Het Anker Gouden Carolus Easter (2010+)

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


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RATINGS: 270   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAY 19, 2010
750mL blind tasted with other dark fruit heavy Belgian strongs. Pours a deep brown with a thin, tan head that is dense and leaves good lacework. Aroma is lime, dark fruits, spices, Belgian yeast, massive raisins that combine to an overpowering, medicinal, somewhat upsetting nose that I dislike whole heartedly. Taste follows suit: way too much cloying sweetness, overpowering raisins, spices, cough syrup, medicines. Chalky palate. Not that great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marcus (9980) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (9941) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (9922) - Doncaster, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2011
75cl bottle shared with a friend Thin white head. Clear amber pour. Lovely beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9910) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (9369) - Down South, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2014
0.75l bottle from Meinl am Graben Vienna. Deep golden-brown, stable beige head. Malty with a fruity touch and caramel, shy hops in the lingering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skinnyviking (9325) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (9267) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2014
Sampled bottled @ Brugs Bier Festival 2014. Red hued dark brown amber, little head. Nose is basically just pure anis & black liquorish candy & nothing else. Taste like anis, black liquorish candy & some malt, sweet brown sugar. Substantial body. I can see this one aging nicely but as it stands now, this is simply way too much black liquorish candy for me of which I am not a fan. There is nothing wrong with it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tderoeck (9205) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2014
1/II/14 - 75cl bottle @ Brugs Bierfestival - BB: n/a (2014-139) Thanks to the Belgian ratebeer crew for sharing todays beers!

Clear red brown beer, fizzy aery beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: lots and lots of liquorice, some dried fruits, caramel, some aniseed. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: shitloads of liquorice, caramel, dried fruits, bubble gum, red fruity candy. Aftertaste: sweet, more liquorice, caramel, liquorice again, black liquorish (so one being the spice, the other being the candy), little bitter. Meh... Im no fan of liquorice I guess...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8971) - 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.

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