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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: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mutz (684) - NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2015
Grote fles gekocht in Mechelen. Donkerbruin van kleur , de kraag verdwijnt snel tot een laagje op het bier dat lang blijft liggen. Ruikt zoetig, mout, bubblegum. Smaak is vrij zoet, bubblegum. beetje peper, hoestsiroop. Medium body. Een wat wrangzoete nasmaak. Niet zo mijn smaak.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (3544) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 25, 2015
750ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Cloudy dark brown color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Sweet, cummin seeds, raisins, brown sugars, dark bread in aroma. Dark bready, raisins, licorice, berries in taste. Pure breadyness in aftertaste. Nice full body. So bready. Beautiful brew!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (10083) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 24, 2015
750ml bottle
As I pour, there’s an absolutely beautiful winey cognacky aroma. In the glass it’s less special, but there’s tonnes of caraway. Absolutely beautiful soft malty body. Very nice hoppy finish, even has the fullness of hops that I expect from fresh hops. Love the soft sweet malty body, some mammi, lovely rye bread. Palate so smooth. Totally love this. Underrate?

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
suurjuust (1550) - ESTONIA - APR 24, 2015
Bottle. About five years old, over BB. Dark brown beer, medium beige head. Sugary, dried-fruity nose, yeast hints, spice notes. Flavor is more dried fruit, booze, spice, mild perfume and perfume in the finish. Very smooth and fruity, probably the aging in effect here.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Foffern (1384) - Bodř, NORWAY - APR 11, 2015
Bottle at home. Two years old. In the glass the beer is nut brown, and is somewhat unclear. There is formed a small, light beige foam head. Aroma is filled with dried fruit, but also anise, brown sugar, dark wood and some chocolate and some liqueur like. The taste has even more touch of raisins and prunes, and dark berries, anise and leather. Mouth feel is surprisingly light and smooth, and it is a light bitterness on this. An absolutely nice and balanced, dark strong Belgian ale that is just right complex.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bontus (666) - Flanders, BELGIUM - APR 7, 2015
Bottle, jaarmarkt Waasmunster. Pours mahogany murky brown. Spiced nose over burned malts. Quite some anise / staranise in the aroma, balanced but sweet, fondant chocolate. Not better than the original.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1313) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a ring of light tan head. Aroma of spice, yeast, and dark fruits. Taste of dark fruit, caramel, and a slight buzz of alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5911) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2015
Bottled from Systembolaget Dark brown with a tan head. Marzipan and almond in the aroma. Sweet and vinous flavour. Spicy marzipan.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (917) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - APR 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark amber brownish with a light tanned head. Aroma of light banana and clove and a sweet candylike aroma. Some vinous alcohol notes as well. Taste is sweet with candy and malts. Along with loads of estery fruity notes. Full body and high co2 level.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (5808) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2015
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Shady chestnut, medium beige head. Sugray, caramelly, with clear notes of aniseed. Full bodied, medium carbonation. Sweet with low bitterness.


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