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 Nomis
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dentist666
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium body, soft carbonation.

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Photo of km02600
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drmeto
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a clear brown with ruby tinges and a big,foamy,sand-coloured head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,toffee,strawberries,chocolate,plums,nutty
T:
-caramel,toffee,sugar,chocolate,tea,nutty,syrupy,raisins,cola
F:
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-no alcohol detectable
O:
Tastes more like an English Strong Ale rather than a typical Belgian Dark.
I really like this.

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Photo of SirDirtJoe
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful juxtaposition between a doppelbock and a classic Belgian Dark.

In a way, it feels completely new, in others, it's like a gathering of the oldest of friends.

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Photo of Dzu
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33 bottle into chalice.
L: Turbid deep rown color wih a no foam head.
S: Plums, caramel, roasted rye bread, raisin.
T: Sweets , dark fruits.
F: Low carbonation, medium tight.
O: Very good example of bsda. Smells incredible, tastes great.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Erik-P
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of nout72
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

And yet another great Belgian dark ale.
Very smooth and only a bit short on spicyness, in comparison with a Chimay Blue or St. Bernardus Abt 12 or Prior 8. The mouhfeel is fuller and rounder than the Chimay though. The sweetness is ideal, the aftertaste isn't too lingering.
Again, rating beer is ridiculous, because honestly I am not sure if I like this beer better than Chimay or a Rochefort, and really is it important? Price-wise this beer is in the same range as St. Bernardus Abt 12, and slightly pricier than a Chimay.
Let me say that it is good to know that there are many Belgian dark ales I enjoy and I will just pick the one by lowest price or just at random, you certainly never can go wrong with any of them.

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Photo of teromous
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The back of the bottle has 04/05/2014

Appearance: Dark brown opaque body that shows some lighter shades of brown around the edges as light shines in. The head is this massive fluffy cap of creamy fine bubbles. The head is a light shade of khaki and it has very good head retention and lacing.

Aroma: The head tends to obscure the aroma quite a bit. I ended up having to work the glass a bit to get any real noticeable aroma. Mostly it is just this really sweet smelling caramel aroma that is even a bit buttery.

Taste: That sweet caramel makes an appearance in the flavor as well. It doesn't taste buttery like it smells. There is just a touch of a woody character and some maple syrup but the flavor as a whole is very watered down and light. No bitterness at any point while drinking the beer.

Mouthfeel: It is extremely velvety from the carbonation but the body is surprisingly light. It doesn't have much of a finish. There is really no finish at all; it just ends abruptly.

Overall: It's not a very impressive Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It feels extremely light and at times while drinking it even felt thin. I am having this beer a little over two years from the date listed on the bottle. I would try a fresher bottle to see if maybe more flavor is present. It is still a very enjoyable beer to drink and the delicacy of the beer is applaudable but overall I think it wouldn't be a beer I would buy more than one of.

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Photo of OlaB
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Black color, gives of a good top of head, really nice lacings on the sides of the glass

A: Raisins, cherrys,roasted malts, some hints of cocoa and chocolate

T&F: Starts with malts that gives a nice sweetness , goes over to the fuity flavours in the middle. Dark fruits, cherrys and burned sugar, The flavours are very well balanced in this beer. alcohol content are very well masked.
The finishing and aftertaste is a nice bitterness that last for a good while and almost reminds me of cherrys

O: A great belgian dark ale that i enjoyed every sip off. It was also great to finally try one of the carolus beers since i heard a lot about it but not been able to find before today

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Photo of JohnTurano
3.22/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wonothesane42
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Listed in the 1001. Reviewed in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of SassaDog
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacecake9
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Ommegang goblet.
A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a tan head that does not go away and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
S - I mostly smell dried raisins or prunes.
T - Flavor is more raisins and dark cherry.
M - Mouth feel is medium, carbonation is above medium. Alcohol is not noticeable.
O - I'm a sucker for Belgians, and this did not disappoint. Let this warm a bit so all the flavors come out. Het Anker has become a new favorite brewer for me.

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Photo of Shaneox
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

cellared 330 ml bottle from Asheville (NC) served in a Belgian snifter. June 2013 bottling date.

Appearance: just OK, with a rather weak head over a dark, hazy brown body. Spotty lacing.

Aroma and Flavor: Superb, especially the aroma. Loads of toffee, dark ripe fruits and dried fruit. The flavor does have a touch more alcohol than optimal but I can't fault the enticing aroma.

Feel: medium carbonation in a medium-light body. 8.5% ABV is mostly hidden.

O: Excellent! Allowed to warm but continued to improve, gaining complexity, with further warming.

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

Photo of IckyT2012
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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