Het Anker Gouden Carolus Classic Anno 58

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Brewn according to a recipe from 1958, this beer was a one time brew in 2008 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World Expo in Brussels. Sold in recycled vintage Carolus dOr bottles.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Evilman (222) - Taverny, FRANCE - MAY 22, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2017 Unfortunately, I had to drink this one quite quickly, on tap, way too cold, @Le Falstaff, Paris, ?cause I was supra-late to get back home... Yet, this was a pretty good drink without a doubt! Rather close to the Gouden Carolus Classic, with a deep and very sweet palate, hints of caramel and chocolate, that?s everything I like about strong or dark beers so there was many aspects I enjoyed a lot in this one. Alcohol was apparently quite well hidden, but once again, It was way too cold to judge perfectly... Still, a pretty fucking great one. Definitely APPROVED BY TAVERNY?S BLACK METAL CREW!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aminatchime (132) - BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2017
Donkerbruine kleur met wit-beige schuimkraag. Geur is oud en hout. Smaak is een tikkeltje karamel, een beetje rood fruit en een klein zoetigheidje.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (3263) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle @ Kulminator (rating from 2 years ago). Dark brown, beige foam. Sweet nose of caramel, plums, red fruits. Sweet and fruity.Malty, full body. Very well balanced. Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - NOV 22, 2015
bottle at Kulminator. Pours dark brown, wmall off-white head. Very nice dark malt aroma, a bit of apples, red cabbage and balsamic vinegar. Has evolved very beautifully, but what is striking is the density of the body compared with Gouden Carolus of these days. This should be their standard again - tasty ans full of character AND ageing potential.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle at De Kelk in Brugges. The barman was very accomodatin in there, so much so that I went to order something more expensive than this and he said that he had 2 bottles of this gear left that wasnt on the menu. Im a huge advocate of the Gouden Carolus range so this further cemented the excellent impression I have developed of Belgian hospitality. Poured a dark Reddish Brown with a Beige head. Aroma of heavy hitting Belgian ale. Dark, baked fruits. Plums & Raisin with candy sugar and a heavy Port like booziness. Reminded me a bit of the Kaizer Van Der Blauw which is one of my favourite all time beers. Having 7 years on it no doubt helped with the complexity and depth of flavour. A real treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fkoolen (1157) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2015
Bottle at home, bought at Brugs Bier Festival 2015 (THT 21/06/11). Beautiful deep reddish brown colour, foamy beige head that dissappears quickly. Rich and complex vinous nose (filling the nostrils directly after popping the bottle) and taste big on red and dried fruits like berries and plums, ripe apples, liquorice, sweet madeira/porto tones, some nuts and spicy clove and ginger, herbal cough syrup, light but roasted malty notes with faint coffee and chocolate, slightly dusty. Lingering wine-like fruity and dry finish, beautifully lasting. No big abv. Medium body, low carbonation. Never tasted anything this close to beer perfection, amazing. #500th rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (44220) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2015
33 cl bottle. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small off white head. Aroma is dark roasted malty, breadish and liqourice. Dry, herbal, breadish, dark roasted. Light caramelish. Dark and roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bartlebier (3934) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 18, 2015
Last vintage 2008 bottles poured & sold @BBF 15, ZO. Massive sweet liquorice and sandalwood of HQ in aroma. Tastes like sweet Rooibos-infused Gouden Carolus, a weird spicy sort of ambermalty Speciale Belge. No abv noticeable whatsoever. Ends on refined, but dusty sweet notes of prune marmelade and dry plum wine. Nice mellow vintage, not my cup of Rooibos though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wim (3917) - Weelde, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2014
with yves at his home dark brown colored body with an off white head and a roasted malt hops caramel chocolate aroma a malt hops chocolat sweet fruity alcholic taste with a alcholic bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yves (3013) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2014
At my home with wim. Brown colored beer with small off-white head and no carbonation. Malty roasted alcoholic aroma. Medium sparkling palate. Finish is malty alcoholic ending bitter. De

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