forst (9) - ITALY - JAN 25, 2009 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yellow color, nice white head. Incredibly tasty, starts almost sweet (in the classic Carolus style) and then you get the full hop explosion, with a definetely unusual combination of them. Found it pretty easily bottled in north Italy belgian beer pubs, and now even on draft.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, citrus, some noble and/or grassy hops. Taste is mildly hoppy, balanced fairly well with the malt. Belgian yeast, mild sugar, citrus and mild corn. Pretty good.
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 25cl. Pours a nice golden/yellow color with a grandious foamy head! Aroma is filled with citrus,hops and some apple. Taste is bitter with lots of apples and hops and a spicey finish.
BBB63 (6474) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked bottle and served in my big ole Karmeliet tulip: Clean golden hue topped by a HUGE fluffy head and left spotty lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of grassy and herbal hops, slight dusty yeast esters, biscuity malts and a touch of apple and citrus. The taste is moderately (by Belgian standards) hoppy with a surprising peppery spice finish. A bit chalky and dry malt midsection that does take away some enjoyment for the overall palate. The mouth feel is as expected to be, very sprite and aggressive with a medicinal finish. Overall much better than the first time I tried this (of course I was also trashed when I had it the first time resulting in a deleted rating). Still, I am remissed to say that this is not worth the price of $9 a bottle.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden with huge head. Mix of bubble gum belgian yeast and citrus hops in the aroma. Taste is more of the same. Big bitterness in the finish is a bit over the top. Light to medium body could be bumped up a bit. Lots of carb.
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
How about some more head with my beer? No seriously. Pretty bold for a Belgian blonde - lots of citrus, lots of hops. But definitely not like the usual hop fix. Dry with spicy/peppery citrus at the end. Aftertaste lingers for a while.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: An uber-hoppy sharp Belgian blonde ale. Intense. Excellent.
How: Bottle 750ml, about 6 months old or less
The look: Cloudy blonde body topped by a large persistent white head
In long: I’ve rarely had a well-malted beer that had so little malt-related flavour. The hopping of this beer is over the top. A ton of spicy dry grassy hops and then some more. Slightly lemony/acidic touch. Fluffy/foamy body. Very sharp finish when cold. This is a rather aggressive beer, including the carbonation that is more than just lively. A thicker body would have been amazing but still this is a great beer. I didn’t mind it being somewhat unbalanced, this is a superb Belgian hop fix, something we don’t see very often. I’d drink this beer injour (I’m assuming injoor means “in extremely large quantity” in some Belgium dialect).
trevor211 (1437) - 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 (4902) - 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.