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Gouden Carolus Classic Anno 58

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Brewn according to a recipe from 1958, this beer was a one time brew in 2008 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World Expo in Brussels. Sold in recycled vintage Carolus d’Or bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2015
bottle at Kulminator. Pours dark brown, wmall off-white head. Very nice dark malt aroma, a bit of apples, red cabbage and balsamic vinegar. Has evolved very beautifully, but what is striking is the density of the body compared with Gouden Carolus of these days. This should be their standard again - tasty ans full of character AND ageing potential.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCametron (2197) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle at De Kelk in Brugges. The barman was very accomodatin in there, so much so that I went to order something more expensive than this and he said that he had 2 bottles of this gear left that wasn’t on the menu. I’m a huge advocate of the Gouden Carolus range so this further cemented the excellent impression I have developed of Belgian hospitality. Poured a dark Reddish Brown with a Beige head. Aroma of heavy hitting Belgian ale. Dark, baked fruits. Plums & Raisin with candy sugar and a heavy Port like booziness. Reminded me a bit of the Kaizer Van Der Blauw which is one of my favourite all time beers. Having 7 years on it no doubt helped with the complexity and depth of flavour. A real treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fkoolen (671) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle at home, bought at Brugs Bier Festival 2015 (THT 21/06/11). Beautiful deep reddish brown colour, foamy beige head that dissappears quickly. Rich and complex vinous nose (filling the nostrils directly after popping the bottle) and taste big on red and dried fruits like berries and plums, ripe apples, liquorice, sweet madeira/porto tones, some nuts and spicy clove and ginger, herbal cough syrup, light but roasted malty notes with faint coffee and chocolate, slightly dusty. Lingering wine-like fruity and dry finish, beautifully lasting. No big abv. Medium body, low carbonation. Never tasted anything this close to beer perfection, amazing. #500th rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (37028) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2015
33 cl bottle. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small off white head. Aroma is dark roasted malty, breadish and liqourice. Dry, herbal, breadish, dark roasted. Light caramelish. Dark and roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (2820) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2015
Last vintage 2008 bottles poured & sold @BBF ’15, ZO. Massive sweet liquorice and sandalwood of HQ in aroma. Tastes like sweet Rooibos-infused Gouden Carolus, a weird spicy sort of ambermalty Speciale Belge. No abv noticeable whatsoever. Ends on refined, but dusty sweet notes of prune marmelade and dry plum wine. Nice mellow vintage, not my cup of Rooibos though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wim (3279) - Weelde, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2014
with yves at his home dark brown colored body with an off white head and a roasted malt hops caramel chocolate aroma a malt hops chocolat sweet fruity alcholic taste with a alcholic bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yves (2614) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2014
At my home with wim. Brown colored beer with small off-white head and no carbonation. Malty roasted alcoholic aroma. Medium sparkling palate. Finish is malty alcoholic ending bitter. De

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (3684) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
The famous Gouden Carolus Classic has been in existence since 1958 and this special version was brewed to the original recipe (which hadn’t changed much in its first fourty years, I suspect) and bottled with the same label - or print, in fact. Tasted at almost six years of age at Brugs Bierfestival 2014. Deep burgundy brown beer with off-white head and a wonderful aroma revealing a maderisation which has only added to the basic complexity of a Gouden Carolus Classic, sweetish, loads of candied fruits, chocolate, liquorice, marzipan, delicious warming alcohol in the finish, like and old port wine. I’ve always been a sucker for Gouden Carolus and this is easily the best one I ever had. Very memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jerre (3019) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2014
Taste @ Bab Beerfest. 01.02.’14. Clear dark reddish brown color, with a creamy beige head. Aroma: sweet, fruity, cherries, caramel, alcohol touch. Medium body. Taste: sweet, fruits, malts, caramel, alcohol touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8120) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2014
Bottle sample @ BAB’14. De couleur brune oscillant sur le cuivré, col léger beige. Arôme est fortement agréable offrant des notes de soja, vin cuit rappelant un Porto accompagné de fruité noir. Palais est profond au niveau des malts, fruits noirs rappelant le pruneau, date, léger soja, sucre brun avec en fin de bouche une petite note oxydée et léger sucre candy. Superbe, une bière de dessert à déguster et à savourer.

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