GOUDEN Gouden Carolus Classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale 33Cl 8.5%


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Hailing from the historic Flemish Het Anker Brewery in Mechelen, founded in the reign of Edward IV, is the Gouden Carolus Classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale. A rich and multifaceted brew that has worn numerous accolades, including the title of World's Best Dark Ale in 2012. Brimming with indulgent notes of raisin, toffee, and chocolate, this ale, with an ABV of 8.5%, assures both power and warmth in each sip. Whether to revel in its richness today or to age for an enhanced flavour profile, the Gouden Carolus Classic is a must-have for the discerning beer aficionado. Secure your own slice of Belgian brewing history; purchase online or in-store now.

Beer Type: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

ABV: 8.5%

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The Het Anker Brewery has been a brewing bastion in Mechelen since 1471, a testament to its longstanding traditions and enduring quality. Renamed Het Anker in 1901, its rich history intertwines with Belgium's own, mirroring the nation's brewing evolution. "Emperor beer," which would later take on the moniker "Gouden Carolus" in honour of Charles V in the 1960s, became one of the crowning jewels of Het Anker's extensive portfolio.

The Gouden Carolus Classic is not just an ale; it's a testament to centuries of brewing excellence. This Belgian Strong Dark Ale stands tall among its peers, having been crowned the World's Best Dark Ale in 2012 and winning a Gold Medal in 2015. But what makes this ale truly exceptional?

Tasting Notes:

  • Appearance: Pours a deep, velvety red, captivating in its richness.
  • Aroma: A fragrant blend of dark fruits, with dominant notes of raisins, coupled with hints of toffee and an undertone of chocolate.
  • Flavour: A robust medley of sweet raisin, creamy toffee, and velvety chocolate, culminating in a warming alcoholic finish.
  • Mouthfeel: Smooth and viscous, it envelopes the palate in a luxurious embrace.

Beyond its award-winning taste, the Gouden Carolus Classic's allure lies in its complexity. Its depth of flavour is reminiscent of the very best Belgian chocolates, combined with the richness of a carefully aged fruit cake. This ale, robust in character and rich in history, will undoubtedly improve with age. Much like a fine wine, it evolves, with its already complex profile deepening and maturing over time.

Founded during a period when England and Belgium enjoyed flourishing trade and cultural exchanges, Het Anker Brewery has stood the test of time, evolving and innovating without ever losing sight of its roots. The Gouden Carolus Classic is emblematic of this ethos - a blend of tradition and innovation, resulting in a beer that's both timeless and timely.

Pair this luxurious ale with rich stews, dark chocolates, or even blue cheeses to enhance its multifaceted flavours further. Alternatively, enjoy it solo, allowing its layered profile to shine.

In conclusion, the Gouden Carolus Classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale is not merely a drink but a journey. A journey through time, tradition, and taste. For those with a refined palate or even those embarking on their beer discovery, this ale promises an unparalleled experience. So, why wait? Purchase online or in-store now and immerse yourself in a Belgian masterpiece.


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