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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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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4.15/5  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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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick head then settles to a thin lacing on top. Dark mahogany body.
S) Raisins. Plums. Roasted malts.
T) Brown sugar. Hints of molasses and clove. Finishes with a hint of alcohol.
M) Fizzy. Medium body. Alcohol warmth.
O) A delicious Belgian brew. I would definitely have another one.

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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a dark brown color with a fluffy tan colored head on top. The retention isn't too bad here along with the lacing. The smell of the beer is lightly malty with some roasted aromas. The taste of the beer was pretty good, lots of malty flavors in there along with some burnt flavors. The mouthfeel was nice, lightly creamy feel along with some good carbonation. Overall this beer was good, I would probably try it again one day.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Troegs Mad Elf.

A: Dark amber with particles and three-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a while and left great lacing.

S: Dark fruit like sugar candy. Some yeast.

T: Solid sweetness and light bitterness. Complex, spicy, Belgian yeast. Pretty good.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Silky smooth and warm. Slightly dry.

O: Looks great, smells so sweet, and tastes like a great Belgian ale. Smooth, warm feel too. This is definitely better than the Troegs Mad Elf.

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