This has been in the cellar for 18 months or so. Gouden's Easter beer pours an unexpected sunset orange with a touch of haze and a few floating particles. Streams of carbonation rush up the sides of the glass to the clean, bright white head. The head grew easily to a finger on the pour and slowly settled to a skimming with a super thick collar that leaves impressive Belgian-esque lacing.
The nose on this beer is unique and one that I can't decide if I hate or enjoy. Actually, the more time my nose spends in the glass the more I enjoy the aroma of this beer. Brown sugar coated apples and a very candy like citrus quality take center stage. The nose on this beer is all about the fruit with the citrus being soft but coming across as candied orange, grapefruit, and lime peel. There's even a touch of honey and a dense floral quality that makes it hard to pull away from the glass.
The flavor mimics the nose in every aspect. All the flavors remind me of very sweet foods but surprisingly the overall flavor isn't overly sweet, or even really that sweet at all. Candied orange peel, cotton candy and brown sugar sautÃ©ed apples make up the main body of this brew. The other candied aspects mentioned in the aroma find their way into the flavor in lesser roles including strawberry bubblegum. This beer has an interesting flavor profile to say the least.
The mouthfeel is spot on like so many of the best Belgian brewed beers out there and Het Anker brews some of the best out there. A moderate body kicks things off before the soft but active carbonation kicks in and lends an airy mouthfeel to the beer.
This happens to be an easy beer to put away even when taking all the candy-like qualities into consideration. The light body keeps this beer flowing easily.
I wasn't all that fond of this brew when I first poured and smelled it but it grew on me to the point I'm really enjoying it right now. I'm impressed with yet another Gouden brew. They make some of the best beer in Belgium.
Price: $9.99 Served In: Tulip
A - Pours a golden body with a slight orange hue that is transparent. Head is big and soapy, and bright white.
S - Some sweet fruitiness of melon and a light touch of lemon. Slightly bready with a big yeasty odor. Light spiciness.
T - Much like the odor, starts fruity sweet with some rich lemon and a light lemon spritz in the background. Quickly works into a rich bready pale malt with honey. Yeasty spiciness comes in right before the warming alcohol presence finishes it off. Finishes thick with very little aftertaste.
M - Big full mouthfeel that is creamy and smooth. Carbonation is sort of fizzy fuzzy.
D - I very much liked this one and I am not a huge fan of Belgian Stong Pale Ales usually. Nice layers of flavor and good full mouth.
Served In: Pint Glass
Dark lemony gold color, glassy yet smeared body. Huge topping of white puffy foam lasts for good length before settling to an always present thick skim. Lots of sheeting lace trickled with tattered strings hanging on.
Aroma is soft and round with a dull lemon candy and honeydew ascent, good amounts of caramel malt and a good touching waft of ethanolic, yeasty heat.
Flavors are absolutely spectacular. Wow and yum combine to make scrumptiousdillyumscious! Great candied lemon, honey, and caramel are thickly laid upon the palate quickly with a heavy notion of stick and creamyness. Nice light addititons to yeasty spice thats airy spiced with light white pepper, flowers, and bright earth tones. Oh, its yummy. The caramel is damn right awesome as it covers all the small notions of citrusy notes. Very impressionable palate soaking.
Creamy, lush, full, and down right smooth with just a heavy malt that is toned just right without any cloying. It is liquid candy. Or so it seems. Man its good. I really enjoyed this beer. Its seemingly more like a Tripel than a Dark, but anyway you look at it, its phenomenally enjoyable and well worth seeking and trying. Gouden Carolus has themselves another winner here with this one.
Served In: Pint Glass
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