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


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RATINGS: 1462   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle. Very dark brown body with a big beige head and moderate lacing. Rich sweet fruity malt aroma, raisins, figs. Flavour is similarly sweet with deliciously rounded fruitiness (more ambiguous dark fruit) light notes of dark sugars. Alcohol starts out warming but subtle, becomes just a touch more noticeable as it warms up. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. I almost didn’t open this tonight and am quite glad I did now. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle, 330ml @ Rustico in Alexandria VA. Pours dark amber with a brown half finger tan head. Nose is malty sweet and robust. Taste is sweet malty, syrupy thick and really damn tasty, another great Gouden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2007
1/18/05. 330ml. Hazy amber brown with short lasting rocky brown head. Smokey, malty aroma. Sweet smokey malty with some alcohol present. A little too viscous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Pours a very deep and dark amber with a slight bit of cloud on it. Big head of course. Some lacing too. On the nose it is mildly sweet. The flavor is excellent. I would describe it as mature instead of mild. Kind of hearty on the start with a smooth fruit start, and then later you get a bit of the 8% alcohol, and then on the end you get a roasted flavor. Complex, but smooth, and not over-pronounced as a whole. Definitely worth going back to. I’d love to get some more of these and lay them down for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2007
What a great beer. Pours a deep burnt toffee colour, with minimal offwhite foam which dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is of dark fruit and caramel. Quite intense. The flavour is rich and complex and earthy. Plums and dates are present, along with the caramel promised by the aroma, and a warming alcohol note. There’s a light bitterness present which offsets the sweetness well, and leaves a great "just one more sip" impression. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2927) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2007
Bu au Festival Bière et Saveur 07 (bouteille). Rousse noisette, petit collet. Arome de caramel et de mélasse malté doux, un peu épicé. Goût de scotch malté, des notes d’épices et de cassonades, un peu réchauffant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Date: July 14, 2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Capitol Ale House, Richmond
Appearance: clear dark red, whispy off white head, touch of lace
Aroma: huge sweet ripe fruit aroma with strong figs and dates
Flavor: sweet chocolate malt flavor well blended with great fruity character, light bitterness in the finish adds just the right amount of bitterness

Date: July 29, 2006
Mode: bottle
Aroma: big sweet ripe dark fruit aroma
Flavor: huge rich fruit flavor, lots of ripe plum, nice sweetness, very much the sweet fruit but not the chocolate of the draft version

Date: January 26, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
solid lace, much more like the bottle with lots of rich ripe fruit and only a touch of the chocolate

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - SEP 1, 2007
Hazy brown-red body. Begie creamy head. Aroma and flavor is fruity, round, malty,sweet, plums and some yeast Also a slight feel of nuts. A small hoppy bitternes in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emotv (353) - Izmir, TURKEY - AUG 28, 2007
Tasted at Deliriumcafe, Dark colour with amazing taste, Beautifull flavour such a big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5770) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle at Gollem. Really nice ale. Dark brown colour. Strong, well textured with malt, spices and sweet flavours. Smooth. Warm. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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