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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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Serving Style:
473 ml. can
Where Purchased:
L.C.B.O.
Beer Rating:
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This thing calls itself an "Ice Bock"?
It's even bad when stacked up against a mainstream lager.
A bit of a thin and rocky head. Urine yellow beer.
A nasty bitter taste runs right through it. Not like a hop bitterness but more like a burnt corn kind of taste. There is some sweetness in there if you can get beyond the nasty tastes but they are not nearly enough to make this thing drinkable.
This has the nerve to call itself an "Ice Bock"? That's as bad as "Alexander Kieths" calling itself an IPA! I think it is time to enforce some kind of standards when it comes to labeling beer!
Get this stuff away from me!






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Serving Style:
473 ml. can
Where Purchased:
L.C.B.O.
Beer Rating:
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