelized sugar and a touch of licorice. Follows with some complexity and a creamy nature which matches the slowing sweetness with perfection. Concludes with just a touch of warmth (I would never blindly guess an ABV above 7%) and a bit of dryness. Truly excellent.

M - A large medium body with average carbonation that compliments the style well.

O - I really love this beer. The sweetness is crisp and delicious while retaining a degree of drinkability. The heavy malt sweetness is a pleasure for a closing drink. Not quite sure I would have this aside from a desert occasion (similar to La Fin Du Monde) but I really enjoy it!

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a dark chestnut brown, decent-sized beige head. OK retention, decent lacing.

Smell is quite big. Contains raisin, date, chocolate, nuts, yeast and a bit of alcohol. Quite malty, with some caramel notes.

Taste is like the smell, but sweeter than expected. Raisin, fig, chocolate, caramel and bread. Brown sugar. More alcohol than expected for 8.5%. A good but fairly standard BSDA.

Full bodied, moderate to high carbonation. A bit bready, some alcohol heat.

Overall, quite tasty. Not a world class BSDA but a very nice one.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a 3 finger foamy tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has green apples, figs, dates, raisins, and black licorice.

The taste is sweet, with green apples, figs, dates, raisins, black licorice, cherries, brown sugar, and a little pepper at the end. As sweet as this beer is, it is not overly sweet.

Full bodied with modest carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden. A bottle like this could be put in a cellar for a long time, and would age beautifully. Highly recommended.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Amber / light brown transparent colored. Creme foam top.

smell: First i get is brown sugar. It's very sugary. I get some herbal hints, can't really put my finger around it. Caramel/toffee with some sweet malts.

taste: I get brown sugar, caramel, figs, prune, raisins, apple and a bit of a nutty / yeasty / herbal aftertaste. It lingers nicely.

mouthfeel: Nicely rounded. Fluid with just a slighty dry finish. Medium carbonation.

overall: I must say, my first one didn't really do it for me. So it probably depends on my mood. The second one was very enjoyable. It's a very easy and sweet beer. You don't get much of the alcohol due the sweetness. I like the yeasty, dark fruit and brown sugar and nutty aroma combo. If i had to criticize it, it would probably be that it's maybe too sweet. Which is nice if you crave for sweetness, but therefor lacks a bit of a kick and surprise as a whole. But if you're in the mood for something like this, it's really great.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured in its own glass.

A: Pours a dark amber nutty clear color. Forms a small yellow head. Not many lacings left

S: Smell is very sweet like a Belgian beer should be. Candy sugar, sweet grains. Very fruity easters, dark fruits mainly. Alcohol

T: Follows the nose, a sweet Belgian style beer. Sweet candy upfront, sweet malts. Very bready. Mild earthy bitterness

M: Heavy creamy molasses body. Medium to low carbonation. Sweet candy upfront and mild earthy bitter aftertaste

O: Very drinkable. A little bit overwhelming alcohol in the nose but still a great beer

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