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


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RATINGS: 1188   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Pours a dark brown which resembles a cup of tea. The head is obviously creamier then tea. The aroma is primarily fruity. It is like tea but has a bit of spice to it. The taste is very sweet and very much like apple, berries, and green tea. The mouthfeel has a nice spicy feel to it which works quite effectively. Overall I am impressed but not blown away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2820) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2005
Aroma:spicy and chocolate,caramel Appearance:dark brown good head. Flavor:Caramel,chocolate small bitterness,alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Rerate 24/10/05: Damn it’s great to come back to a beer and discover it’s even better than you first thought. This looked great, mahogany with a tall creamy head that left great swathes of lace. The aroma showed molasses, grape juice, banana and peppery alcohol. Terrific initial mouthfeel, thick and creamy. Lots of dried fruit on the tongue, with some treacle, orange and a big slug of that 8.5% abv. Sherry notes and hoppy bitterness in the warming finish. A very delicate balancing act. (33cl bottle, Balmain Village Cellars, bb 2/3/08)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Huge cotton candy and bubble gum aromas in the aroma -- this stuff smells like the day I spent working a concession stand at a carnival. Muddy, murky, ruddy appearance with tinge of amber and lots of haziness. NIce sugary sweetness with a little acidic souness and plenty more hops than I would anticipate. Nice overall mouthfeel and a pleasant warmth. A very good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Draft at CAH. Medium brown, OK head. Aroma of wood and faint dark fruit, and a note of dried hops. Flavor was also quite woody, some malt, and more undefined dark fruits. Somehow, not quite in balance, the flavors just didn’t meld. Could improve with a bottle that has been aged a bit. Incidentally, it was much better with food, as the wood notes fell back and fruit flavors of currants came forward. Rating based upon drinking without food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Bottle. Red-brown, hazy with medium tan head and lacing. Lovely Caramel aroma. Flavor is light, caramel and alcohol in aftertaste. Sweet finish. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2005
Rich and warming aroma with plenty of alcohol and caramelised oranges. Pours a deep ruby with a shrinking off-white head and sticky lace. The body is sweet, toffeeish and a tad cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2005
Bottle at Plan B. Cph. Dk. Red-brown color with a big tan head. Sweet caramel fruity aroma and sweet dry light alcoholic fruity caramel yeasty taste. Medium to full body and a sweet warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Deep brown, clear, with a good-sized tan head. Nice sweet nose, with chocolate, grapes, and light licorice or anise notes. Flavor is sweet, with some cider, a touch of anise, raisins, bready yeast, and a good deal of bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Rich, decadently sweet offering. Caramel, dark fruit, and orange. Alcohol well hidden. Cloying? Maybe, but I like this stuff.

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