10% ABV on tap
Ever had an Easter beer before? Nope. Ever even heard of an Easter beer before? Nope. Then we’ll call Gouden Carolus Easter the best of this most minor sub-style and what an apropos paragon it is. (Fittingly, there are no Passover related beers as Jews just get loaded on wines during the holiday–“It’s ceremonial, man!”) I had this pricey $10 goblet of beer on tap during my first ever sojourn to the East Village’s most unique Burp Castle the other night and went away quite impressed. A straight up boozy assault, this one is not for the faint of heart. Absurdly complex with a most unique melange of flavors. It’s easy to come up with unique and specific flavors for a holiday like Christmas (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc), but what are the specific flavors of Easter? I have no clue aside from Cadbury-ness, but this beer is loaded with rich dark fruits like raisins, candi sugar, a Brandy-like quality, but an underlying hint of banana esters, Belgian hops, and subtle spices. Syrupy and viscous, a sipper for sure, but I savored every one of those tiny eye drop sips of this beer. Honestly, I have no clue how available or unavailable this beer is as I’d never seen it before, but I can’t recommend trying it enough–I’ve yet to have anything but a great beer from Het Anker–and downing a bottle of this by yourself would certainly be a lot more fun on Sunday than looking for eggs and shit.