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

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RATINGS: 1444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Really sticky sweet aroma. Dates and caramel. Flavor is quite sweet, but not cloying or fake. Hints of very light nuts, like cashews, in the flavor. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Furseth (2080) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2007
Drought at Delirium Café Göteborg. Hazy,dark red colour,nice creamy head. Aroma has lots of malts,coffee,dark chocolate,toffee,citric,caramel,and a nice alc-sweetnes in the end. Flavor is almost the same,nice medium to big body,medium finish.This is a great Beer indeed!!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Pours a deep, cloudy brown with a thick, fluffy off-white head. Rich, malty nose. Strong malt flavor, lightly toasted. Nice alcohol warmth. Very, very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PLundsgaard (460) - Tranbjerg J, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2007
Aroma/Malty-toasted, Appearance Head/Initial-creamy, Head/Color-off white, Head/Longevity-fully lasting, Body/Hue-brown, Initial Flavor-acidic light, Palate/Body-medium to full Verry good beer

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bridgetek (9) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2007 does not count
Deep amber color. Great malty aroma. Strong spiciness with hints of molasses and brown sugar. Great mouthfeel and a soft finish. A nice surprise.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2007
Deep mahogany-colored body, a large & dense head, plus copious lacing. Malty aroma, quite sweet, with lots of fruit, burnt sugar and vanilla, a complex yeast profile and a strong spiciness (cinnamon, nutmeg?). Taste is full and rounded with cherry and vanilla upfront, and more spice and a subtle hop presence in the finish. Full bodied, low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Beer is red-brown with a small but lasting beige head and lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, (figs, raisins, prunes) and maybe some apple. Flavor is really excellent with the dark fruits, banana, Belgian yeast, and sweet candy sugar. Notes of wine or sherry. Very complex with hop spicyness and faint bitterness. Very rich in flavor but remains light drinking with good carbonation in a medium body. More enjoyable with every sip. I may even like this more than the triple which is not usually the case with me. This is an awesome dark Belgian strong. Silky and delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12935) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Creamy off-white excellent mostly lasting head. Red amber colour. Moderate malty heavy hoppy aroma. Nice complex bitter flavor. Average finish. creamy palate. Not as great as expected but alright beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Bottle provided by kegoguinness. Clear red body with small, off-white head. The aroma is vinous, brown sugar, herbal, spice and plums. The flavor is slightly sweet, raisins, prunes, toffee, candi sugar and light spice. Medium body with soft carbonation and a warm finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Lovely looking belgian ale here. The smell is very strong, almost unbearable for me. Lots of fruits. Almost smells like something went wrong? Could be my bottle. The taste is easy and fine. Sits easy on the tongue and goes down well. The labeling of the bottle almost leads me to believe that it would taste far different than this, but it’s a pleasant surprise. The alcohol hit me as I neared the bottom of the glass. A good beer.


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