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


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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NosirIwont (2011) - Aalborg Vestby, - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle. 9.0%. Best before 07.01.13. As ’Gouden Carolus Easter Beer’. Pours a dark, hazy amber-brown with a khaki head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet and a bit tart, with strong notes of dark fruit and anise, faint notes of cloves and nut and an alcoholic overtone. Okay, but somewhat cloying. Sweet, dark fruit, caramel and anise flavour. Same finish, a bit tart and with a lingering alchohol touch. Remote note of citrus hops. Overall well-made, but the anise is too cloying for my liking. 18.12.12.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18146) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma with weak hints of dark fruit. Sweetish malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty spicy caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zita (5053) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2015
nice sweeet licorice aroma,brown, off white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice harmonic licorice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (7051) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2015
Amber coloured and clear. Has an off-white head, medium duration. Sweet aroma, notes of anise. Flavor is sweet, notes of anise, malty sweet, faint bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1882) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2015
February 14, 2015. Bottle at home, bottled february 15, 2013.
Deep ruby red with a creamy yellowish head. Aroma is raisins, caramel, alcohol, licorice and spices. Taste is very sweet with dried fruits and caramel and licorice. Finish is sweet malty, with spicy notes. Medium to full bodied, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11052) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle. 10.5 ABV BB2016. Frothy off-white good mostly deminishing head. Dark amber colour. Moderate bitter flavor. Anis notes. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (2104) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2015
750 ml bottle 2013 vintage. Pours a deep mahogany with moderate head. Aromas of candi sugar, cough syrup, anise, raisins and other dried dark fruit. Flavors of dark sugar, roasted malts, dark fruit, citrus peel and nicely balanced spice. A great Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (5421) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2014
750 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet. BB date 15/02/2013. ABV is 10.5%. Beautiful chestnut colour, huge beige head. Aroma of brown kandij sugar, caramel and spices, including anise. The flavour has the same elements as the aroma. Minimal hops. Skip the anise please, and I might buy the beer again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DJoer (863) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2014
Medium brown mokka head, dark brown to black colour, sweet caramel some herbs smell, medium carbonation low bitter sweet caramel some herbs taste some liquorise

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Holmen1 (3022) - 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Holmen2 (1406) - 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.

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