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Gouden Carolus Carolus D'Or - Cuvee Van De Keizer by Brouwerij Het Anker
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
11.00 % ABV


 
Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2006
Old Review
2006 vintage. 750 ml bottle I purchased from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Served up in a goblet. Lets ride the lightning.

A: Pours a nice wood like, dark brown. Light filtering through lightens this puppy up and turns it a bit red in color. This beer really doesn't want to let light in. Got a half finger of white head that didn't have much in the retention department. The patchy froth on the top leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Very nice to look at.

S: Smell is pretty nice. Lots of alcohol soaked fruit. Plum raisins and prunes are there. A bit of sour Granny Smith apple coming in there. Sweet citrus orange in there. Malt comes in with some sweetness. Along with the malt comes some caramelized brown sugar. This is very nice. Sweet and sour in the nose. Very appetizing. This beer smells juicy.

T: Taste is fantastic. FAN-tastic. There is a sense of semi-sour good rock candy coming over first. Just a perfect balance of sweet and sour. Big, juicy green apple comes in first. Then come the dark fruits in the form of dark cherries, plum, raisin and prunes. These fruits come in with a touch of sour but are tamed by a touch of sugar and alcohol. These flavors approach the nice brown sugar flavors. Malt is there as well. This is just a tasty brew. Candied and tasty. So damned good.

M: Medium to full in body. The carbonation is perfect, adding to the flavor experience. Making this crisp and refreshing as if you were eating fruit. A touch of tartness lingers on the palate. This beer works slowly across the palate and down the throat. Must be savored and demands you to enjoy this beer.

D: This beer is so easy to drink. Goes down nice and crisp. The flavors and smells are just damned perfect. I want more. Lots more. These flavors are awesome. This beer is amazing. Big props to Will at Five Points talking this brew up. This beer should be enjoyed by all. It truly is an experience. Fine beer. Expertly crafted.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 10-24-2008 05:41:19

Served In: Goblet

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 2 10 18 5 9 2009
750ml
$8.99
Binny's, Plainfield

2007 Release
10% ABV

I picked this bottle up about 15 months ago and it's been in the cellar ever since. Grand Cru of the Emperor fills this here little goblet with a murky, deeply red liquid that appears black unless backlit. When the light sits directly behind the glass there are tiny yeasties suspended throughout and large, slow rising carbonation making its way to the surface. A soft pour brought about a one finger head that settled to a solid cap and thick creamy collar that leaves behind some impressive sheet lacing.

The first thing that hits me when I stick my nose in the glass is anise but as my nose gets deeper somehow dips into dark molasses. There are handfuls of dark fruits loaded into this brew with prunes, figs, and spicy rum soaked raisins being most prominent. Bready caramel stays steady throughout the nose and mild fruity esters float through the background with banana leading the way. When this hits room temperature a surprising cherry note leaps from the glass and is very prominent. That just boosted the score! A deep pull brings forth some spicy alcohol that adds to the overall aroma.

This beer is the essence of what these BSDAs are all about in their glory. Hugely complex flavors layer each other and seem to shift after every drink. Bready and caramel sweetness lay it down while the dark fruits have a hand in all the intricacies. The banana is mild but noticeable while the Bing cherry plays a large role as this beer warms. There's a spicy alcohol on the finish that adds yet another layer of depth to an already deeply complex beer.

The body of this beer is what I've come to love in the finest brewed Belgians out there. This beer weighs in at 10% and has a moderate body with an airy enough carbonation to bring out that perfect velvety texture. There's not a hint of alcohol in the flavor but there is a faint fume or two rising through my nose. You can't ask for any better than this!

This beer goes down incredibly easy, so easy in fact the booze can catch up to you fairly quickly. Besides that this is a beer to be sipped and savored. It really opens up for the better as it breathes and is purely drinkable for such a bruiser.

I've sampled this beer a few times over the years and have thoroughly enjoyed every bottle I've come across. This year-plus old bottle is outstanding just like the others. This truly is a classic and one of the best in its loose fitting style.

