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Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium

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RATINGS: 1368   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Het Anker Brewery still brews "The Emperor’s Beer" which is top-fermented and bottle conditioned following traditional methods. Its high gravity (O.G. 1080-85) combines the warmth of wine and the freshness of beer. Gouden Carolus is one of the strongest and most exciting beers in the world. After lengthy maturing and conditioning, it is bottled unfiltered, giving a beer which is rich in vitamins and 100% natural. Gouden Carolus has unlimited storage (it even improves with age) and will charm you with its warm coppery colour and rich bouquet.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4078) - Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Another Belgian I am glad I tried. Color is cloudy dark amber with a thick, rich head. The smell is weak but nice and beery. Flavor is zingy, with fruity undertones and a good hoppy kick. This is the kind of ale you don’t gulp down, but sip and savor when in good company.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2008 Sem palavras... Coloração marrom escura avermelhada. Exceleeeeeeeente creme, denso, macio, de coloração bege. Aroma e paladar queimados, com notas de café, torrefação, chocolate, baunilha, sei lá... Sinto licor em algum lugar. Putz, até o aroma é cremoso, se é que isso é possível. Ela desce densa, aveludada, cremosa, lembrando demais a Westvleteren. Carbonatação média, maravilhosa... O álcool está tão bem inserido que, embora presente, você quase não nota. Conjunto soberbo!!! No final, fica um paladar levemente amargo, predominando o café. Da próxima vez comprarei uma dúzia. Clap! Clap! Clap!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beltramelli (471) - Campinas, BRAZIL - MAR 9, 2007
Coloração vermelho/amarronzada. Creme denso, consistente e persistente. Aroma com predominância de nozes (a Fabi sentiu macadâmia), chocolate, cravo e menos de malte torrado. O sabor acompanha o aroma. Carbonatação intensa, mas bem balanceada. Álcool evidente, mas bem inserido. Extremamente encorpada. Definitivamente, uma cerveja de personalidade marcante. Uma honra bebê-la.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 7, 2007
Dark red-brown colour with creamy head. Bit sweet aroma of fruits and caramel. Sweet flavour of dark malts, caramel, fruits. Good mouthfeel though far from the same as in the Carolus Christmas ale. A great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (8041) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2007
We had a little begian beer taste test, with this beer going up against St. Bernardus triple and Gouden Christmas Ale. This one was the most popular. Hazy nut brown with a creamy tan head that stuck around until the finish. Rich nutty caramel aroma, faintly fruity. Silky smooth, very rich and malty with sponge toffee and caramel flavours, a little fruitiness, a little breadiness and a spicy finish with a suggestion of licorice. Truly excellent and a pleasure to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHSRanders (1860) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle. Very nice looking beer. Mahogany colour with medium creamy head. Spicy flavor sweet and bitter. Wery well balanced. Full body and nice aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2901) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Bottle: Pours brown and mahoghany with a thick, creamy beige head. Thick lacing. Nose of fruit and malty, some hints of a caramel like sweetness. Taste is sweeter with fruitiness, wine, plum, and citrus. I swear there is a hint of bananas? Very silky and smooth, crisp right at the end. No real notice of the higher ABV. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mazfln (116) - Florianópolis, BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2007
Not very strong aroma of chocolate or something like that. The flavour is well balanced between sweet and bitter notes. I can’t describe its flavour very well, but I liked it. Very interesting beer. The alcohol is well hiden...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Hop Leaf, Chicago. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Earthy flavor, maybe even a little smoky? Very unique.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
I think the best thing this one has going for it is the way it looks. Aside from that its a lot like some other belgians but not as complex. the alcohol overpowers this one whereas in others strong beers it compliments the wide variety of flavours you’re experiencing.


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