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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
I think the best thing this one has going for it is the way it looks. Aside from that its a lot like some other belgians but not as complex. the alcohol overpowers this one whereas in others strong beers it compliments the wide variety of flavours you’re experiencing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
Have had this at a couple ABVs. An ale I can get here in Alberta and haven’t visited enough. Pg 192 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide and only 379 out 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 Bottle from Uto. Pours a lovely mahogany with orange highlights and a hearty tan head. Words do little justice for the appearance. Aroma of raisins, caramel and plum with an underbelly of yeast and rum. Sweet to spicy taste of toasted malts, caramel and berries. Wonderful full body, this is glorious stuff!
Re-rate - Draught @ Brasserie Het Anker. Deep amber with a creamy malt head that left a great lacing. Aroma of malt, yeast, dark fruits and chocolate. Taste is much the same, slightly sweet but all the other characteristics keep it from going too far. Creamy and smooth on the palate with some alcohol warmth. As the name implies, a classic...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bright ruby body with a modest frothy beige head. Warm kettle caramelization, plum, cherry, and toffee aromas. Flavor is medium sweet with light fruit skin acidity and bitterness. Cola tones early, but nice dark fruit qualities develop as it warms. Very solid stuff from Het Anker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (3619) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2007
darker than i expected, big off white head, aroma id lots of fruit, especially raisins and plums. flavour is the same, but i’m getting alot of booze, as it’s warming up he bozeis comming through more and more decent belgian but........nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7455) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
[103-20061118] Tap @ Point Brugge (Pittsburgh, PA). Aroma is malted and yeasty, reminds me of sweet beef OXO boullion cubes. Cloudy, brown body with a fair-lasting creamy light brown head and nice lacing on the glass. Some raisin and figgy fruity flavour characteristics along with light celery, hops, and some chewy toffee in this OXO beefed-up beer, and the alcohol is obvious. Medium-full body. Seems exotic, would have preferred a smaller sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2007
750ml bottle pours dark copper in color with a creamy light tan head that stays fairly well and laces some. Aromas of raisins, caramel, candi sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is full and rich with caramel, raisin, prune, yeast ,some bannana, and some pepperlike spice at the warm finish. Well carbonated palate with good full body and a somewhat dry finish..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3372) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2007
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before 4.09.09; eye: ruby, nice creamy coffee-color head, clear, light effervescence, nice creamy lacing; nose: alcohol, concentrated caramel syrup, banana, concentrated fruits; mouth: velvety despite the powerful tastes, alcohol, syrupy, caramelized malt, almost hidden banana, hint of grainy hops, finale in alcohol entetwined with caramel and a hint of alcohol that comes back as pepper, full body, creamy and really slighlty grainy texture, lightly astringent, mildly sweet, really light hoppiness, medium carbonation; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant 04.09.09; oeil : rubis, belle mousse crémeuse, claire, légère effervescence, belle dentelle crémeuse; nez : alcool, sirop caramélisé concentré, banane, fruits concentrés; bouche : velouté malgré des saveurs puissantes, alcool, sirupeux, malt caramélisé, présence subtile de banane, léger houblon granuleux, finale en alcool entremêlée de caramel avec une touche d’alcool qui revient sous forme poivre, corsée, texture crémeuse et très légèrement granuleuse, légère astringence, moyennement sucrée, très léger houblon, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : pas mal bon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2007
330ml bottle. Hazy brown hue with defined ruby highlights. Thick, creamy off-white head. Sweet smokey nose. Strong caramel and toffee aromas. Hints of cooked sugar and cinnamon spices. Apparent alcohol nose. Full bodied with a smooth malty sweetness. Toffee notes with a warming alcohol note. Burnt sugar sweetness. Cocoa. Slight citrus lemony yeast note. Long and sticky, but on a lighter note. These guys make fantastic beers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (438) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2007
On tap at Hopleaf. A murky brown with a beige head. Aromas of raisins and chocolate. The taste had some figs, raisins, moderately sweet. A nut like smoked wood on the palate. A very nice Belgian.

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