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


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RATINGS: 1452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1495) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours a brownish-amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of raisons, caramel, slight candied sugar, yeast, banana, slight alcochol, and some citrus hops. Flavor is strong of raisons, figs, caramel, and banana up front with a dry finish of banana, yeast, and a little alcohol warming. Truely a delicious beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3215) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma of light fruit, raisins, and brown sugar. Flavor is full and rich with sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, figs, raisins, and some spicy yeast very well balanced. An excellent belgian strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
750 ml bottle from Bevmo. Hazy dark reddish brown with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of fruit, sugar, and mild spices. Taste commensurate with aroma with the addition of a sweet finish and a sticky palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Pours from the bottle a viscous murky and muddy reddish-brown color. Creates a thick and tight, but thin beige head which fades quickly to a few isolated wisps of thin foam. Lots of sweet fruity aromas ascend from the snifter with luscious notes of figs, raisins, black cherries, banana, cloves, molasses and caramel malts. Palate was quite full and round with a touch of oiliness. Carbonation seemed a bit tame for a Belgian Ale however. Flavor is very sweet and just shy of being a bit cloying. The alcohol comes through warmingly to cut through the sweetnesss. Delicious flavors of ripe and dark dried fruits, honey, spices, caramel syrup, toffee and slightly toasted malts coat the tongue. Finish is sweet and warming like a port wine. A gentile but classy Belgian Strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2008 On tap at Green Dragon in Portland (thanks Jonathan)--Poured a distinctive brown thick body with a two-finger creamy, fluffy off-white head. Yeasty brown sugar and caramel aroma. Thick and bouncing mouth feel. Smooth and warming. An excellent world class brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (617) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle at Gollem, Amsterdam. This was the beer that settled me in. Reminded me I’m a puny mortal facing the gods of destruction. I fought hard against the delicious esters of the yeast but was ultimately overcome by the sweet malts. This is seriously delicious, kids. Don’t try this at your friend’s house.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
taunusmies (350) - FINLAND - DEC 3, 2007
Rich, warming taste. Comfortably sweet aroma with raisins, brown sugar and fruits. Alcohol quite well hidden. Mildly roasted and long aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2007
rich brown color. fizzy tan head. nice malty and yeasty aroma. flavor rich and complex with chocolate, malt, yeast, grapes and spice. well balanced. finishes caramel sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2791) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Bottled: Medium sized offwhite head, retention is good with a fair amount of lasting lace. Fairly clear amber/dark copper hued brew. Nose is lightly fruity, raisins, plum and caramelly with maybe some chocolate notes as well. Body is med/full with a nice carbonation level, lightly oily. Dark fruity flavors, raisin, grape, lightly sweet malts with some yeastiness happening, lightly earthy. Nice fruity finish with a hint of melon. Enjoyed @ statelineliquors last Belgian tasting 11/10/07

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2007
750 Ml Bottle-Clear amber color w/a nice white head. Sweet fruity aroma. Rich full flavor w/traces of cane sugar, caramel, Figs, dark fruit, & spices. Very good Belgian w/a satisfying flavor, though not as sweet as some. Alcohol is evedent, this is an after dinner, warmer upper. Very fresh w/a long spicy finish.

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