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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:
Bruce Ticknor

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Serving Style:
650 ML Bottle
Where Purchased:
L.C.B.O
Beer Rating:
4

Southern Tier - Imperial Gemini

Pours a slightly cloudy peach colour with a full creamy and lasting off white head.
Aroma of fruit, berries and peach. Hints of pine and grapefruit with a touch of earth.
Feel is nice and full, creamy and rich.
Taste is lovely. A solid slightly sweet malt base with a touch of chocolate and malted milk. Then comes a fresh and bright citrus hop taste, lot's of grapefruit and pine resin. Hints of peach and dark berries are all through the taste.
The finish is a bit dry, the grapefruit and pine linger nicely and the light sweet notes remain but my mouth is left clean and ready for another sip.
A very nice beer, the high alcohol content can be dangerous in this one because it is not noticeable.
I like it a lot. Glad I have more tucked away.




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