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


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RATINGS: 1272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20818) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 7, 2006
Bottled. Cloudy ruby colour with offwhite mediumsized head. Plum, sweet caramel in aroma. Flavour is plummy, fruity and a bit wheaty. Also raisins in the flavour. Sweet sugary aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2006
2002 bottle from Bottleworks. Nice dark red color with medium head. Incredible malty aroma, lots of caramel & banana. Very tasty beer....deep, deep malt taste. Tastes of maple syrup and some slight hops coming through. Very carbonated with a thick texture. Leaves an impression on your tongue for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drshoebocks (5) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2006 does not count
Tried this the other night. It reminds of a rodenbach or a duchuos duborgois. A belgian red ale with a nice malty charecter. Sweeter then it is tart, yet subtle and very nice to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2006
A light beige head tops off a reddish brown body. The nose is malty, some berries, dried fruit, hops. Soft carbonation, medium body, slightly watery. Flavor was a bit coarse and unpleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2006
Pours honey brown with sweet french toast on the nose. Full nectar with minimal froth yet ample residual effers. Tastes like grandma’s french toast smothered in maple syrup and fresh berries. Well ballanced. Alcohol is well hidden. Long semi sweet finish. Tastey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Good oak colored body with a medium volume light tan head. Coffee, malts, and tea accents are most present in the aroma. Great taste, caramel, toffee, light malts.... this is somewhat similar to the Westy 12. Light alcohol burn in the ending, though it’s mostly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Cleare dark cherry color with a medium creamy off-white head. Aroma of spice and sweet malt. Sweet spiced flavor some hints of fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2534) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Looks nice in the glass, an orange-brown color, wit a medium pitted, wispy head. Curious aroma, hints at caramel, bread dough, nuts, plums, coconut, nutmeg and/or thyme. Big fluffy sweetness up front, coupled with a palate-stinger from the alcohol and moderate high effervescence. Finish is very smooth and light, but with some alcohol...as Belgians go, it doesn’t mask the alcohol as well as the best, but it’s still a pleasing finish. Warming in the chest. Really feels like a cold weather beer, not terribly appropriate on this warm spring night, not that I’m enjoying it any less. Very even tempered, without being overly complex, but still possesses alot of the rich qualities you want in a strong Belgian. Perhaps approaches some of the famous strong trappistes, but definitely rougher. Made a nice match with strong roquefort cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quinten (1048) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2006
thick head, dark color, parts of a good wine, lots of fruit, some spices, some complex other parts, fully natural. ..a very nice one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 pours dark brown with a large creamy light tan head, aroma of belgian style spices, citrusy fruit, caramel sweet malts, and some dark fruitts. flavor is smooth for 8.5%, citrusy, caramel malts stick out with there sweetness, good body, good brew.

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