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


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RATINGS: 1272   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jolo (921) - Uppsala, Sweden, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle. A clear red-brown colour with a medium high, beige head. An aroma of sugar, spice, raisin and alcohol. The taste is medium sweet and light bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1783) - - SEP 7, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-13-13- Poured from bottle into a chalice glass Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown color with a one finger cream colored head that fades relatively quickly. Upon fading, over about a one minute time period, a lighter level of lace is left on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is a mix of a lightly roasted and bready malt as well as aromas of sweet sugary and darker fruit smell. The heaviest of the malt is a roasted barley malt but there are notes of chocolate and coffee mixed within as well. The sugary smells are mainly of a caramel nature and are mixed with fruit aromas of a raisin, prune and fig. Rounding out all these are aromas of some alcohol as well as some spicy smells and a bit of an earthy hop smell. Taste – The taste begins sweet with flavors of a caramel and a whole lot of dark fruits. The dark fruits are mainly of a prune flavor but have some hints of a raisin and fig flavors mixed within. There are flavors of a roasted malt breadiness upfront as well, which ends up fading ever so slightly as the flavor advances. As the breadines fades, a coffee and chocolate taste begins taking its place. While the flavor advances further, so too comes some of the spice flavors that were detected in the nose (nutmeg and cinnamon). A rather decent potent rum flavor as well as a bit of a woody and earthy flavor then come to the tongue more at the end where it melds well with the prune and darker chocolate and coffee flavors to leave an odd warming flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The beer is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A little lighter of a body may actually have suited the odd mix of fruity flavor and darker flavors better due to the complementation of the fruit and drinkability and lessening of the chocolate and coffee flavors. Overall – The chocolate and coffee flavors were a little odd in this brew and took away from the nice blend of fruit, malt and rum tastes. Not bad, but not the best Belgian strong dark out there

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1333) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Pours two fingers of light tan head on a dark brown colored body. The aroma is caramel, spices and brown sugar. The taste is mild sweetness at first, more brown sugar sweetness middle to end, some figs to finish. The texture is soft but thicker with low carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6022) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2014
"Had a bign to myself :) pleasant all around as expected. Perhaps a bit darker. Was expecting more golden than brown for some reason. Dark fruits and an herbal yeasty kick greet the nose and palate. Finishes sweet, slightly dry, and slightly alcoholic. Solid BSA."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerman33190 (53) - FRANCE - SEP 1, 2014
Nice aroma of boiled sweets, toffee. Rich, velvety palate and very smooth tasting. L’alcohol is invisible here, which is perhaps my only gripe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swank (26) - - AUG 31, 2014
Fantastic beer. Good dark color, not very promising on the nose, but with a great bouquet and a full flavored finish that leaves you wanting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (873) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 31, 2014
0,75L bottle, BB 03.12.2015. Pours dark ruby with tan head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is malt, dark fruits, plums, yeast, and caramel. Flavor is sweet, vinous, malt, dark fruits, plums, yeast. Finish is fruity with some bitterness and hints of alcohol. It is very well balanced. Overall: very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guiroul33 (95) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - AUG 31, 2014
Dark brown beer with minimal head. Aroma of caramel and leather, slightly roasty. Taste is rather sweet but still very balanced, with notes of caramel, soy sauce, candied fruits. Soft carbonation, long lasting finish. Un délice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_sully (160) - - AUG 29, 2014
Dark brown and opaque, tan white head. Aroma of yeast. Taste of caramel, raisins and dark fruit creates an overall sweetness to the finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BenOver (103) - SLOVENIA - AUG 22, 2014
Smell is caramel and a hint of yeast at the end. Pours dark with minimum head. Taste is very gentle with a sweet aftertertaste. A very good beer.

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