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Brewed by Haacht
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Boortmeerbeek, Belgium

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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Top fermented ruby red beer with a mild and fruity flavour and a sweet hoppy aftertaste. Contains malted barley.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2006
Orange-brown. Spicy aroma with some acidity. Spicy flavour with notes of sweetness and fudge. Dry.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2008 First rating
(Bottle at Delirium Cafe in Gothenburg)
Served in a nice clay mug with 4 handles, made it hard to judge the appearance though... Tan head. Typical elgian scent. Sweet bitter and alcohol taste. Medium bitterness.
6/3/6/3/11=2.9

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As "Keizer Karel Robijn Rood / Charles Quint Rouge Rubis"
(33 cl bottle labelled 8.5% ABV)
BB 29/09/07
On September 21, 2008
From a friend in Belgium.
Clear copper to dark brown color, tan head. Sweet, spicy, phenolic, fruity, also stable and some manure scent. SWeet, lactic, spicy, phenolic, strawberry taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
6/4/7/3/13=3.3

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel and apple. Flavor of toasted malt and fruit with a bit of a metallic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2006
Dark red colored, little yellow head. Spices and mild chocolate in aroma with mild alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Crispily carbonated brew with chocolate and spices, mild alcohol and chocolate fit nicely in aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11209) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2006 Stunning! Dark ruby red, bordering on brown with little firm creamy white head that stays troughout the pint. Very fruity aroma with dark fruits (raisins and plums) and a little citric flavour. Amazing creamy mouthfeel! Taste of plums, roasted malts and caramel. Despite its high alc % it is not vinious but still powerful. Lots of coriander and a bit of cinnamon. Some apple in the beginning.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3059) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2006
On tap in Brugge. 24/05/06. Keizer Karel. Good size (large) tan head on a cherry red body. Malty aroma then roasted as well as in the taste. Almost chocolatey, hints of burnt caramel, maybe more cocoa.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29694) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2006
An amber beer with a light brown head. The aroma has strong notes of cowberres, and some spicy roots which I can’t put names to, though some of it is licorice root. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of cowberries, spicy roots, as well as light notes of honey. The alcohol warms the tongue. I have no idea where this came from, but Sofie (Frk_Aabenhuus) was so nice as to share it with me.
Earlier Rating: 4/9/2003 Total Score: 3.6
A dark amber beer with a small head. The aroma is very lightly sweet and fruity. The flavor is of a good maltblend, with roasted, sweet, and fruity notes - a very complex flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2006
A Mes rate: 33cl bottle from Delhaize supermarket in Belgium. First off seeing as I entered this one I paid attention to the description. Something that I only do when I am adding a beer. Way to go Haacht, pulled out all the stops for that one didn’t you? Anyhow, rating ahoy... Hints of the regular CQ in the nose but thankfully without any of those unpleasant fish notes of aforementioned. If you imagine regular CQ without the molluscs and with some soap and cinnamon then you have it just right. Wonderful red brown body but in typical style the head settled quickly to something just below what you would call a thin covering. In the mouth it is like a more tangy version of Chimay Rouge. Much sweeter though and very apparent alcohol. The added orange peel is just there prvoding just a little extra spice. Finish was tarty and slightly acrid. Hoped it would be better but alas no. With the similarities between this and Chimay Rouge and between the Goudblond and Duvel then what is next? A Lindemans Kriek drink-alike?
Earlier Rating: 9/5/2005 Total Score: 3.4
A Mes rate: Tap @ PBF. If you are lucky you will get it in the original ceramic mug with the 3 handles. Ok first and foremost this smells rather disturbingly of mussels and as I result I found the nose rather unpleasant. Amazing deep tan/red looks. Head settles to thin film and lasts well. Dark fruits, cake and bread and plenty of caramel. Alcohol is not overbearing and it’s generally a decent drink. Just can’t stop thinking about mussels. Hold your nose!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber coloured with a large off-white head. Malty sweet and fruity. Notes of dark fruit. A bit too sweet for my taste.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2904) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
The opaque mugs provided with this selection prevented a perfect examination of the appearance, but this one poured with a nice dark brown color and a thick head. The aroma was spicey and the flavor was very spicey: some cinnamon and nutmeg alongside the dark fruits. Mouthfeel was moderate to heavy and very nice.


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