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Gouden Carolus Classic | Brouwerij Het Anker

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-13-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A finger and a half of dense eggshell head caps a deep dark mahogany brown. Webby sheets of lace later.

S - Blackberry, chocolate, yeast and coffee.

T - Cream, chocolate and lots of dark berries.

M - Moderate carbonation, smooth medium body. Sweet finish.

O - Beautiful flavours and incredibly drinkable for an 8.5% abv ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of n2185
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany with three fingers of beige head that fades into a thin cap with great lacing.

S: Some slight spice aromas up front followed by lots of bubblegum and candy sugar. There's an odd aroma that smells similar to fermenting fruit in there as well. Sweet, buttery bread aromas bring up the finish.

T: The spice notes are a bit stronger here, and the bubblegum and candy sugar not quite so. Dark fruit flavors are also intertwined, with the finish being bready with a slight alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is dry and nicely attenuated so that even with its high abv, it's quite drinkable. The alcohol presence does detract from it somewhat.

O: A good beer, overall. The aroma is interesting, though a bit odd, but it is still tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I ordered a Gouden Carolus. That was the only thing the menu card mentioned about this beer.

Getting it, I have to admit that I couldn't find out whether this was the Cuvee van de Keizer, wich I already knew, or something else. I didn't know the Classic yet. So it was quite a blind tasting!

When I was tasting this beer, and the waitress told that this was the classic, I concluded: this one is maybe even beter than the Cuvee. Strange, because the Cuvee is more complex and more expensive? No, I think this one is maybe even beter, because of the lower alcohol. It is more drinkable because of that and level interesting. The mouthfeel is absolutely fabulous! 5.0 overall. This beer is the name Classic worthy.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.17/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With thanks to BA Andrejes, I was able to try this beer. Andrejes brought his beer to a tasting organized by Fiona de Lange (the Dutch beer lady). Andrejes cellared this beer for 23 years!!! Yes people this beer was bottled in 1989.

A - A clear brown fluid with no head whatsoever.

S - It has got the smell of a medium dry sherry.

T - Dry, watery en lots of taste. It is like drinking a watery sherry.

M - A light to medium carbonation, no bitterness.

O - A real different taste compared to the original. A funny experiment and my first experience of a beer this old.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from volunteering the BBF back in September and have finally decided to enjoy after a nice Saturday night working at the restaurant. 11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a small head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some lacing on the glass. A hazy and thick brown with no clarity and they signs of carbonation coming up the sides of the glass.

Smell: dark fruits baby. bananas, raisins, molasses, figs, plums, cherries, holy smokes. Super malty too. Can't wait to try a sip.

Taste: all of above is blended well, alcohol is noticeable given the 8.5%, delidious too.

Mouthfeel: carbonation seemed high, but still easily smooth enough to drink, full bodied, sipper, got easier to drink as it got warmer, and super delicious.

Overall: Pretty solid beer and wish I waited more than 5 months to enjoy it. Oh well, it was still enjoyable and enjoyed to the last drop. Need to get me more of this soon and sit on it for a few years. I still more beers from volunteering in my stash and not sure what I am going to move on to next.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a very dark brown color with a ½” light tan head that persists and leaves behind spider web lacing as it recedes. Sipping creates more spider web lacing which clings to the sides of the glass so that when the beer is more than half done there is an intricate network of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is rich and full of figs and dark caramel. There are also hints of tobacco and licorice.

Taste: The flavors were strong and assertive, with tobacco and licorice showing first and most strongly. Then the fruitiness emerged with both dark fruit (figs and plums) and orchard fruits (apples and pears) popping out here and there. There was some sweetness that reminds of caramelized brown sugar. Eventually some nice chocolate puts in an appearance as well.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium bodied and quite smooth. The carbonation is active, persistent and just strong enough to keep things active. The finish is relatively long with a touch of alcohol noticeable as it slides through the fruitiness to a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Initially my impression was that this was a bit strong and overwhelming. But as I sipped my way through I found that each sip followed the last naturally and easily. If pressed for two words to describe this beer I’d say they are “complex” and “complex.” ☺ But I would not use the word subtle. This one is assertive and lets you know it is there, even though some flavors take a while to emerge. My overall impression was that this beer deserves close attention and the time spent to enjoy it slowly it as it warms through a range of temperatures.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown body. Three finger head stays nicely with good lacing.

Aromas of figs, caramel, toffee, butterscotch.

Taste is more restrained than the nose would indicate. Warmly alcoholic with sherry notes. Belgian yeast, raisins, fruitcake.

Mouthfeel quite light for the ABV. A little creamy.

Good example of style, however, somewhat light overall of flavour.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -27%

Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 891 ratings
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