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

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RATINGS: 1328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
Deep brown color with amber and slightly purple highlights. Thick, sticky tan head of tiny microbubbles. Delicious aroma of dark brown sugar, dried fruits (dates, raisins), sweet malts, caramel, licorice, and some faint spiciness. Equally delicious, intense, somewhat acidic flavors of dried fruits (dates, raisins, apples), dark caramelized sugars, spices (coriander, nutmeg, anise), cocoa, toffee, and a slight hint of warming alcohol, and a nearly imperceptible amount of hops. Smooth, rich body with a touch of prickly carbonation on the tongue. Nicely sticky and velvety, but not overbearing--finishes crisp and clean, a bit dry from the hops. An amazing beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 29, 2006
pours nicely with a lovely head, but this soon dissipates. A lovely initial smell and tart taste that only improves with age....gorgeous

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (6167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottled(330ml). –Deep reddish/brown coloured, medium sized beige head. Aroma is malty, fruity (raisins, cherries, orange) and spicy with notes of toffee, chocolate and obvious alcohol presence with just a tiny coriander hint. Pleasant spicy finish.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark amber brown with a medium white head with medium lacing. Chocolate, caramel and dark fruit aroma. Taste can only be described as wonderful. Very sweet taste comprised of dark fruit, chocolate and carmel. There was a little alcohol taste but not harsh. It was slightly stick on lips but still had some carbonation on the tongue. Not quite as good as their grand cru, which is probably my favorite beer, but has instanly become one of my favorites.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - NOV 23, 2006
The 11.2 ounce bottle poured a hazy dark mahogany brown colored beverage with a small off-white head that was mostly diminishing but left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was highly complex mix of fruits and spices with notes of dark berries, dates, raisins, banana, pepper and coriander. The body was medium-full with normal carbonation and a smooth slightly dry texture. The flavor starts off sweet but not overly sweet and stays that way through the medium-long finish. The sweet taste is composed of many of the flavors that the aroma displays. Very nice.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (9097) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2006
750ml bottle picked up at Alko in Tampere and sampled at a drinking party in Tromsø. Inviting dark brown red-tinged body with great clarity and a fading off-white foam. Port-like profile. Spicy to the nose. Taste of sweet, dark berries with a yeasty touch towards the end. Almost full bodied. Decent brew, but too much candy sweetness to get a higher score (18.11.2006).

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4710) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2006
Bottle 0,75l. Dark red brown coloured. A disappearing off-white head. Very sweet all the way: Some spice in the nose. Hints of prunes in the aftertaste. Alcohol well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 11, 2006
Drank in a stem glass. Small long lasting dark amber head. Dark copper body. Aromas of blackberries, plums while getting warmer there were aromas of dates, raisins and a hint of wine yieast. Caramel, bananas and old wine barrels completed the aromas of this amazing beer. Light bitterness and a creamy alcohol finish. Flavors of caramel, honey and Mcintosh apple puree. The aromas of wine was very well transfered to the flavors. Extremely well balanced beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sofajoern (146) - DENMARK - NOV 1, 2006
Reddish brown with a lasting, light, tan coloured head. Aroma of sweet, dried fruits and fortified vine, and just a hint of quite christmassy spices. Quite pleasing and warming taste of chocolate (not the bitter kind mind you), raisins, vanilla and maybe some cherries or blackberries - can’t quite decide. Not the most exciting beer ever but definetely well breved and very pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3919) - - OCT 29, 2006
raisin, date, caramel aroma. cloudy brown with a small yellowish head. toffee, caramel, raisin flavored with hints of chocolate. medium bodied.


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