Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Golden Ale/Blond Ale
Mechelen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Cask; Wetherspoon Special.
This is a full-tasting, but deceptively drinkable, classic golden ale, with a clean, precise flavour and full hop character. Hops used: Goldings, Saaz.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bear53 (7) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2010 does not count
From a bottle. beautiful 2-3 finger wonderful white head as good as Duvel, vanilla, small citrus flavor, this ale is top shelf Belgan, I am in love although I love everything Carolus brews. Mouthfeel is refreshing not overly carbonated - next to Chimay one of my all time favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
twindadplus2 (677) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2009
Corked bottle 750ml bottle. Initial pour yielded nothing but a monstrous, foamy head that eventually gave way to some hazy yellowish amber beer. Sweet, spicy, fruity yeast aroma. Flavor is spiced fruit with a spicey hops bite up front fadinng into a buttery malt ending. Low end of medium bodied with a lightly oily palate. Interesting and tasty but a bit muddled at times.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2008
Cask handpull at County Hotel, Ashford. Belgian yeast and peach aroma. Bit watery in mouth. Decent blond ale, bit too sweet but nice to have something different

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jaminjimmy (6) - Clayton, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2008 does not count
Simple yet elegant, mouthfeel grew to be quite nice, not going to knock you off of your bar stool.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SilkTork (5565) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2008
Cask at JDW, Rochester during the Wetherspoon Festival, Nov, 2007 as Gouden Carolus Blond with Goldings & Saaz. Spicy blond with that balance of lager and ale that some blonds have. The spice dominates with some interesting yeast notes building in the finish. The malt feels thin and undistinguished, especially for a 5.5% - and that is probably the result of a fuller attenuation than is common for British ales. Long, lingering foam head - wheat? There are some wheat characteristics coming through - a slight tastiness and a sour note in the nose. Wheat is a feature of blond beers. The yeast is Belgian, and gives the Belgian character. Interesting drop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2007
Counting house at wetherspoons beer fest. (5.5%)Aroma is sweet and slightly butter spicey malts. Taste is similar, though a good amount of spice and pepperyness , perhaps even alcohol, balances.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berkshirejohn (6074) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2007
Cask (5.5%) at the William Morris (JDW), Hammersmith. Straw with a thin white head; fresh citrus aroma; smooth and oily with a citrus flavour with some spiceiness; a gently persistent bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2007
Cask at Banker’s Draft (JDW), Bedford, Wetherspoons Festival ’07. Gold with a small white head. Sugary aroma with unidentified exotica. Sweet malty taste, slightly spiced, with a bit of smokey bitterness. A little warm. Otherwise liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21887) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2007
CASK at standing order (edinburgh) beerfestival. Cliamed to be 5,5% ... Light amber ... light fresh hoppy nose ... sweet pleasent medicinal tones ... rich honeyish with hint of lime. There a nice flavour in this i cant quite place.

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