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 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Senka (1059) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 25, 2016
33cl BBE 19/05/2019 a fresh one. Aroma of faro sugars and barley wine. Thick malty nose. Pours nearly black with slightly beige head and beautiful lacing. Medium sweet and malty. Not ashy, not burnt but pleasantly roasted. Thick and heavy bodied beer. Creamy, smooth but with a tad bit sugary and slick finish. Perfect medium carbonation for a BSA. A very solid beer that can handle massive aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (2582) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2016
330 mL bottle shared with ebone1988. The pour is a dark ruby tinted brown color with a thick tan colored head and a lot of soapy lace. The aroma is full of sweet chocolate, caramel, and dark fruits. This is pretty good. Lots of sweet dark fruit. I’m a fan of that mild imbalance. The flavor is just as malty as you’d expect. A touch woody with a lovely dark fruit and caramel complexity. It’s surprisingly good. The malts are sweet and caramelized. The fruit carries it out to the finish. The mouth feel is thicker and nice with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly sweet, woody, and fruity malt. It’s really a surprise, I’m not going to lie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (1414) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, for the book. Aroma is caramel malt, dark fruit, booze, really nice. Appearance is dark brown, light tan head, mostly clear. Taste is dark trout, caramel, candy, butterscotch, rich, woody, booze. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, dark fruit and yeast aftertaste. Overall, solidly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
asbe (31) - TURKEY - JUL 11, 2016
33cl bottle. Pours dark brown like a coke with medium head. Head fades quickly but left a bit Belgian lace. Aroma is not that intense then i expected but it was quite nice. Especially dry fruits, raisin and toffee. I loved the texture and palate, It was smooth as silk. No alcohol feeling at all. Quite sweet taste and long finish. Loved that beer. Well example for its kind

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarageBrewer80 (400) - SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2016 Drucken på tap på Beerwall i Brugge. Mörk nötbrun med smutsvit skumkrona. Söt doft av pumpa, torkad frukt och rostad karramemalt. Smak av detsamma. Välbalanserad kropp.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TychoJames (1077) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2016 Provsmakning beerwall, brygge. Mahognyfärgad. Knäckig doft med torkad frukt. Sötaktig smak av sirap och torkad frukt. Liknande i smak

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scooterbub (1031) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JUN 30, 2016
11.2 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with a thine tan head. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, molasses, dark fruit and toffee. Dark fruit, molasses and malt aroma. Has a full body with a warming finish. The finish reminds me of sake. Quite excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2016
1976 33cL bottle shared by Dennis on 6/10/16.
Still carbonated and though the head retention’s not immense, the fact it still pours a dark beige head at all is very impressive. Golden-mahogany body shows good clarity.
Cloves and brown sugar slowly emerge from their dusty, musty slumber. Light vanilla and even a touch of honey. Pretty incredible how well this has resisted the less desirable oxidative notes. No cardboard or soy.
Light bubble gum, clove, brown sugar and some old toffee and cellar all give a tired but still pretty impeccable flavor. Soft, malty texture and moderately engaging carbonation. Not my favorite brewery (not a big fan of the yeast and sweetness) but you have to respect how well the stuff ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gespuccian (141) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue, some light lacing. This looks like a classic Belgian Strong Ale. Nose has some dried fruit - date, currant, maybe. Malt, sweet dried fruit, caramel. A really pleasant body, smooth, full, but not tipping its hand on the high ABV. Really nice, easy-drinking Belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (876) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
On tap. Pours a hazy deep red-brown with a thin, beige head that leaves spotty lacing. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, port wine and light cinnamon. Sweet flavour of dark fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, port wine and cinnamon with a dry finish. Full body with a creamy, smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice.

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