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Gouden Carolus Easter Ale (2010+)

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

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 225   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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Holmen1 (2784) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2014
Smaksprøve ombord på Fridtjofen: lett uklar, brunlig og med kort beige skum. Aroma og smak av mørk malt, svisker og noe lett brent og syrlig. Mild bitterhet også i ettersmaken. Ufrisk.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Holmen2 (1222) - NORWAY - DEC 7, 2014
Shared at yearly yule beer tasting on board Fridtjofen 06.12.14. Brown. Beige head. Aroma and taste of star anise.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (244) - Vista, California, USA - NOV 2, 2014
This is a very unique Belgian Strong Ale, fruity and earthy, packs a punch. 750 ml bottle poured into a schooner. Dark brown pour with a slight off white head, slight lacing. A little warm to serve at 63 degrees F., but still fine. Aroma of plum, cherry, chocolate, booze, hay, earth, raisin, and brown sugar. Has a vinous quality, reminding me of port. Medium sweet, light bitter, light sour, slight salty flavors. Full body, slick texture, soft carbonation, balanced finish. The sweet, fruity, spicy flavors are well balanced with the alcohol burn, making a delicious beer to serve with food, on par with wine. I recommend this ale for it’s unique flavor and balanced profile.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 22, 2014
THOUGHTS: Finally found the Easter one. I think it’s the only one of the Gouden Carolus beers I hadn’t tried. Nifty, a licorice beer for Easter. Hid alcohol incredibly well. Slightly less complex than most Gouden Carolus beer, but somehow even easier to drink. Nice but subtle. TECHNICAL: Drank 4/1/2013. Bottle. Poured a very dark brownish red with red highlights and and average, off-white head that kept a decent sheet and left good to excellent lacing. The aroma had molasses, caramel, dark Belgian candy sugar; hints of chocolate; light spicy yeast; hints of maple syrup; slight hints of vanilla; anise; black licorice; and dark fruit. The initial flavor was moderate sweet; while the finish was heavily sweet and lightly bitter with an average duration. There was light roasted malt, caramel malt, dark candy sugar, anise, black licorice, cola, vanilla, watered down coffee, a little chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavor overall seemed a little watered down. The medium body was oily with soft but tingly carbonation and a lightly astringent finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alusmamuts (498) - LATVIA - SEP 21, 2014
Dark brown almost black with medium yellow creamy head. Very mild taste with strong liquorice note over all the tongue. Some remaining bitterness on the root.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2324) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle. Heavy dark bread, cereal, roasted and milk chocolate for the malt, moderate orange, dough and dried leaves, with dried fig, raisin, date and nutmeg. Head is small to average in size, fizzy/frothy, beige with excellent yet thin lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is muddy dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly to mkoderately acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, creamy with a lively carbonation and a heavily alcoholic finish. Heavy doses of dark dried fruits puts this Belgian Strong Ale over the top.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peter_L (892) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
Flaska från Belgoklubben. Brunsvart vätska med tjockt kaffefärgat skum. En doftexplosion av fikon, anis, fänkol och bränt socker. Fruktig smak med en 110%-procentig munfyllnad. Eldig med tobakig smak. Låång eftersmak. Okomplex och okomplicerad, men god.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikske79 (1248) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
Een zeer lekker bier met een goede stevige smaak. Ik vond het echt de moeite.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2386) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2014
Bottle from Toft Vin, Copenhagen - dark amber pour with off white head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, caramel, toffee, marzipan, dried fruity, light spice in the finish. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
Big bottle, corked & caged. Very hazy yellow gold, towering white head. Mildly estery and spicy, cooked pineapple, light marzipan, honey. Nice.


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