Gouden Carolus Belgian Single Malt Whisky

Gouden Carolus Belgian Single Malt Whisky

(0.75l, 46%)


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Golden Belgian emperor of Single Malts.
 
In the ancient town of Mechelen, cozily between Brussels and Antwerp – and between the long traditions of brewing and distilling, there’s the Hek Anker Brewery. It was founded in 1471, and renamed to Gouden Carolus in 1960, after the Holy Roman emperor Charley V, who was born in Mechelen. After half a millennium of existence, the brewery built a proper Whisky distillery, a perfect companion to beer-making. As you know, beer and Whisky are cousins, and Gouden Carolus distills the Spirit from the mash of Gouden Carolus Tripel beer. To show that they mean business, the founders also ordered a handmade copper pot still from coopers in Scotland, first of its kind in Belgium.
 
Gouden Carolus Belgian Single Malt Whisky is matured in first-fill Bourbon casks for three years and finished in custom-made ‘Hek Anker’ oak casks. The Spirit is uniquely refined, and it has a full and balanced palate. It got a ton of awards since its release in 2013, including gold at the International Spirits Challenge in 2017. It’s perfect neat or with a splash of water, and as they say in Mechelen, it’s ‘lekker’.

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vanilla
apple
peach
citrus
bittersweet
woody
fruit
chocolate
orange peel
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Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Mahogany
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Fresh aromas of fruits, citrus, vanilla and crème brûlée.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Full and balanced taste with notes of wood, peach, apple and vanilla.
 
Finish
Short finish with a bittersweet balance.

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Ratings & Reviews
Chad
Chad,
Fruity and the most complex of the a taste of three whiskies tasters
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Fruit flavors of apple and peach come through. Great smelling, pleasantly smooth and enjoyable.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Nice smell... harsh finish
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Sweet nose, sweet start but gets tart soon. A little think but overall a very good flavor with complexity and just a hint of smoke. Will probably get this again
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, complex, Single Malt Whisky that has a fresh & aromatic birth; while a full & elegant life leads to a quick & bittersweet death with notes of chocolate, orange zest.
 
Mary
Mary,
Woah can taste all the fruit, just very good and smooth. Love this!!!
 
Brian
Brian,
Up, it's a light fruit nose and sharp lime on the palate with a long dessert wine-like finish. On the rocks, the nose is more complex and the palate more flashy, but less distinct.
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Complex
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Apricots , complex
 
Todd
Todd,
Tastes like a blend of beer and whisky - a little heavier on the whisky. Interesting but I don’t need any more of it.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Finish is reminiscent of a Belgian beer
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Color is a light gold color. Nose is rich with malt and vanilla. Deeper notes of oak and subtle fruit are also present. First sip is complex, with notes of vanilla, malt, brief flashes of bright fruit, and mild oak. Further sips have mild chocolate notes. Finish is a short burst of baking spice. Overall this a solid entry by a newer player. I look forward to future longer aged varieties of this offering.
 
John
John,
I like this one. Fruits are very prominent I sort of miss the vanilla. Jumps from Apple to woody then trails off with orange and chocolate.
 
Stephen
Stephen,
Decent, but lacks a definitive punch of flavor that makes it distinct.
 
Angela
Angela,
Very fruity, a little planty.
 
Matt
Matt,
Very reminiscent of a Belgian beer...delicious!
 
Victor
Victor,
Sweet vanilla with apple and orange. Also get a nice oak taste.
 
Marguerite
Marguerite,
Interesting dram. Great aroma of vanilla. Taste is citrus and vanilla,but the citrus is interesting, almost like orange and lime
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Light apple on the nose. Much more apple on the taste, along with citrus playing through. The vanilla is overpowered by the apple and citrus, but this isn't a negative. There is orange peel lingering on the tongue with the aftertaste. This whisky is certainly sweet, but since it is entirely fruit based rather than caramel, honey, or chocolate like other whiskies it comes through as a pleasant novelty. Overall, this is an extremely unique whisky that is a lot of fun to drink!
 
Stefanie
Stefanie,
Right down the middle..smooth, smells and tastes of vanilla. Boring
 
Liz
Liz,
Aroma of citrus and apples but taste was less complex.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Delightfully smooth with notes of citrusy fruity vanilla. Would definitely buy again.
 
Sean
Sean,
Interesting, but a little too sour with all the citrus.
 
Carl
Carl,
Smooth and flavorful.
 
Austin
Austin,
A bit too floral for what I like.
 
Darren
Darren,
It’s ok. It’s just ok. Buy something else for the money, for pick this up if you ever find it for $40 bucks, but don’t drop $100 for it ever
 
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