Gouden Carolus Classic

Additional notes 06/23/24 (pictured)

Still the classic, Strong Belgian Dark notes upfront of sherry, raisins and plums, but because this is NOT the Emperor, it drinks more lightly and with a touch more subtlety. It’s fruitier, in a lighter, more playful way, but still has the alcohol and the presence to demand to be taken seriously.  It’s drier in the back end than many of the style, and the beautiful dark copper body is less ‘black’ than some too.

I always think of it is a bit of deceptive beer. It feels like it is more drinkable and has a significantly lower ABV than some of its peers, but in reality it doesn’t. A wolf in sheep’s clothing, it’s a little sneaky.

I’ve always enjoyed this beer, and to be honest my love of the Keizer has sometimes overshadowed this and that needs to be corrected.


Original notes 02/20/06

This has been hanging around in the cellar, store, rewiew pile and countless other places for a long time – at last a formal review.

Delivered into the Gouden Carolus “fat” flute, the pour is good, but the color is a little disappointing. A reddy, brown plum skin color but cloudy. Good head as long as the pour is aggressive, and with that head comes a pretty decent amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma is all plummy raisins with a depth of alcohol and tinge of fruit cake. A sherry like waft is included at the end too. Some port like notes as well, this is a tasty beast. Has a bit of a “Coke” feel about it, both in terms of the nose, appearance and sweet tastes.

Tastes reflect the look and the aroma with depth and flavor from start to finish.

Slight extra carbonation in the mouthfeel which adds to the “coke” feel. Nice.

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02/20/2006
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.5 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 4
Total: 4.3
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