Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A big thick sweet and fruity Belgian blonde ale. Well done but nothing special
How: Bottle 750ml. 2008 vintage. Consumed when about 8 to 12 months of age
The look: Slightly cloudy light golden body topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose is yeasty with tropical fruits and a light spiciness. Taste is sweet and very fruity. White bread dough, candy sugar, marmalade, honey, herbs (thyme and the likes), some floral notes, pears. Finish is a little sugary. Lack of hops. Alcohol very well hidden. Pleasant full body and lively carbonation. Pleasant beer but too sweet and way too marmalade to give it high marks. For an Het Anker Carolus beer I thought this was surprisingly generic. Hate them or love them but the line of Carolus beer really stand out. Not this one. Not decadent malted body, or anything that makes all other Carolus beer special. This beer could have been from any half-decent Belgian brewery. And since any Belgian Brewery is at least half-decent what it really means is that this is the type of beer that could have brewed by just about any Belgian brewery. But having said so to start with my rating would have been less wordy and therefore would have seem less intelligent.
Fin (9947) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle that I picked up at Dranken Geers, some time ago, consumed 09-10-09 Pours golden with large white head, very clear. Aroma is sweet, malty and with more than a whiff of alcohol. Taste is also quite sweet and malty but also spicy. Enjoyable as this is I found it too be a little too sweet and a bit of a one-trcik pony. A6 A5 F6 P3 Ov13 3.3
Bov (12277) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
from Au Grain d’Orge - pours a cloudy blond colour under a huge and bright white foam; superb lacing; estery and fruity aroma with notes of pears, pineapples and spices; very sweet and with a solid malt backbone, lively palate and with a subtle but high carbonation ; long fruity finish with tons of residual sugars and lingering spicy notes
Dorwart (2562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
) Decent sized off-white head of fine bubles in my Chimay chalice. Very good carbonation keeps a thin sheen of foam on the surface. Wonderful fruity aroma with some pears, apples and white grapes along with some light yeast and a hint of funkiness. Color is a hazy orange. Fizzy in the mouth and pretty damn HOT! Alcohol kicks in immediately and warms the head. Light fruit with some sticky malts, floral hops, herbal notes and some grains. Flavor become more citrusy as it warms. Unfortunately the alcohol does detract from the flavor a bit. Finishes a bit bitter and dry with lingering alcohol. This brew needs a bit more body to offset the big alcohol kick. I would venture that it may even be more than 10%. Still a good brew though and may get better with age. Sort of reminds me of a Unibroue 11.
drjay44 (3527) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle. Vintage 2008. Pours a exuberant, fluffy, tiny bubbled, white head, over a clear pale yellow (SRM 5)....nose is very fruity with pineapple, pear, apple, banana/bubblegum, tiny bit of barnyard at the end.....taste is a spicy, peppery fruit basket, with pineapple, apple dominating early, turning later towards peppery tones, finishing with mild bitterness.....mouth feel is medium to light, carbonation high, This meets the style of a Golden Strong almost perfectly, and I find it quite delicious. It is loaded with phenols and esters, seems sweet, ends dry, thanks to alcohol and carbonation. This is a wonderful creation.
thedm (5947) - Fredonia, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a yellow colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was floral and malty. The crisp and clean mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of malt hops and floral. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle. Pours a very sparkling clear, gold color with a bit of sediment and a massive, brilliant white, fluffy, rocky head which settles eventually to a lasting, creamy layer with Belgian lace. Nose is certainly unique; full of spicy alcohol, very peppery, vanilla and bubblegum, floral bouquet, certainly honey and light candi sugar, faint pear, and yeast is cobwebs and lightly estery. The flavor is like a kick to the mouth with so many things going on; the sweet notes still dominate with more vanilla and cotton candy, maybe some anise emerging later, light pear bringing a light tartness, some fresh herb notes (thyme?), cobweb yeast, and spicy pepper underlying, but only warming in the belly. Palate is a bit sharp but interesting with a medium body, lively carbonation, slight warming noticed after the finish, almost refreshing, lightly sticky, and somehow creamy too. Finishes with a short flavor progression but a fairly long finish with notes of citric tartness, bubble gum, anise, and pepper. This is one of the most interesting BSGA’s I have tried; a completely unpredictable palate, truly unique, and anise??? All in all, maybe not the most well put together beer but the interesting factor too much for me to overlook. Way too drinkable for the ABV, despite the sharpness in the palate. The easter beers this brewery has produced are nothing like this beer, nothing. For some reason, this is not the type of beer I usually like in this style but something was just right.
johndoughty (5176) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly bitter at first then sweetness appears. My initial thought was that I wouldn’t find this as nice as anticipated but as the sweetness kicked in i soon changed my mind. Quite delicate for a strong ale it was very easy to drink. Lasing sweet mouthfeel.Very nice.
IrishBoy (4142) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml 2008 bottle from Imbibe Wine, Bakersfield. Lightly hazy gold with a medium off white head. Nose of banana, bubblegum, a light clove note, and yeast. Flavor is banana, light alcohol, light sweetness, and caramel. Nice combo of esters.
shigadeyo (3648) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
8/13/2009: Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer (Red)... Aroma: Spicy perfume, slightly metallic and acetone-like. Appearance: Pale, hazy gold; big off-white head that fades away quickly. Flavor: Spicy and moderately sweet with some interesting hard lemon and spicy blend; white grape; something slighty fruity with a slight sherry edge to it; alcohol burn definitely flares up when warmer. Palate: Light and prickly palate. Overall: High alcohol, mildly sweet, slightly spicy... Kind of like a malt liquor, but slightly better!
1 pt 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle (10% Alc/Vol.) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #196 for this beer.