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


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RATINGS: 1436   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
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Date: July 14, 2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Capitol Ale House, Richmond
Appearance: clear dark red, whispy off white head, touch of lace
Aroma: huge sweet ripe fruit aroma with strong figs and dates
Flavor: sweet chocolate malt flavor well blended with great fruity character, light bitterness in the finish adds just the right amount of bitterness

Date: July 29, 2006
Mode: bottle
Aroma: big sweet ripe dark fruit aroma
Flavor: huge rich fruit flavor, lots of ripe plum, nice sweetness, very much the sweet fruit but not the chocolate of the draft version

Date: January 26, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
solid lace, much more like the bottle with lots of rich ripe fruit and only a touch of the chocolate

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2007
Hazy brown-red body. Begie creamy head. Aroma and flavor is fruity, round, malty,sweet, plums and some yeast Also a slight feel of nuts. A small hoppy bitternes in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - AUG 28, 2007
Tasted at Deliriumcafe, Dark colour with amazing taste, Beautifull flavour such a big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5281) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle at Gollem. Really nice ale. Dark brown colour. Strong, well textured with malt, spices and sweet flavours. Smooth. Warm. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3708) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2007
33cL bottle from Aarschot. This beer really surpised me. The complex flavor was rich and sweet. Honestly reminded me of a Westy 8 at times but slightly sweeter. It was sweet without seeming overpowerful in sugar acids.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotty (1131) - SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2007
Deep chestnut in colour, absolutely no head whatsoever! However, the palate simply bursts with rich malt and spice and well balanced fruity acids. An excellent beer and no mstake, but I’d appreciate a bit of head..........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Poured a deep chestnut color with a very thin little khaki head. Nutty caramel aroma with some dark fruit sweetness, reminded me a little of a dopplebock aroma since there was little yeasty aroma present. Mild dark fruit and caramel, and very little spice. Alcohol is well-hidden. I was a bit underwhelmed by this considering its high rating. Will revisit soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (7721) - ITALY - JUL 30, 2007
scura buona sciuma profumi molto complessi cioccolato note dolci caramello molto riscaldante

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgentgesdo (687) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Pours deep brown with a medium, creamy tan head that leaves beautiful lacing and is rather clumping on the surface of the beer. Nose is strong molasses, earth, and wheat. Flavor of molasses that segues into a yeasty, spicy (cinnamon and coriander, oregano) middle and a warming alcoholic and smoky finish. Super duper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2007
From my fall 2006 notebook. Dark brown body with a sweet malty nose. Faint off-white/light brown head. Sweet malty body with balancing hops.

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