vanvenlo (1145) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8 May 2004 - Luscious spiritous fruit malt aroma. Semi cloudy dark brown colour. Swwet long hop complex flavour. Lovely body with a long lingering taste. Like a fortified wine that warms the throat.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very sweet aroma, lots of caramel, cherries, toasted malts. Galvor is very sweet, lots of caramel, figs. Just too cloying for me.
hopdog (8450) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark reddish brown with a huge off white head. Malty, fruity and bready aromas. Sweet, spicy, and fruity tasting. Alcohol well hidden. Very good…
jonas (5445) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - AUG 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Neutral stale fruity nose.
Hazy brown, creamy head.
Rye bread flavors, nuts, preserved fruit, a hint of vegetable.
Medium body, fizzy mouthfeel.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear ruby-brown pour. Medium light brown head with decent lacing. Huge malty nose, tons of dark fruits, toasted notes, chocolatey richness, maybe even coffee, caramel and grapes reminiscent flavors, very estery anyway. Very appealing and powerful. In mouth, the typical initial Het Anker rich sweetness is luxuriously accompanied by drying out yeast. Smoky, woody and mineral long finish full of memories with an ever so slight alcohol hint and noble hop bitterness. Medium-full bodied, moderate to high carbonation, rich mouthfeel. Fantastic malty belgian, almost like a doppelbock, enormous level of sweetness included. Still, more balanced if not as rich as the grand cru, but perhaps less exciting than the noël as far as I’m concerned. That’s a bit like comparing napoleon and alexander the great though. A must.
ghawener (1432) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUL 31, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Dark brown with a heavy beige head. Aroma of burnt coffee and caramel. Alcohol comes through very strong killing all else and not allowing to appreciate anything else. At 8.5% this should not be an issue, it should not be noticable.
Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malty and light fruits, vapory, alcohol. Dark brown-red clear with small off-white head. Medium carbonation in medium body. Starts malty and sweet, with some fruitiness. Finish is sweet fruity. Light toffee finish, smooth sweet after. Very good.
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - JUL 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gouden Carolus Classic 8.5% alc..
Clear ruby, brownish (cappuccino-like) head, glass sticking but fastly disappearing.
Complex aroma, fruity (plum, dates, sweet cherry), cherry jam, candy sugar, candied orange.
Candy sugar sweetness, taste of candied fruit, bitter cocoa powder. Sweetness is more balanced by sourness than hop-bitterness.
Light mouthfeel strenght, well balanced, medium body.
[Gouden Carolus 8% alc. 2 years old. Light hazy, ruby colour, head fastly disappears, good lacing.
Aroma is more complex, preserved plum, vinous, candied orange, weak aroma of walnut liquor. Warm spicy in taste, with note of plum, clove, bitter cocoa.
Light to medium body, the same mouthfeelling of the other G.C., very smooth palate. Better than new version, maybe only for the longer maturation? Rate 8-4-8-3-17]
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red/brown color, creamy tan head. Aroma of malt, some plum, raisin, yeast. Great malt prescence, some light yeast, plum, vanilla, fairly sweet, bit of caramel and cherry. Comes across as rich and soft, no alcohol detected. The palate really allowed the flavors to gel in such a nice way. High quality stuff. The more I have from this brewery the more I like it.
JonMoore (1769) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours a dark red brown colour with little head. Aroma is sweet and malty, plus raisins and caramel. Raisins and caramel also in the taste, plus a roast/burnt sweetness and alcohol. Rounded mouthfeel, slight carbonation. Not bad but too sweet for me.