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

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RATINGS: 237   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NosirIwont (2044) - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aleksander9 (617) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2015
Red with tan head. Aroma is raisins, belgian spice, vanilla and licorice. Full raisins, booze, spice, licorice and vanilla. Overall: excellent!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaVillum (576) - Valby, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2015
750 ml/75 cl, flaske, 10,5 % ABV, 03/01/17, gave fra Kir’ og Roberto - tak! 20. marts 2015. Rødbrun ufiltreret belgian strong ale med stor offwhite skumtop på ungefär 5-6 cm.Denne svinder til gardiner, lille kant og overflade efter en halv snes minutter.Frugtrig aroma af blomme, tørret frugt, såsom rosin, og vinøs alkohol. Koriander og yderligere "nede" er der remonce.Smagen er klart sødlig, men med behagelig krydret bitterhed, som god solid følgesvend. Fin balance og en opsummering må lyde: mellem til solid sødme, mellem bitter og zero surhed eller salt. Rund og fyldig krop med en ganske potent karbonering på et medium niveau eller lidt over. Er bedre efter "afbrusning" IMO. Konsistensen er klæbrig og fedtet, og mundfølelsen fin efter den føromtalte af- eller nedbrusning. Afslutningen er bittersød og medium lang.En udmærket sæson- eller påskeøl, der dog ligner andre øl fra Het Anker. Skiller denne sig ud fra de andre? Nja... men der er solidt håndværk.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hanoi (532) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle. Nose is licorice, star anise, orange, dough, cellar, vanilla, candy sugar, plums, slight strawberry and banana, very very appealing. Taste is strawberry leading to a dubble note of nut, slight cola, candy sugar, spice, anise, hint or licorice molasses, slight pepper, some dark fruit, dark fruit, chocolate in the rich finish. Mouthfeel is fine. I enjoyed this much more than I was expecting, I’ve never been that bothered on Carolus, which very sweet, this was a really enjoyable well balanced spiced dubbel.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
heman (132) - Tychy, POLAND - MAR 1, 2015
Aromat bardzo słodki, głównie słody i lekki karmel. Z tyłu delikatne suszone owoce (rodzynki) i nuty ziołowe, prawdopodobnie pochodzące od belgijskich drożdży. Barwa ciemno bursztynowa czy rubinowa. Piana raczej słaba, ale ładnie oblepia szkło. Już przy nalewaniu piwo wydaje się bardzo gęste. Piwo to przede wszystkim potęga słodowa, jest bardzo pełne i słodkie. W smaku lekko wyczuwalny karmel, może lukrecja, końcówka to goryczka alkoholowa. Alkohol jest wyraźnie wyczuwalny, rozgrzewanie przyjemnie rozchodzi się po całym gardle i przełyku. Szybko uderza do głowy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18351) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zita (5138) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (7125) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1936) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11131) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (2164) - 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.


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