trevor211 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I become more impressed with Gouden Carolus beers every time I pop one open. They’re never superb, but they’re always very tasty, and they have a liveliness that is just great. This one is no exception. I don’t get a ton of hops out of it, though. Pours like a champagne - a *huge* head, even with a slow pour - though it dissipates quickly. Very light golden color. Apple cider (Martinelli’s) and pear in the aroma, along with some hops and a honey sweetness. The hops come through more powerfully in the flavor, which presents a bitterness to counter what is otherwise a very sweet beer. Well-balanced, effervescent... this one would be great to celebrate an occasion on a budget, as it’s really very much like champagne. Good stuff!
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap, pours cloudy orange with a white head that laces well. Aroma is all hops. Taste is sweet with a bitter undertone, ends fairly bitter with a dryness.
dwyerpg (4755) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Some hops, maybe a bit soapy in aroma. Pours with a gigantic amount of head. A hop bite shows up first, then slowly turns into more of a spice flavor. A smooth non-bitter finish. Quite nice. Maybe the best I’ve had from these guys.
Eructoblaster (3272) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 330ml. Hazy golden body with average carbonation and a thick, lasting white foamy head. Well balanced hoppy aroma with grassy and coriander hints. Sharp hoppy taste that carries, herbal, flowery and grapefruit notes. Ends with a long bitter/herbal finish. Very good!
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pale, hazy gold, with a massive three inch head of porous foam.
A slow retreat revealed a myriad of ripped sheets of lacework, and a full, rocky skim coat for the duration.
Grassy, earthy, spicey overtones lead off the aromatics. Wet hay, spruce dew on moss, orange peel, lemon zest, and melon rind follow through.
Light malt with a great combination of citrus and spice.
Dry, crisp, and spritzy mouthfeel. Quenchingly snappy, light bodied, and effervescent.
Lemon pith, dried apricots, white pepper, spruce bark and grapefruit start the pallet.
Light malt, fresh cut hay, and warming alcohol follow through.
Finishes with a lingering, drying bitterness, spice-laden citrus, and a hint of pineapple skin.
Great beer. Plenty lively and full of character. Highly drinkable without becoming boring.
KyotoLefty (7173) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2011 Very hoppy aroma with citrus and a bit of pine. Dry, hoppy flavor, citrus, grass, hay, and a touch of honey. Very light malt presence that is a bit over-shadowed but it works well anyhow. Dry as a bone. Champagne-like. Lots of carbonation. Very long, hoppy, finish. I like this stuff.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dynamic beer. I won’t get too specific except to say this: This brew is versatile. I find too many Belgian beers to be cloying and thin bodied or just too one-dimensional. I really think this beer is a hit! It has characteristics of a classic witbier, the drinkability of a well made German hefe and the bright hoppiness of something like Victory’s Prima Pils. It’s deliciously dangerous at 8% and can appeal to both the Blue Moon drinker or the elitist beer snob that YOU probably are or aspire to be! ;) To me, a year-round winner!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle pours a soft gold, great clarity with a tall small bubbled white head. Dry and crisp with a soft fruity finish. Hops provide a soft bitterness, hints of citrus pair nicely against the yeast esters. Great balance and oh so drinkable.
Sten (694) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy golden coloured beer with a nice white head. Fruity in the nose. Dry bittery taste. Good quenching beer. Full body.(Bottle 33cl)
Strykzone (5350) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Because of the explosive head patience is required while pouring this beer. Some solids on the final pour of the 750. Slightly cloudy honey gold color. Massive lacing acing is almost powdery. Aroma is honey, Simcoe hops, grass, and faint spice. While not a big aroma it is nice. This is a well hopped beer. They are citrus, grass, and floral. There is a distinct bitterness that lingers following each sip. It is somewhat acidic and has a peppery zing. Alcohol is not noticed until well into the bottle and it gets spicier as the beer warms. The hops combine to make a delightful beer. Very good.