madsberg (10140) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 2002 vintage: Unclear amber coloured. Beige medium lasting head. Alcahol, fruits and liqourice in the aroma. Alcahol, malt and liquorice in the flaovour. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice alcahol sweetness in the end. Good one.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good strong malty beer, but the underlying sweetness is cloying and overpowering and makes this less enjoyable to me than the regular Gouden Carolus.
larsniclas (5564) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Vintage 2000.
Dark redbrown with almost no head. A lot of yeast-particles.
A warm and smooth aroma with juniperberries, prune, plum and menthol.
Soft and velvetly smooth palate.
A very complex flavour with a lot of dried fruits. Mmmmm!
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Vintage 2000.
Deep brown colour with a diminishing head. Fantastic velvetty and vineous aroma of dried fruits, prune, plum, menthol...! Flavour of dried fruits, marshmallow-menthol, plum, prune...! Velvetty mouthfeel.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown/ruby color with a thin head & syrupy body. Slightly vinegary smell. Good sweet malts with a hint of sourness & acidity. Roasted malts, caramel & just a bit bitter. Not quite as good as I expected.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JAN 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dense reddish brown apearance, good head formation.Rich, sweet, creamy malt aroma, bready, sweet caramel and alcohol evident. Sweet careamel/cotton candy flavor with licorice and slighlty roasted coffee touches. Plenty of fruitiness to enhance the sweetness but it really dries out well towards the end.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Vintage 2003 – Topped by a rocky tan head this clear ruby bodied beer is a sight to behold in my chalice. The aroma is that of plums, sweet caramel, and cherries. The flavor complements the aroma very nicely. There is a bit more of a buttery/woody character in the flavor then the aroma. Immediately after the swallow there is a little bit of an alcohol bite, which then contributes to a pleasant warmness throughout the mouth and throat. The body is medium with a slight stickiness to it. The alcohol flavor lingers a tad too long but overall this is a very nice beer.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 batch. Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with a small light tan head. Aroma is malt, paint thinner, tropical fruits, and banana. Flavor is very malty and yeasty with some nice dark fruit flavors. Body is very thick with a surprising quick finish. The beer grew on me with each sip. Good stuff.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JAN 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. brown, corked and caged bottle. 2003 batch. Poured out a murky, brown color, with a decent tan colored head that faded back to a thick lacing, a rim of foam around the rim, and thick mats of yeast floating in the middle of the beer. Aromas right away are of bananas. Smelled like fresh baked banana bread. Aromas of caramel, malts, and slight aromas of dried fruits. Mostly dates and dried apricots. Bready, yeasty tasting, along with pronounced banana flavors. Strong malty backbone carries this entire beer very well. An excellent example of Belgian beer brewing at it's best.
Thick mouthfeel, but not syrupy. Finishes sweet, and wet, not dry and astringent. I wish I could afford to drink this everyday.
At $7.99 each, I hardly think so.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottling, Sampled January 2004
The cork explodes from the bottle. A deep ruby color that is topped by a dark tan head. Aromas of plum, raisin, lots of dark malt aromas, and slight notes of alcohol emanate from my glass. The taste is rich and sweet with dark fruit (cherry, raisin, and fig) and alcohol in the finish. The mix of fruit and alcohol is evocative of brandy. Ends with a bit of acidity, which is a nice balancing note. The fruitiness is perhaps most reminiscent of dark cherries, though there are some subtle notes of peach as well.
This is quite good, very rich and a definite brew to savor. Could perhaps use something to balance the sweetness and fruitiness; maybe some Belgian yeast complexity or some off-setting spice notes. This beer is very smooth, with no harsh components despite the high alcohol.