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


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RATINGS: 1246   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Big tan fluffy head. Dark brown in color. Sweet malty, dark fruit aroma. Heavy in the mouthfeel. Assortment of flavors, toffee, coffee, chocolate and plums. Alcohol is subdued. Rich in the end with some lingering fruit notes and spicy texture. A nice flavorfull beer. Hate to see this beer might leave the phoenix area with no distributor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2005
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Vintage: September 2006
Consumed: January 2009

3 years looks about right for this beer. Fresh bottlings have shown a heavy palate with plenty of ’stewed fruit’ malts but some medium term cellaring has certainly lightened the beer up. Aromas show a lot of life with funky, meaty, stinky malts and a hint of sarsparella. Chocolate, licorice and cola flavours emerge early in the palate but the intensity thins out as a woody note kicks in. Nice sliver of chocalate runs right through the palate. Not convinced additional cellaring will enhance the beer further.

Vintage: unknown
Consumed: September 2005

Thin head, light coffee in colour. Body is very dark brown. Shows ok lacing. Nose is quite rich, candied, heavy, slightly ’stewed’ malts. Heavy weight palate with lots going on, good complexity. Starts out relatively light early in the palate with more heavy, slightly roasted malts but then transcends to some excellent licorice. People talk about licorice in shiraz but this beer shows much better (and obvious) flavour definition. Finishes just a touch short with some alcohol burn, this in itself is not a deal breaker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown/red beer withthin beige head. Choc and dark malts with some fruit and winey nose. Slightly sweet in mouth. Finish is ultimately very hoppy and dry with more choc/wine. Got better as the beer went on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
Light understated aroma. Hops, brown sugar, musty yeast, mild fruits. Pours a beautiful reddish-copper, carbonated, tan head that sticks around. Smokiness, sweet fruit up front. Mid-range body. Alcohol is well hidden. Sweetish aftertaste. Clean finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
Bottle: Poured a dark color beer with a thick foamy brown head with excellent retention. Aroma of figs with sweet alcohol notes and typical Belgian yeast is easily identifiable and greatly enjoyable. Taste is quite rich with figs and plum sweetness with a thick body and warm alcohol note mix with lots of yeast. Very enjoyable though not my favourite from this fine brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Poured a murky orange-brown, some sediment, decent creamy tan head - leaves a pretty light tan lacing behind. Aroma oaky, resiny, with masses of musty, brown sugary, caramel malt, some sour wine, oil-based paint, various fruits and spices, some alcohol, even a hint of peat - very woody and mysterious. Taste is extremely malty, toffee/caramel, brown sugar; the alcohol asserts itself quickly, but settles into a decent balance with the malt and a medley of spices and fruits, also a bit leafy and woody. But this is *malt*, my friends - "suffer or leave". Mouthfeel is primarily alcholic and sticky, but it’s got decent body too, as well as enough carbonation to suit me. I’d rate this higher, but I was expecting more complexity based on the nose. Still highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2005
Dark brown with a small, tight head. Aroma was bready with a hint of banana. Fruity taste, very sweet, with coffee notes and just a touch of dryness. I found there was just a bit too much frothy carbonation in the mouthfeel. Otherwise a delightful strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2005
UPDATED: APR 6, 2007 A Mes rate: Draught @ PBF. Excellent. Wonderful dubbel - amber type looks with thick tan head that lasts very well. One of the best looking beers I have seen. Typical Gouden Carolus behaviour all round. Nose is rich with plums and yeast and a touch of hard liquor and an absolute delight. Some may find it a little over bearing maybe. Initially sweet but then all the good bits come through with plums and malt and coffee and plenty of other good stuff. Full bodied, excelent palate full stop. Warm boozy hit for the finish but just done perfectly. Get some it’s glorious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2799) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 Sampler from bottle at <a href=http://ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/orland-par Orland Park, Yep, a dark brown color that gives no clue as to the stuff within. Taste is sweet; dark, but not roasty. Has an excellent all-around "beer" taste. Can also pick out a few deliberately staled hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2005
75cL bottle. Clear dark copper hue with good head and lacing. Citrus/orange and spicy nose with some bread dough notes. Starts off with a spicy and citrus note and then goes to a bread, yeasty finish. Creamy texture and finish. Good beer.

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