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


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RATINGS: 1359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (3958) - - OCT 29, 2006
raisin, date, caramel aroma. cloudy brown with a small yellowish head. toffee, caramel, raisin flavored with hints of chocolate. medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Hazy brick red with a thin solid head. Very vinous and tart aroma, funky with fruit and toasted bread notes. The flavor is like flowers infused in fruit juice. It is a bit on the hot side though. Finishes clean, tart and quenching. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3850) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Concentrated notes of sweet plums and raisins waft from my glass as I pour this beer, there is also a touch of something like rum. The beer is quite well carbonated and produces a frothy, easily three-finger thick, tan colored head even after carefully pouring this into my tulip glass. The beer is a hazy, dark amber color that has deep purple overtones. An interesting aroma is on this one; it certainly smells rich and decadent. Notes of concentrated, caramelized brown sugar lead to something akin to cinnamon (though not quite) and some definite prune like notes. Woody fig notes lend a sort of dryness here, but the more you delve into the aroma the more concentrated and varied the rich concentrated fruit notes get. The concentrated fruit character never takes on a sharp, exaggerated fruitiness, but instead remains rounded by the caramelized malt core that makes up this beer.

Definitely sweet, this beer has a heft to it that sticks to the palate and in fact coats it as the beer passes through my mouth. It finishes with a certain chalkiness that makes me think that this might have started to oxidize. It has not reached the point of cardboard, but it may have started down that path. Perhaps cardboard is not the best descriptor as this beer still has ample room to move towards much more pleasing notes of sherry, which I definitely get hints of already. Rum like notes of brown sugar and molasses linger on the tongue as a touch of alcohol warms my chest. This has lots of concentrated, caramelized malt flavors. It is almost has a toffee like edge to it, but with only a touch of the butter character.

This is quite the sipping brew, each sip is rich and complex enough to be contemplative, and it is certainly thick enough that quaffing large draughts of this at a time would not be pleasant. It is right on the edge of being too sweet; it has achieved a great amount of richness without being overly sweet, but just so as any more would be sticky and cloying. In the end I think this is a touch too sweet, it has certainly been an enjoyable way to end the evening though.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2006
Bottle (BB Apr 2009). Fruity and toffeish a little spice. Sweet and creamy. Not too my taste and slightly one dimensional but not unpleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2006
Bottle. Dark brownish colour with a huge mostly lasting creamy head. Aroma and taste of malts and fruits. Good beer. Slightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Bottle, 1 pint 9.4 oz. Great pour with decent head. Simmers down as sweet aroma arises. Fruit tastes as berries and twigs, slight nuts... well rounded. Alcohol not too apparent. Finishes smooth. Lulls one to great times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spporras (259) - FINLAND - SEP 26, 2006
(Bottle BB 14/06/09) Caramel and slightly alcohol aroma. Amber colour, bright and small, light brown, fully diminishing head. Caramel and berry-like flavour with slight spiciness. Lively carbonated, alcoholic (not too much; actually only warming), medium-bodied and slightly syrupy palate. Very delicious strong ale! 10/09/06

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomat (2547) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2006
Dark brown color with a small white head. Malty with notes of fruit (citrus ?) Medium to full body with a long and very complex, bitter/sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2006
rootbeer brown body with small white head...splendid aroma of chewy malts, toasty caramels, toffee, nougat, twigs and berries...flavor begins nice and sugary, leading to caramel, brown sugar, and molasses notes...nice palate, and an excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Bottle is from BeerBuzzMontreal and has been cellaring for at least a year and a half. bb 14/06/06. Served in a NB worthy glass. Color is orange/reddish brown with a small kahki head. The aroma is kahlua (first time I have ever said that) with some sour cherries and vanilla in the background. Beer is still quite cool, another 10°F should bring the aromas out, still very good smelling. As it warms dark fruits emerge. The intial mouthfeel is huge. The intial taste is nutty, deep dark fruits, vanilla, yeast, and wood followed by a bit of alcohol and tanginess. The flavor is missing a little complexity (for the style) but this doesn’t diminish the fact that this is a great beer. Thanks BBM!

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