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


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RATINGS: 1234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Het Anker Brewery still brews "The Emperorís 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 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 (5230) - 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 (2920) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2005
Aroma:spicy and chocolate,caramel Appearance:dark brown good head. Flavor:Caramel,chocolate small bitterness,alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1416) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 Rerate 24/10/05: Damn itís great to come back to a beer and discover itís even better than you first thought. This looked great, mahogany with a tall creamy head that left great swathes of lace. The aroma showed molasses, grape juice, banana and peppery alcohol. Terrific initial mouthfeel, thick and creamy. Lots of dried fruit on the tongue, with some treacle, orange and a big slug of that 8.5% abv. Sherry notes and hoppy bitterness in the warming finish. A very delicate balancing act. (33cl bottle, Balmain Village Cellars, bb 2/3/08)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Huge cotton candy and bubble gum aromas in the aroma -- this stuff smells like the day I spent working a concession stand at a carnival. Muddy, murky, ruddy appearance with tinge of amber and lots of haziness. NIce sugary sweetness with a little acidic souness and plenty more hops than I would anticipate. Nice overall mouthfeel and a pleasant warmth. A very good brew.

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