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


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RATINGS: 1327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2006
Bottle. Clear deep brown color with thin beige head. Anis, grapefruits, alcohol and caramel aroma. Taste of caramel, toffee, alcohol, corn syrup and good palate. Bière de couleur brune clair mais opaque et un mince collet beige. Odeur d’anis, pamplemousse, alcool et caramel. Goût de caramel, toffee, alcool et sirop de maiis. Elle est longue en bouche mais elle tombe un peu sur le coeur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nagash (207) - Paris, FRANCE - MAY 24, 2006
Taste of grape, cherry, toffee. Very fruity, a few bitterness and the alcohol taste is not too present. But that’s not really my favorite kind of beer although.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2006
Great beer! Poures a dark brown beer with a biege head. Aromas of fruits, raisins, woody, rum and spices. Flavours are of sweet rum, raisin, lighter(berries) and darker fruits(plums), chocolate, sweet and a bit bitter. Heavy body, chewy beer, which reminded me of the high-gravity trappist beers. Excellent and complex!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14907) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2012 Bottled, 33cl. Reddish-brown beer, with a beige head and some floaties. It has a rich aroma of toffee, fruits and beef-stock. Some yeastiness too. A nice candi-sweetness in the flavor is followed by hops, spices and some alcohol. It has a light sourness in the finish, and an almost full body. A nice beer, that worked well with sausages and mustard. Rating: 8-4-8-4-16-4.0. 060428

Bottle, 33cl. It pours a more or less clear body, dark amber in color, and with a dense, off-white head leaving lacings. There’s some oxidation in the aroma, with caramel, sugary sweetness and some dried fruits. The flavor has a decent bitterness, both initially and in the end, and with caramel, white sugar and dried fruits. Some oxidation. Full-bodied, and quite carbonated. A pleasant beer indeed, but either the age of the bottle, which is unknown, or my evolved palate, made me lower my score quite a bit. Maybe I should try a fresh bottle soon. 120106

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (12093) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2006
Bottle. Red brown colour with a white head.Aroma is fruity apple, toffee and yeast. Flavour is weak roasted applewith notes of alcohol and alcohol. Pleasent finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2006
Rubin-red to brown colour, with an average off white head. Sweet malty aroma, some yeasty touches, chocolate, little alcoholic. Full body, very nice palate. Finish is little bitter, ending somewhat chocolate- sweeter with some light alcoholic touches. Well balanced, very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tenghave (402) - Taastrup, DENMARK - APR 19, 2006
Rød-brun øl fået som fad på Den Tatoverede Enke. Er for stærk og krydret i smagen - er svær at drikke. (fået som nr 7, så rating er usikker)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2006
(04.01.06) 330 mL brown bottle purchased at The Tree pub, Beijing, China. ABV 8.5 %. Bottle states that best before 250408. Poured clear deep reddish amber with small white head. Soft carbonation. Spicy fruit in the nose. Medium-to-full bodied Belgium ale that starts with light malt sweetness and caramel/raisin flavors. Finishes with light malt fade. Alcohol well hidden behind flavors. Definite alcoholic warmth. No funky medicinal phenols or sourness. Smooth and rich tasting with pleasant aroma. A delicious malty Belgium ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabjork (676) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 16, 2006
Hazy brown in colour. Minor white head. The aroma is fruity and plummy. The fllavour is tasty, very plummy...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3425) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 15, 2006
YEHAA 400 :-D Pours a dark red amber with an off-white dimminishing head. Moderate sweetness with some bitterness. Aromas of caramel, fruits, yeast (light) and port. Full creamy body with a soft caarbonation. Slightly bitter finish with some alchohol notes.

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