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


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RATINGS: 1245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2005
Rum and raisin thick sweet aroma. Spicy tang balancing the thick malts, coffee, rum and raisin. This is very good. May sneak off and grab some more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Bottle: Burnt orange, brownish, medium foamy beige head, attractive lacing.   Huge plum and licorice aroma.   Soft notes of other dark pitted fruit as well.   Dark and pale fruit on the tongue, both strong.   Soft licorice and even chocolate is present.   Fairly sweet up front, with a soft hop bitterness on the back end.   Fairly big body, with a moderate mouthfeel.   Plum, apple skin, minor maple syrup, and chocolate all linger after the finish.   I wish I had two or three bottles of this.   Simply delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
schuimkroaat (415) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 13, 2005
33 cl bottle, bbe 5th Aug 06. Turbid brown with a strong red shine, small off-white head, sparkling. Malty and sticky odour with a lot of brown bread. Beautiful flavour of caramel and carob with gentle hop bitterness towards the end. Full body, a bit (too) sticky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Deep reddish brown colour, light brown head. Very refinened malty charamel flavours well balanced with the hops. Extremely high gravity and hence a very full body. A very refined Belgian Ale with lots of sweetness, but never cloying. When I first had this in 1993 it was just called "Gouden Carolus" at 7% ABV and came in a bottle with no label. In 1997 it was changed to "Gouden Carolus - Carolus D’Or" at 7,5% ABV and now it’s called "Gouden Carolus Classic" at 8,5% ABV. So it has changed quite a bit but is still a truly Belgian classic. 240793

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - MAY 8, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2005 bottled. big aroma w/ caramel, coffee and roasted barley. full bodied. notes of chocolate and malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
haukur (1305) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 5, 2005
deep brown red color, firm head. Interesting aroma, very belgian, yeasty, raisins, hops, malt, plums, vanilla and fruits. Taste is very filling, a bit yeasty but balanced out with malt, maybe some fruits balanced out with the bitterness of chocolate or something like that, incredible body and oh so nice on the tongue, world class brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 28, 2005
Deep reddish colour with a small tan head. Malty and sweet aroma with hints of plum. Nice balanced flavor with yeast and a malty dark fruit sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brkc (11) - USA - APR 16, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2005 This is one that I will try a little more often. Nice rich aroma. A beautiful reddish brown appearance. Moderately sweet flavor. Medium body. The head doesn’t stick around long. I Like it!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 It was strongbut it has the almostsame flavor than the Keizer, but it was ok. The beer did not stop flowing until I served it. I do not like that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 19, 2005
Thin yellowish head. Dark brown and red coloring. The aroma is massive with pears and vanilla. There are also dates and black walnuts. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy. The taste is full of prunes and pears with some slightly spicy nutmeg in the finish. Slight paper like finish. Smooth is the best way to describe this winner. Certainly a quality made beer with the alcohol well hidden.

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