Delicious beer is delicious. Here we have Gouden carolus classic from Het anker brewery standing at a lovely 8.5%.
At first the aroma reminded me of coffee, then I was like, no it doesn’t. It is more of a chocolate, perhaps even a chocolate cake kind of smell. With dark sugar and quite maltiness making an appearance. The taste is very simular to the aroma and really dwells well, it is very balanced and very tasty. There is some berry like notes to it as well. Has a low carbonation and for me that is so good. The texture is nice and smooth though not oily. The aftertaste is superb, a real sweet yet subtleness. It doesnt hang around your mouth as much as you would want it to, so you end up drinking more frequently, wish I had a second bottle.
So far this might be the leader of this year advent calendar. Complex, tasty, well balanced and addictive.
This bottle, this bottle, look at the size of it, it is the only one that I planned to have on Chritmas day, the rest have been chosen at random by shoving my hand into a box.
Today we have Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Red by Brouwerji Het Anker standing at 10%. A strong alcohol and citrus smelling beer, very blonde in colour and this is the first bottle I’ve ever had to open like a champagne bottle, hold the cork and twist the bottle. Will also mention the second you let your guard down while pouring the head goes mentally huge.
The taste is balanced, spicy and yet I cannot differentiate many flavours. The sharpness in it has to be lemons, while the hoppiness and yeastiness helps the taste along. I wouldn’t have said there is much of an aftertaste, just a lil dry finish.
Pleasant yet I cant tell wether it has a dry finish or it is just me, being left with a dry throat. The story about being brewed every year from the 24th february raised an eyebrow, being that is my mums birthday an all. Though even with the huge size and strength I can’t see myself getting this again. A nice experience none the less.