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

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RATINGS: 1193   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonMoore (1808) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2004
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours a dark red brown colour with little head. Aroma is sweet and malty, plus raisins and caramel. Raisins and caramel also in the taste, plus a roast/burnt sweetness and alcohol. Rounded mouthfeel, slight carbonation. Not bad but too sweet for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2004
Reddish brown body, tan head. A good mix of a variety of flavors that make a tasty sweet brew. Give it a shot.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2004
Murky ruby red body, with a small tan head. The aroma reveals raisins, dark fruits, alcohol, toffee and some spices, very nice! Impressive flavor! Sweet, yet its very refreshing, apple, spice, raisin, toffee and a nice alcohol burn in the end. This beer is quite remarkable... Het Anker is becoming one of my favorite Belgian brewers. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2004
This beer pours a murky orange/red with quickly dissipating carbonation. Aroma of caramel, toffee, cinnamon, raisin, apple peel, and toasted marshmallow. The flavor is quite impressive with tangy toffee, raisin, chocolate, and rich caramely bread. Ethanol highlights the finish, playing off the sweet flavors nicely. Not as good as their Grand Cru but still a fine beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2004 Ruby-brown, small tan head. Sweet raisins and toffee in aroma. Almonds, raisins, burnt sugar and toffee in flavour. Overly sweet finish, small notes of raisin and burnt wood.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8404) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2004
Murky, very dark, brown beer with a vinuous, yeasty, fruity smell. The taste is sweet, warming, alcoholic and satisfying, with a tasty roundedness. The sweetness may be a little overpowering but otherwise very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2004
Hazy, earthen, copper body with a thin, tan head. Apples are all over the nose. I’m beginning to see that most of the beers from Het Anker. Red grape, plum, apricot, fig, caramel, dark candy sugar, whole wheat bread and a light touch of alcohol. Really, just very fruity. The body is appropriately thick without becoming cumbersome. The flavor resides mostly within the realm of sweetness. A touch of roasted or bitter malt (or the crust of wheat bread) pops in and out, trying to balance. The bitterness of the hops also try to enter the fray, without much success. Ultimately, this is a decent Belgian, but one that could use a bit more balance. Take your time with this one, for time will heal all wounds.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2004
(750 ml) Pours a copper color with a cloudy body and a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. Has a complex aroma of molasses, caramel, grain, mustiness, banana, and vanilla. Creamy palate. Has flavors of banana, caramel, and cream. Delicious!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1394) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Don’t think that using the term beautiful could be worn out on this one. My attempt to describe it would come no where near doing it the justice it deserves. My only wish is that I could find some in a state closer than Colorado or wherever it may be. Lovely stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2004
My bottle says 8.5%, and its not bottle conditioned. Large head, which goes to almost nothing after a while. Sparkling clear, ruby in colour. Light malt and hops in the aroma. Full bodied, alcohol, moderately sweet, moderately acidic and moderately bitter. A little coffee on the tongue and a face full of bananas. Sampled with sausage, mash & gravy.


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