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


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RATINGS: 1216   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Thin yellowish head. Dark brown and red coloring. The aroma is massive with pears and vanilla. There are also dates and black walnuts. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy. The taste is full of prunes and pears with some slightly spicy nutmeg in the finish. Slight paper like finish. Smooth is the best way to describe this winner. Certainly a quality made beer with the alcohol well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2356) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Thin head which reduces to a wisp of foam on the surface rather quickly. Very good carbonation. Great aroma! Rich with dark fruit, black cherries, yeast, molasses, plums, you name it. Bit of brandy also. Color is a dark mahagony brown. Flavor is a bit weak for the great aroma. Malty, yeasty, dry with a nice alcohol warming. Finish is actually short lived and slightly dry and grassy. A good belgian that starts out like a great winner and falls a little short.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Good depth and complexity in a very esy drinking package. Balnced candy sweetness with rich plums and and brandy notes. Nice malt with clean mouthfeel and sofft finish. A light touch of floral hop and background spice. Very creamy vanilaa nougat and toffee on the finish with some lingering fruit notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Pours dark brown hue with a frothy tan head. Aromas of yeast, candi sugar and caramel. Flavors of plums, oaky and roasted malts. A surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5164) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Corked bottle. Clouded crimson. Small foamy tan head. Nose is very sweet. Candy sugar, ripened dark fruits, sweet malts, hints of caramel, and light woody notes. Taste is also sweet and very pleasant. Dark fruits, candy sugar, brown sugar, caramel, malt, and light flowery notes. Some very faint woody notes come through at points as well. Body is medium but very carbonated. Mild creaminess. Finish is more sweet notes - big candy sugar, brown sugar, caramel, malts, and dark fruits. Nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Yeasty, dark and nutty with candied fruit in the nose. Flavour is coffee dark chocolate with a salty oaky finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 Bubblegum, chocolate, mixed berries, biscuity malt and candy-like icing sugar in the doughy, yeasty aroma. Opaqu, dark brown coloured body is topped by generous, large-bubbled, tan head that recedes slowly to lasting cover with some lacing. Fruity esters suggest pears and apples with plenty of chocolate flavour. Fruity esters become wonderfully more pronounced as it warms. Medium body with soft carbonation that tickles the tongue and smooth, creamy mouthfeel. A true pleasure to drink. Bottle (Bieropholie - Feb. 2005).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2005
Brown creamy head on a drak brown body. Stout and strong, but with notes of spices. A very nice strong dark beer for long evenings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Pours a dark brown which resembles a cup of tea. The head is obviously creamier then tea. The aroma is primarily fruity. It is like tea but has a bit of spice to it. The taste is very sweet and very much like apple, berries, and green tea. The mouthfeel has a nice spicy feel to it which works quite effectively. Overall I am impressed but not blown away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2005
Aroma:spicy and chocolate,caramel Appearance:dark brown good head. Flavor:Caramel,chocolate small bitterness,alcohol.

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