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Het Anker - Gouden Carolus Classic

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Beer Style: 
Belgian Strong Ale (Dark)
Serving Style.: 
330 ML Bottle
Alcohol Content: 
8.5% ABV
Where Purchased?: 
L.C.B.O
Beer Rating: 
4

Gouden Carolus Classic

I've been waiting for this one!
Pours a very dark chestnut colour, looks a bit cloudy and it shows a dark garnet colour against a light.
The head is huge, light tan coloured and very coarse and rocky. It leaves a full lace lining on the glass.
The aroma is quite sweet, berries (cherry I think) and alcohol. A touch of something that reminds me of dish soap somehow.
Feel is nice, rich and creamy but not thick or chewy.
Taste is a big hit of subdued cherry and dark fruits with a touch of chocolate and roasted coffee. It isn't like the fruit flavours in a flavoured Lambic or anything but they are certainly THERE. A touch of faint spice comes through and a bit of sugar flavour. The aftertaste is largely cherry and chocolate but with a dry bitterness which is quite pleasant.
Reminds me a bit of one of those "Cherry Blossom" candies (the real cherry wrapped in chocolate).
This is certainly a keeper. It is so easily drinkable that you need to watch out for the 8.5% alcohol, you don't really taste it and I suspect that this one could get away from you really easily.
I'll be looking for this as long as the LCBO will stock it and then I may yell at them a bit to try to get more.



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reviewed by:
John H.

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Serving Style:
275 ml.clear bottle
Where Purchased:
L.C.B.O.
Beer Rating:
1

Cool Beer - Stonewall Light

I should never have taken this off the shelf. No head on a very light amber colored brew with lots of lace and there is where it ends.
Clear bottle = skunked. Behind the skunk, (which is not a good place to be), is just a hint of something. It might be a bit of citrus or not.
Mouthfeel is quite creamy if you can get by the taste.
My word! If you're going to spend all that money to have a custom label put on a beer you're better off spending less and put just a plain label on a dark colored bottle. As the Kingston Trio said way back when: 'When will they ever learn."




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