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Gouden Carolus Classic

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Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Het Anker Brewery still brews "The Emperor’s Beer" which is top-fermented and bottle conditioned following traditional methods. Its high gravity (O.G. 1080-85) combines the warmth of wine and the freshness of beer. Gouden Carolus is one of the strongest and most exciting beers in the world. After lengthy maturing and conditioning, it is bottled unfiltered, giving a beer which is rich in vitamins and 100% natural. Gouden Carolus has unlimited storage (it even improves with age) and will charm you with its warm coppery colour and rich bouquet.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (4079) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 4, 2015
330 ml bottle with about a years age, dark brown color without much head. Aroma shows me dark bread, sugar, roasted barley, and yeast.

The flavor is light fig, raisin, pumpernickel bread, sugary caramel and subtle yeast. Secondary hints of spice and chocolate. Nice layered flavor, good depth. Medium body with a fine carbonation level, mildly creamy. Classic example of a Belgian dark ale, should be on your must sample list, especially for a lover of the style.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGCostaNeves (65) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 24, 2015
Color dark brown almost a burgundy. A Beige Cream, thin and low duration. Ties are left on the edge of the cup along the tasting. Its aroma is fruity with a grip predominance of nuts, berries, raisins, with a perennial reminder of almost a nice wine. The taste is sublime and mark the presence of toasted malts and sweetened and licorosa with a caramelized toffee, plums, raisins, truffle, roasted coffee and dark chocolate tones. Very well bodied and fully complex in its construction with a strong presence of alcohol by heat strength, but that at no time hurts the whole. Medium carbonation and subtly bitter end with a counterpoint of light sweetness. A classic that should be present in your cellar!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Werckmeister (590) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 24, 2015
bottle at home. BB 27.06.2016. dark brown color. medium big tan head. strong malty sweet taste, some burned malts, bread, light liqueurish, some dried fruits, smells gets nicer after head completely dissolves, plums. full body, very bubbly carbonation, full mouthfeel. strong malty sweet taste, some dried fruits, grapes, bread, liqueurish, light (warming) alcoholic, some citric notes, light dry / light fruity sour (acidic) finish. Kinda weird one, at first I neither liked smell or taste, but both get better after a while. In general I dont like bitter / sweet beers like this one. But overall its quite decent. Expected a bit more though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mjansen1310 (108) - Soest, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2015
0,33 liter bottle. Cola brown beer with nice white head. Tastes like darkfruit, combined with caramel, light alcoholy. Winner from start to finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ZeppelinNL (29) - NETHERLANDS - APR 15, 2015
The word ’classic’ here may be taken literally. An amazing beer, with a rich taste. I can’t even find the words to describe this

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meireteixeira (83) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 11, 2015
Cerveja marrom, turva, espuma cremosa. Aroma alcoólico, intenso de malte com notas de frutas escuras. Paladar também alcoólico, caramelo. Excelente!!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lello4ever (204) - ITALY - APR 10, 2015
Ottimo aspetto, colore ambrascuro e deciso con riflessi rossi e schiuma beige abbastanza persistente. Ha un aroma leggermente meno fruttato della Cuvee. Al palato è un po’ più dolce, si nota il malto, il caramello e anche una punta di spezie, sul finale appena amara. Corposa e dalla consistenza decisa in bocca, con alcool per nulla nascosto, non molto frizzante. Strong ale assolutamente da provare.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2262) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 8, 2015
Poured from 330ml bottle after cellaring for over 3 years. Clear, mahogany-brown with a 2-finger tan head and very good lacing. Wonderful aroma of dark fruit (plums, raisins, dates, cherries et al.), caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. Taste of dark fruit (with lots of cherries and dates), dark caramel and vanilla. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jice (156) - Grenoble, FRANCE - APR 4, 2015
Bière brune, à l’apéritif et pour le repas. Très douce, agréable, à réévaluer une autre fois en fin de repas cette fois.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ysok02 (223) - MOns, BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2015
Robe brune, reflets ambrés, belle mousse. Nez puissant et complexe sur les épices, le cuir, la fourrure, sur un fond balsamique, vineux et une pointe de cerise. Bouche à l’attaque épicée, assez élégante mais qui manque un peu d’ampleur à mon goût, finale élégante sur les épices et un coté doucereux. Une bière puissante pour l’après repas


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