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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:
341 ml. bottle
Where Purchased:
From a friend
Beer Rating:
4

Propeller - Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
Dark red color with an off white head that stays till it's all gone leaving a nice lace behind.
Some fruit, possibly raisin and some citrus as well as a touch of coffee is the aroma.
The mouth feel is very thick and creamy.
Coffee and the citrus are right up front with some of the sweet malt in the middle finishing with a hop sparkle in the finish.




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