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%
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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (8915) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2014
Big bottle, corked & caged. Very hazy yellow gold, towering white head. Mildly estery and spicy, cooked pineapple, light marzipan, honey. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8789) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (8782) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (8685) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skinnyviking (8494) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle. High fluffy off-white lasting head. Very dark brown body. Roasted malt caramel coffee and an awful lot of star anise is present is aroma and flavor. Im my opionion the star anise is too dominant and too much of a good thing. Low carbonation, long aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (8242) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8122) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle 2011 Vintage. Toffee beer with a dark cream colored head. Caramel and dark fruit aroma with yeast and banana. Big caramel and dried fruit flavor with yeast and light spice. Medium bodied. Big caramel and yeast lingers with light spice and light fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (8069) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2011
75cl bottle shared with a friend Thin white head. Clear amber pour. Lovely beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (7887) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7768) - 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!

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