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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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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (1065) - Warszawa, POLAND - DEC 26, 2015
butelka wigilijnie. nie pamietam warki, ale mialo chyba ze 3 lata. nieco piaskowo-brazowawe piwo, z niewysoka piana, metnawe lekko. duzo slodowych aromatow, od chleba i pumpernikla przez troszke karmelu, tostow. sporo bananow. sporo innych owocow suszonych. nieco przyprawowosci i to tej korzennej nie pikantnej. w ustach slodkie, pelne a azarazem delikatne, bardzo fajnie to razem poukladane. o dziwo dosc lekkie w odbiorze. baardzo dobre piwo.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jayb0 (1122) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Very pleasant quaff, Soft, lighter on the palate than you would expect but still full bodied and warming. Will pair well with a multi-course meal with various dishes.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
k0mpsa (2106) - Tuusula, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2015
Bb 5.2.2016. Aged around 3 years. Dark brown color, white head. Aroma has raisins, plums, spices, licorice, some wooden notes. Sweet malts, raisins, wooden notes, caramel.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jawlo (293) - Katowice, POLAND - SEP 17, 2015
Aromat: rodzynki, suszone owoce, tosty, karmel, delikatne brzoskwinie. Wygląd: barwa ciemno miedziana, piana średnio obfita, ale ładnie oblepia szkło. Smak: dość słodkie, głównie brzoskwinie i rodzynki, karmel i tosty na drugim planie, goryczka raczej niska, alkohol lekko grzeje w przełyku. Tekstura: treściwe, ale nie gęste, gładkie, wysycenie umiarkowane. Ogólne wrażenie: bardzo dobry intensywny i złożony aromat oraz smak, alkohol ładnie ułożony, słodycz odpowiednio zbalansowana, co sprawia, że piwo nie jest cięzkie, ani męczące.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alteregoo (558) - POLAND - AUG 18, 2015
Pana spora, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, po kilku minutach opada do nieregularnej pierzynki. Barwa ciemno bordowa, mętna, z drobinkami drożdży. Zapach dość słodki - charakterystyczny belgijski zapach suszonych i kandyzowanych owoców, miodu spadziowego, khaki, likieru karmelowego oraz czerwonego pieprzu... W smaku podobnie, suszona gruszka, figi i daktyle połączone z namoczonymi w rumie rodzynkami, wielkanocnym keksem bakaliowym i słodkim winem z ciemnych winogron. Treściwe, lekko wyklejające, bogate, średnio nagazowane, z delikatną korzenną goryczką i przyprawami (przede wszystkim gałka muszkatołowa i imbir) w posmaku oraz alkoholowym rozgrzewaniem w przełyku. Piwo świąteczne, kojarzące się z wielkanocnym ciastem, słodkie, deserowe, bogate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3578) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2015
2015 bottle. The cork just limped out of the bottle but it was carbonated when poured. Clear, chestnut brown color with ruby highlights and a thin khaki head. Pretty big aroma of sweet malt, demerara sugar, Belgian yeast and a hint of hops. That is classic Belgian dark ale except maybe a touch thin right now but could develop over time. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
stchloe (911) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Darker and sweeter body that still drinks light, as it warms anise fennel notes really come to dominate

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4003) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2015
(draft @ MacGregor’s - Henrietta, NY) Brown pour with a puffy tan head. Caramel aroma with yeast and spice underneath. Flavor is a lot of sweet malts with hints of caramel and toffee. Smooth and well blended but nothing really special.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffLover (112) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Stick with the Noel and Blue for a better experience. This is good, but not in the league of the others.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Martinus (4317) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2015
Dark reddish brown colour, firm cream head. Aroma of liquorice, iron, caramel, malts. Light bitter flavour, caramel, burned sugar, roasted malts, sweet brown sugar, iron. Quite pronounced minerals. Finish caramel, dark, somewhat burned caramel, iron, roasted malts, liquorice root, brown sugar. Too bad of the strong iron notes.
(from 75cL bottle shared @ home. Procured at the brewery in 2012 or 2013. BBF 12 Feb ?16 - and definitely not a golden ale)


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