Gouden Carolus Classic

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Het Anker
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Het Anker Brewery is a Flemish brewery in Mechelen founded in 1471 which over here was during the reign of Edward IV, at which time England had particularly strong trading and cultural links with Belgium. The brewery was renamed Het Anker ("The Anchor") in 1901 and began producing "Emperor beer" after World War II. renamed "Gouden Carolus" after Charles V in the 1960s. Crowned World's Best Dark Ale at the 2012 World Beer Awards, Gouden Carolus Classic pours deep red and viscous with sweet notes of raisin, toffee and chocolate; a must try for those who like their beer powerful and warming. Rich and complex, like many dark beers it will improve with age. Why not buy one to enjoy now and one to pop in the cellar? Gouden Carolus Classic won a Gold Medal at the World Beer Awards 2015 in the category Belgium - Belgian Style Strong.


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Average in a strong field
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Perfectly fine, but when there are some great Belgian beers out there, average just isn't good enough. Surprising lack of flavour for a strong beer. I prefer Westmalle, which I would order in preference in future.
A classic
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Aroma is spot on Belgian – sweet banana, strawberries, cloves, mulled/spiced and candied fruits, plum, with a bready base. Smells as if it tastes very sweet. Taste is divine – bready biscuit, spicy cloves, fructose sweetness. Mouthfeel is smooth as you like. Such a wonderful Belgian beer. So sweet and drinkable, without being cloying. Only thing to say is that it would be very hard to have more than one!
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One of my favourite Christ beers. Really nice hoppy taste.
Dark Belgian
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Pours very dark with a thin head. Drinkable but won't be a repeat purchase.
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