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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Photo of u2carew
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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Photo of Knapp85
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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Photo of SolipsismalCat
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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Photo of Bilymoonshine
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of evilkalla
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. I've had the bottle for almost two years but never got around to drinking it until now.

A: Very dark brown, almost opaque. Pours with half an inch of very foamy, thick head. A fair amount of carbonation is visible. Lacing on the glass is big-time thick.

S: Darker malts and candy sugar. Has a bready smell to it as well. Very nice.

T: Slightly sweet, with just a hint of bitterness. Tastes of dark candy sugar with a finish that sory of reminds me of coffee and butterscotch. Very, very smooth. The age in the bottle may have something to do with this. Very nice.

M: Smooth and slick, with just a hint of carbonation bite to it. Very nice.

O: Very solid, enjoyable dark belgian. I would definitely buy this again.

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of NightINgale
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle...

A - Slightly cloudy, dark brown body, with a splendid caramel-coloured head and nice fine lacing. The picture of this beer could be placed in the dictionary, under "Belgian strong dark ale". Excellent!

S - Chocolate, caramel, yeast, and DARK FRUITS! The aroma lets you know that you're about to taste something complex and deep. There is also a faint alcohol note in the smell, which may get stronger if you are serving the beer a little warmer.

T - Starts out sweet and malty, with a pronounced dark chocolate taste and some caramel. Don't let this description fool you, though, for this beer is all about dark fruit! Raisins, dates, prunes, a bit of cherry... This beer has an interesting and unique flavour feature: lingering prune flavour in the after-taste. Also some nice roastiness and not much bitterness. Flavourful all the way!

M - This beer is not for the faint-hearted in terms of its body. Quite thick, a little syrupy and a bit astringent, with an apparent alcohol presence. And yet this is a very smooth beer. You do taste the alcohol, but I wouldn't go as far as to call this a boozy beer. The warming sensation is a bonus, and your palate will appreciate the silky texture of this beer, after it warms up.

O - This isn't an acclaimed beer for no reason! There are more drinkable examples of this style of beer, but Gouden Carolus is certainly one of the most flavourful ones.

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Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of rekel
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Ryan1423
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of pettis
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gouden Carolus Classic pours a dark brown with frothy head that settles into a one cm lacing. Looks and smells delicious--spice, dark malt, and fruit in the nose. As the beer warms, the Belgian candi sugar comes through much more.

This ale tastes wonderful--even more spice, this time coming through as cinnamon or maybe clove, and fruit on top of a dark malty base. Finishes quite sweet, with the malt and candi sugar linger on the tongue.

Every swirl of the glass brings the head to a creamy froth, which makes for an excellent mouthfeel. Overall, a very satisfying drinking experience. One of the best, and most drinkable, Belgian strong dark ales I've had.

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Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Gouden Carolus Classic from Brouwerij Het Anker
4.11 out of 5 based on 883 ratings.
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