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


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RATINGS: 1379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2007
This beer pours a nice dark amber/brown color that shows hints of crimson in when held up to the light. There was a two finger bubbly light tan head. The smell is awesome, with caramel, coffee, dried fruit, chocolate and candy. This beer coats your whole mouth and warms your soul going down. The taste is extremely complex with carmel, malt, nutiness and molasses. A very nice Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2007
330ml. bottle. Dark brown with red highlights and a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel, dark dried fruits and black licorice. The licorice really comes out in the flavor. Unfortunately, I am not a fan of anise flavored drinks. Bitter dark chocolate, molasses, dried fruits and some sweet spices round out the flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (4348) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 7, 2007
0.33l bottle from a shop here in Split
Lovely dark brown colour with a thick, persistent spongy beige head. A pleasant sweetish nose that comes somewhere in between banana and bubblegum with heavier malty notes, spices, orange and a bit of cocoa. Not all that unlike my memory of Jacobite (albeit a bit milder). The taste is, well, classy. Lovely fruitiness, candified orange, notes of chocolate and weak hints of nougat, some weak roastiness and acidity. Warming in the finish. Another great Het Anker beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stefano (1908) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 4, 2007
Pours an excellent dark brown with good lacing. Aroma is full with loads of dark fruits. The flavour is sweet caramel with a touch of smoked barley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2007
In the 330 mL bottle from Beertopia. Pours a dark reddish amber with a thick yellow-beige head. Produces an outstanding intricate web of lacing. The flavor is mildly roasted. Tastes of big molasses as well. It is syrupy sweet, not candy sweet. The aroma produces a subtle reminder of Testor’s model car glue. Mostly though, the aroma is fruity pomegranate. Has a very thick palate. The beer coating resides in the mouth for a long time. I think that I get a subtle bit of soy. This is somewhat like fermented pineapple without the acidity. I really like it a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Poured into tulip glass. Dark brown color. Roasted aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Alcohol is also detectable. Taste was sweet with hints of nuts and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
missdipsy (2) - Leeds, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2007 does not count
Rich, warming taste; banana, with hints of coffee, and noticable alcohol. Pleasantly effervescent. First few sips seemed to have a slightly unpleasant aftertaste (especially if you breath through your mouth - was OK with mouth closed!), but this vanished after a few more mouthfuls, and became very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2007
750 split three ways. Dark amber in color with a medium to large off white head. Aroma is very fruity, lightly vinous, alot of caramel and light notes of chocolate and alcohol. taste is dark fruit, rich caramel, spices, yeasty and bready. lightly spicy and a touch of alcohol in the finish. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2007
Very pleasant indeed. Fruity with a hint of nuts and pudding. Creamy in the mouth and a lovely lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass, dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma was sweet and fruity. the flavor was dominated by sweet malt and spice with a note of raison bread and just a touch of alcohol bite. A wonderful brew. I will try this again.

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