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


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RATINGS: 228   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6969) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2010
pours brown, off-white head aroma, touch of licorice goodness, caramel malts, dark fruits; prune and figs. flavors, just a lot of licorice in this one, making it very unique and tasty. Belgian yeast mouthfeel, chocolate malts followed by a lingering dark sugar sweetness along with a dark fruit finish. The licorice brings this one to a new level and a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (6860) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle from City Beer. Pours dark brown with a modest beige head and a fruity banana aroma. There is a hearty treacle and fruit flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish. Not very tasty.
Earlier Rating: 4/7/2010 Total Score: 4.1
On tap at The Trappist. Pours light brown with a thick tan head. This beer smells like Easter, with a strong candi sugar aroma. There is a pleasant and rich malt flavor with tastes of chocolate, raisin and candy. I would expect this beer to improve with aging, as the flavors need to blend a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6685) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2012
75 cl bottle. BBE 23.01.2015.
Pours clear dark ruby red color with medium sized head that collapses quickly. Aroma of sweet caramel, anise, belgian yeast, malts, spices and ripe fruits. Flavor of anise, caramel, mild toffee notes, yeast, malts, ripe and sour fruits, mils spicy notes and some vanilla on the aftertaste. Strong carbonation, complex, sweet palate with a sourish finish. A bit strong on the anise, but still a very nice easter beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6603) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 17, 2012
750 ml bottle.
Pours a deep copper brown colour with a white thick head. Aroma of strong anise, licorice and sweet ripe fruits. Flavour of strong anise, sweet plums, raisins, licorice, spices and herbs. Sour notes too. Full bodied, thick and somewhat sticky mouthfeel. Pleasant smooth finish of sweet malts, caramel and anise. Almost like a liquefied candy pastille.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6419) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bottle (labeled as 9% but probably wrong). Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, milk chocolate), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of sassafras, banana, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, alcohol, hint of tobacco. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A little too sweet for my tastes, but the nose is that telltale Anker banana-and-spices nose that their strong browns are known for...quite nice when it’s assertive enough (and this is, seems pretty fresh, did we really get 2013 bottles relatively in season???). Clean and delightful, just wish it was less boozy and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6335) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 25, 2014
Medium beige head. Clear dark brown body with carbonation. Spicy licorice and earth aroma with strong herbal notes. Dry-sweet licorice, coriander and earth taste with chocolatey, herbal notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, smooth, mealy mouthfeel with slight, slight well-disguised heat. Dryish herbal licorice aftertaste with earthy roasted sugar notes. Very nice and dangerously drinkable. (0.75l bottle, wine monopoly web order.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle:   Nice dark color, moderate to large foamy head, nice lacing.   Lots of anise in this one, some dark sweet bready notes but not heavy or cloying, smooth anise and some very soft dark pitted fruit.   Maybe some clove as well... yeah, clove.   Big on the Anise and Clove.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Clean finish, very enjoyable.   Great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6257) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2011
4/17/11. On tap. Hazy red pour with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma of fruitiness, yeast, metal, alcohol, and mint. Might be a bit oxidized. Slightly sweet fruity yeasty flavor at first that ends metallic, bitter, and herbal. Not bad!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (6151) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013
75 cl bottle (10,5%), BBE 23.01.2015
Aroma has lots of sweetish licorice, some anise and dark fruits. Flavour has really much anise, some licorice and hints of dark fruits. Also some stinging and warming alcohol in the finish. Rich and good, but the alcohol disturbs a bit here. Aging could do the trick.

At about 15°C this is a bit too sticky and stuffy. Adding the yeast (there was just very small amount at the bottom) makes this slightly more round and smooth.
Earlier Rating: 2/13/2012 Total Score: 3.9

75 cl bottle vintage 2010 (9%) @ Gastropub Tuulensuu, BBE 07.01.2012. Rated on 18.03.2011
Lots and lots of anise, some licorice and hints of spices too. Flavour has also lots of anise, some licorice and spices. Rather spicy, tasty and nice stuff in small amounts, but drinking the whole bottle would be a challenge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (6111) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle.Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma of licorice, malt, fruitiness, caramel and spices. Flavor is sweet and malty with some anise, malt and caramel. medium body, average carbonation.

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