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Gouden Carolus Easter Ale (2010+)

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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Gouden Carolus Easter Ale is brewed once a year to commemorate Easter. It is a golden ale that is rich, full bodied and full of flavor and life. This ale was brewed and intended to drink with Easter dinner. This special brew may be laid down, it will increase in complexity and balance as years pass.
Gouden Carolus Easter Ale is the most limited production brew from the Het Anker brewery. Only 2000 cases are brewed each year.

The 2010 edition is a Dark Brown Ale at 9% ABV.
The 2011+ edition states Golden Ale on the label but is also a Dark Brown Ale at 10% ABV.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (9495) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Deep amber beer with a rich offwhite head. Fruity roffee aroma, caramal, spicy, raisins, figs, some plum. Fruity sweetish flavor from raisins, and figs, plums, toffee, warming alcohol, caramel, yeast and spice notes. full bodied and quite full of flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (2500) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: From Systembolaget, had at home.
Appearance: Amber colour with a white head.
Aroma: Dried fruit, anise, caramel, raisin, alcohol.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Liquorice, spices, fruit, plum, alcohol. A bit too much alcohol that shines through in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (3519) - Holbæk, DENMARK - APR 23, 2014
Bottle at DØE tasting. Dark amber. roma medium+ malty (carmel, roasted, dark fruit, anised). Flavor medium+ sweet, light bitter, ok balanced. Body medium to full.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerdedDave (126) - - APR 21, 2014
dark reddish brown color; spicy, fruity aroma; spicy, dark fruit flavor with notes of anise and raisins; dry, fruity, bitter finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stevoj (1707) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2014
Black licorice jelly beans, an Easter tradition, now in a bottle. Lots of anise and licorice in the aroma and taste, brown/black body with silky, but full, beige head. Sweet malt smell, licorice and ouzo on the finish, some slight alcohol warmth. This a new Easter tradition I could get used to!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (4091) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear dark mahogany with a large thick head. Aroma and taste of anis, chocolate, herbs, spices, caramel and malt. Sweet and with a fairly smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABT_S54 (99) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2014
UPDATED: APR 22, 2014 75cl bottle served in a Delirium Tremens glass. Pours a dark brown colour with an off white head. Very complex taste of malts, dried fruits, anise and herbal notes. Similar to the Christmas edition but the anise notes are more subdued and the sweetness is less prominent. This beer seems hugely susceptible to temperature. The first bottle served at the recommended 6-9 degrees was very good however, served at a higher temperature seems sickly sweet with burnt sugar and an almost barley wine richness. Serve as per the brewers recommendation. Very good Easter brew and a quality addition to the Gouden Carolus range.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Cloudy brown with good pale head. Aroma is anise, honey, spices, dark fruit. Full bodied, sweet on the palate, lots of complexity. Taste is anise, plum, candi sugar, dates, brown sugar, chocolate, raisins. So fucking delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (2103) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2014
Good, or very good if you're really into licorice, which I'm not. Nice appearance, mild aroma. The anise is overplayed and also tweaks the palate. Finish is also dominated by that. Soooo. ... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maarten1993 (200) - - APR 17, 2014
Drank with Rik 17-4-2014 at Hoegaarden. Looks nice dark. Taste is very very liquorice. Too bad. Unbalanced.


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