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


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RATINGS: 1379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (8531) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2007
Bottle in a mixed pack for Christmas. Pours dark brown with a large creamy head, some dried fruits on the nose with wafts of alcohol and sweetness. Taste is gloriously smooth with dried fruits and a continuing molasses sweetness and quite sticky. I will add that as much as I liked this it didnít quite measure up to being as good as the sum of itís parts had promised. Still a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2960) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Nice amber color with a big tan head. Aromas of yeast and wheat. Nutmeg and hop flavors. Slight caramel tastes as well. Very interesting and good belgian beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4170) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2007
Bottle. Average creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting. Good lacing left in glass. Murky body with particulate and a dark brown colour. Heavy malt with notes of molasses, caramel, chocolate, roasted, nutty. Light citrus and some cheese, banana, plum and date. Slight port feel with light notes of wood being present. Full bodied with a flat carbonation and a creamy like texture. Moderated to heavy sweet flavour with some notes of bitterness to it. Finish is short to average with sweetness as the bearing flavour. Reminded me of the Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer in a lighter version. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2007
Bottled. Deep brown, chessnut coloured body with a fine, beige head. Sweet, floral aroma, generous and uplifting. Well round flavour on the palate, silky...really silky. Liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11588) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2007
Dark amber with a small, but staying head. Aroma has lots of sweet fruits - some plums. Some sherry-like tones as well. Lightly vinious. Taste has lots of caramel and dried fruits.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Pours a nice semi dark hazy brown with a medium layer of froathy offwhite head. Aroma is brown sugar, oak, raisins, and spices. Absolutely delicious. Flavor is sweet, brown sugar, and slightly burbony. Overall, very very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle, strong sweet malt aroma with hints of dried fruit. Good bubbly head with cola dark reddish brown color, semi- transparent. Flavor is sweet balanced with a light dryness. Woody, raisny, strong malt flavor. Seems like it will be too dry but then balances out well on the finish. Good carbonation. Very drinkable. Very good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Intense bubblegum aroma that mixes well with rich malty, bready notes. Flavor is bubblegum, caramel, and some bread and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is nearly syrupy, but not unpleasant. Huge flavors and aromas with no significant detractors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5153) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle.Dark brown with a offwhite froth. Licorice, spices, caramel aroma. Delicious and balanced licorice caramel flavours, semidry throughout. Good mouthfeel, full body. A Belgian classic that never disappoints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 18, 2006
I will definitely have to give this another go. I wanted to give it higher reviews but in the end I didnít feel it was justified. A cloudy light brown color with an aroma of caramelized sugar and malts. Flavors were sweet with caramel, molasses and brown sugar. Finish was a little harsh. Good, but I will see if these ratings hold up with another bottle.

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