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

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RATINGS: 268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NosirIwont (2263) - Frederikssund, - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (3380) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2016
750ml bottle pours deep amber with a off white head. Aroma of caramel, licorice, yeast and grains. Taste is licorice, fruit, grains and caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kingaugusta (181) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2016
Pours clear copper with an off white head. Plenty of star anise and candy on the nose with a little booze and bread. The sweetness and spice temper a little in the mouthful but are still strong. Finish is a bit dryer and smoothes out like a tripel. Weird but enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
benpickens (473) - Camarillo, California, USA - MAR 28, 2016
Pours cloudy reddish brown with no head only soapy bubbles; aromas of port. sherry, plums, and fruitcake; carbonated palate with off-dry finish. Reminds me of Kasteel Donker beer

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paulvanpelt (485) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2016
UPDATED: APR 5, 2016 Donker hazelnootbruin bier. Troebel, kleine lichtbeige kraag. Aroma van laurierdrop, anijs, mout, abrikoos. Smaak is zoet met een licht bittertje. Beetje droog. Vol, complex. Medium co2 en olie-achtige film.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (3062) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
Stor 75 cl-flaska från SB. Påsköl 2015 BBD April-17. Mahognyfärgade med högt bestående beige skum som lämnar rejäla gardiner. Ett kraftfullt öl i belgisk abs-tradition. Rejäl kropp, alkoholvärme och stor men vid det här laget ganska väl integrerad sötma. Kanderat socker, lite aniskryddighet, torkad frukt. Avslutningen torrare med en kryddig lätt anissmakande beska. Kraftfullt och skulle kunna ligga några år till men redan nu riktigt bra.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (2131) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2016
Aroma: Smelling of bread, orange, anis and yeast.
Appearance: A dark brown colored beer. A off-white head with good lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting sweet burnt sugar, bread, raisins and licorice.
Palate: Medium carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A big body.
Overall: Very stylish. Could probably have been aged a few years more.
Note: BB 03/01/2017 Reviewed 2016-03-26.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brnandersen (3082) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2016
75 cl bottle, shared. Hazy, amber colour with a thin, lightly tanned head. Sweet aroma with caramel malts, spices, liquorice, yeasts and dark dried fruits. Some candid sugar. Taste is sweet. Full body with an oily texture and a soft carbonation. Finishes sweet and fruity with liquorice, yeasts and dark, dried fruits. Subtle alcohol dense notes. Excellent, hearty Belgian.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK (4056) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Draft at fire works leesburg. Pours brown with an inch of khaki foam. Lovely Belgian yeast with a dark fruit essence. Big molasses notes on the tongue. Finished clean. Hides it's booze well. Nice! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansalon (2663) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
Pours a very dark brown, nearly black with a medium off white head. Aromas of raisins, muscovado sugar, roasted malt, liquorice. Taste is quite sweet with a robust malty roasted backbone. Medium carbonation with a quite substantial body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rami_pl (1466) - 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.


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