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


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RATINGS: 193   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (5962) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5958) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5560) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Sweet belgian yeast, dust, hay. Orange golden pour, fluffy huge head. Honey, dusty wheat, sweet belgian yeast, corriander? Oranges. Dusty and dry. Huge carbonation. Light alcohol. A little herbal notes in finish. A little sugary sweetness too. Dry and effervescent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (5341) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (5338) - 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 16/20
olio (5272) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PorterPounder (5196) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 750 ml caged corked bottle - consumed on Easter Sunday. Dark brown pour with a sticky khaki colored head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Fragrant aroma with some licorice, brown sugar, cotton candy and apricots. Flavor is full bodied and delicious with some bubble gum, chocolate, brown sugar, dates and raisins and just a hint of vanilla. Very delicious. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Excellent - best Belgian I have had in a long time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle - corked and caged. Lotn° 13008 05/02/2013. Dark coppery pour with a short tan head. Aroma is dark fruit notes, toasted grains, sweet malt, strong yeast notes and soft caramel. Taste is abundant yeast, flowery notes, toasted malt, sweet malt, light caramel, dark fruit notes, herbal notes and hints of licorice. Body is medium with a strong, steady, bubbly carbonation. Finishes with more soft herbal notes, light licorice, caramel, yeast flowery notes, sweet malt, dark fruit and toasted grains.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2010
750ml Bottle: Aroma of dark ripe fruit, raisins, cola, and licorice. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, light raisin, licorice, slight brown sugar, cola, and light candi sugar. Medium to full body. Tingly texture. Lively carbonation. Medium sweet, lightly bitter, malt, dark ripe fruit, and licorice finish. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (4945) - 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.

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