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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 16/20
EdKing (2201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle in Aba-jour, Ghent. Not sure how this has stayed off my radar, but this was a delightful discovery. Suggested as an accompaniment to my beef stew. Colour is opaque almost black with a creamy off white/beige head. Nose is prunes, raisins, dark fruit, plum, chocolate, slight lactic, roasted malt, salty, caramel, bit of ice cream, vanilla. Taste is sweet, salty, chocolate, caramel salted caramel, roasted malt, dark fruity, prune, raisin. Rich flavourful sweet and robust strong ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dogbomb (1081) - ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark rich brown/red with a nice thin, but lasting tan head. Smell is a pot of raisins, being soaked in a fine bourbon with some red wines. In the mouth and wow - it’s very FULL - there’s a slight oiliness at first and the beer feels rather thick, but there’s plums, red fruits, raisin, breads, roasted nuts, a slight coffee. There’s banana to be pulled out, some vanilla, butterscotch. It’s sweet, then warm, then a slight bitterness. You never really get a handle on the beer, it keeps giving you something else to play with, to pull out of the flavour combos. LOVE IT!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RhetoricalAns (628) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2015
Tap. Dark mahogany pour, thin to medium tan head. Not a lot of lacing or residue but that may be the glass. Aroma, malt, caramel, sweet, dark fruit, raisins, spices. Taste is similarly complex but also has a bit of nuttiness in it and a touch of saltiness. Alcohol content provides some warmth. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lokitje (142) - - JUL 29, 2015
pours een dark light brown sturdy foam which sets nicely nice aroma dark malt some caramel taste sugary caramel somewhat sweet thick full bodied beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heyden (114) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 25, 2015
A giant raisan; in nose body and taste. Super sweet, complex and a little bit spicy. Slightly tannin, but in a nice way. Warming alcohol beautifully blends in. Worth the $16 I paid for it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (187) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2015
Aroma: Roasted malt, brown sugar, raisin, cherries, dark fruit. Appearance: Dark brown coloured beer with a lasting off-white head. Taste/Palate: Dark fruits, cherries, caramel, brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (218) - ITALY - JUL 23, 2015
Color rosso scuro, quasi marrone, con riflessi granata, limpida, schiuma beige compatta ma non molto persistente. Aroma prevalentemente fruttato: uva passa, prugna e amarena; zucchero caramellato, lievito belga, nocciole. Al palato stesse caratteristiche, nota di cacao, molto dolce ma non stucchevole, sul finale leggera nota amaricante data dai malti tostati, leggera astringenza. Corpo pieno, mediamente carbonata.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (236) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 21, 2015
F: beige frothy head diminishing to nice bubble film. C: dark coppery colour. A: roasted malt, brown sugar, raisin, dates, sweet cherries, yeast, nuts. T: sweet roasted malt, caramel, hint of cherries, banana and milk chocolate, dark fruit, some like wood tones and smoke, vinous, medium to full body, average carbonation, simply great made strong ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TorbenJensen (1225) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2015
The foam is a little flimsy in my Gouden Carolus Classic. The aroma is caramel malt, plum and raisin and a little spice. The flavor contains caramel, fruit (plum, raisin) and a light hop bitterness that leaves a dry aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruuurd (155) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2015
Complex flavours, nice warm sweet tones. Plum, nuts and caramels. If this is the 'classic', im curious about the other beers from this brewery!

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