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


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RATINGS: 1392   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (4324) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2007
Deep burgundy colour with a tight creamy head. Floral aroma and taste. Very rich and creamy texture but remains smooth and clean. The floral notes dominate the flavour but there is some malt and liqourice present too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Pours a hazed brown orange with a gradient to a white foamy head. The nose is big and sweet. Carame, prunes, raisin and a really subtle fruity berry. Creamy velvetty smooth stickiness with a subdued carbonation. Big as sweet cloying malt. Really yummy. Prunes, raisins, a little bit buttery. Definitely brown sugar. Somehow, a surprisingly dry finish with a little apple tartness and a buttery finish. A really lovely beer that I had overlooked for just too long. Thanks Yaniv!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1683) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2007
330ml bottle best before 15 02 2010. Liqueur-like nose to it, oaky, rich dark chocolate, strong roast coffee, cinamon and clove spices, some alcohol. Pours a reasonably clean dark bronze body with a dense offwhite head and lace. Body is far richer than the aroma would suggest, thick, emmensly rich, again, liqueur-like. Some dark chocolate roasted malt flavours come through, with a good amount of cinamon spice, caramel sweetness and dark fruits. Definately a dessert beer, very nice indeed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 A full bodied great beer. A lot of taste and although sweet. Still a perfect beer for tasting. A beer you can save for years. Tasted this year a new one a beer from 1992, a beer from 87 and last but not least a beer from 1976. And still those beers are still wonderfull. A must have taste for everyone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkofron (155) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Dark amber. Fruity aroma... sweet, fruity, malty flavor. Medium body. Very good Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2007
750mL, no date. Pours a clear deep ruby with a three finger creamy beige head in my Piraat tulip. Excellent retention. Aroma of candied plums and juicy raisins, yeast, brown sugar, slightly musty, and some light cinnamon or nutmeg. Flavor is more musty and not as sweet up front as I was esxpecting. Spicy alcohol and some tangy fruitiness show up as well as some fall leaves. Lightly sweet roasty finish. Overall, the alcohol is masked well. Moderate to high carbonation with a full body. Very good beer--nice and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2007
Dark brown with a huge, lasting head. The aroma has sweetness, malt plum and figs. The flavour is sweet, but not cloying. It has notes of brown sugar, raisin, plum and citrus just before the finish and after a brief pause it returns in the dry finish. A beer to enjoy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Avatar (84) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAY 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2007 0,33 Bottle at De Muze in Antwerp. Dark brown. Cream aroma with mix of sweet and bitter tastes. But more sweet. Sligthli alcoholic. But much adorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a slight red hue when held to the light. Thin light brown head. Aroma is sweet, bubblegum and dark fruits. Taste is fruit, apple, figs, pear, molasses and alcohol. Heavy feeling beer. Not bad, but not as good as some of their other offerings.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2007
I’m sorry to swim against the tide on this, but I did not find it appealing at all, hich is a shame since I was looking forward to drinking it. The appearance was okay, but the aroma reminded me of a mixture of cane syrup and alcohol. The flavor had possibly a hint of dark fruit, but it was hard to tell over the predominantly sweet alcohol taste. Finish was likewise a thick, sweet syrupy sensation. Belgian Strong Ales are not my absolute favorites, but there are many that I have really enjoyed. Unfortunatley, this was not one of them, and I finally poured the last quarter down the drain...which really sucks given the price.

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