Gouden Carolus Classic 25.4 oz

Item #7258
Shipping Wt. 3.00 lbs.
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Complex, award-winning dark ale

Brewed by: Het Anker Brewery
Country: Belgium
Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Color: Ruby Brown

ABV: 8.5%
Cellaring: Yes
Ratebeer.com rating: 98
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 92

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Gouden Carolus Classic (ABV 8.5%) from the Het Anker Brewery in Mechelen has as its inspiration "den Mechelschen Bruynen", the brown ale brewed in the city in the time of Emperor Charles V. The beer's name is a reference to the golden coins of the imperial reign.

Brewed with caramel malts, aromatic malts, and Belgian hops, it pours a slightly cloudy, deep ruby brown with a beige one-finger head.

Aromas of raisins, plums, toffee and caramel are prominent, along with hints of toast and anise. The taste is sweet but complex, with dark fruit, brown sugar and port complemented with touches of orange and passion fruit. Full-bodied, it has a dry and refreshing finish with a slightly sour touch.

May be cellared (stored upright, in a dark, dry and cool place) for several years. Ratebeer.com rating: 98 (out of 100) 25.4 oz corked bottle.

Food Pairings

Excellent with stews, game, patés, rich, sharp cheeses, or chocolate desserts.


Located in the town of Mechelen in the Flanders region of Belgium, the Het Anker Brewery was founded in 1872 when Louis Van Breedam purchased the site of what had once been a brewery and hospice run by a community of Beguine nuns. He modernized the facility – it became one of the first steam powered breweries of the time – and his heirs would later greatly expand its influence.

By the 1980s, like many family owned breweries of the time, Het Anker found it difficult to compete with large commercial breweries, and entered into partnership deals which never succeeded as intended.

In the late 1990s, Het Anker, helmed by a fifth generation of the Van Breedam family, became independent again, and both focused and diversified its business. Today, the flourishing brewery includes both a restaurant and a hotel while producing a dozen or more ales exported around the world.