Reviewed: 3/16/09

Price: $8.99 Served In: Goblet

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 0
Vintage 2000. Thanks to BA McAllister for the bottle from a DL Day trade.

A - Pours a nice murky brown body with some bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Head starts small, with a tan head made of tight bubbles, but reduces to some whisps on the surface and a ring around the glass in a minute. Lacing is nice.

S - I feel like I should open my 2006 bottle to compare. This is quite nice. Big caramel nose with a bunch of belgian spices, belgian yeast and dark fruit. Coriander, nutmeg, brown sugar, toffee, prunes are all present. Can't wait to dive into this one.

T - Well, I guess I will buying some more of this for aging. Big, juicy and sweet. Tons of flavors going on here, let's see how many I can break down here. Starts with the big sweet flavors of caramel and toffee mixed with the fruitiness of raisins and plums. Brown sugar and belgian candy sugar come in, making me almost pucker from the sweetness. Some Belgian spiciness coming through with coriander, nutmeg and that signature beglian yeastiness.

M - Medium full bodied with smoooth carbonation.

D - This beer ages very very well. Time to stock up.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/24/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 19 5 10 0
Wow! Pours a mahogany brown but settles in the glass a blurry black with a dark cherry glow. Immense capping of orangey tinted ivory foam thats very smooth, thick, and fluffy. Sits without moving as it barely reduces itself to take on a thicker, cake batter appearance as the fluffyness dissolves into the foam. Lacing coats the glass in thick moth-holed sheeting all the while that cap hardly diminishes.

Aroma is of old, soggy, sugared banana bread thats dark, deep, and dull with slight plum, raisin, fig, and molasses soaking within the deepness. Quite deceptive on the nose as it seems to build while it sits and gets fairly deep and complexly so in that deepness. Nice little noting of spicy orange zest, cinnamon, and cardamom is evident as well.

Oh, my what incredible soaking smoothness and softness this stuff creates as it floats across the palate with amazing ease. Mild, dull flavors of dark fruit bread sink in with raisin, plum, dry fig, molasses, and soft citrusy orange notes that tender up a warming sense of spicyness with cardamom, cooked sugar, and raisin skins making for a lengthy finish. Middle has a creamy center of caramel, banana, and dark sugary sweetness. Its ever changing in its profile, sometimes more warming and spicy, other times, super tender and malty with dark dull sugary stuff. Wonderful play on the palate and on the mind.

Feel is perfect. Soft, supple, giving, full, smooth, warming, sweet, a little bit spicy, and a whole lot of yum! Amazingly soft texture of sugared bread thats soaked in dark fruityness. There's even a slight hoppy, vitamin coated, citrus bittering that comes across within certain sips thats very intriguing.

The smoothness is incredible; top notch. The warmth will catch ya every time, nearly every sip in fact, which slows it down for enormously fine, big, sippage. Damn fine stuff!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/25/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 2 10 20 4 10 0
2006 edition

Served at cellar temp and poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance is good. Dark copper colored brew with many tiny bubbles racing up toward the tan, thick, crater-like head. Not as murky as I assumed.

Smell is very good. A lot going on here. Sweet sugary malts, honey-glazed raisins, sweet ripe plums, and a small amount of bubblegum and alcohol. Very nice indeed.

Taste exceptional. Much like the smell yet more pronounced on the dark fruits and alcohol. Brown sugar and a green apple sweetness rounds things out. As complex a flavor that you can find for the style. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is very good. Medium bodied yet very much a presence on the palate. Carbonation level is very good for the style.

Drinkability is very good. Killing this 750ML bottle won't be a problem. Once again, if it wasn't for the slight alcohol burn I would have given a 5.

Overall:
Everytime I drink this brew I get amazed how complex it is. One of the best Dark Strong Belgium Ale's you can find. Highly recommended.

Served In: Pint Glass

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