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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1392   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle @ Lowlander. Pours cloudy copper. Nose Malty with notes of alcohol. Taste is of dates, alcohol, raisins, malt. Slight carbonation. OK but not the best Belgian ale out there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 7, 2007
Dark red in colour, huge white head. Warm yeasty aroma, can smell the alcohol. Warm blackcurrent and rasin mouthfeel, yeasty/bready flavours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeZasada (298) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2007
A warm, red/brown strong ale. Aroma is malty, sweet, fuit-like. No ’watered-down’ taste here, taste is a fruity maltiness, a bit spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scanovajr (663) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - OCT 5, 2007
Bottled @ Belgian Beer Café, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A redish brown beer with a beige head. Aroma is coffee, malty and sweet. Full body and strong maltness. Taste is malty, sweet and caramel. Earthy, woody and alcoholic end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7253) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2007
On draft at the brewery tap, March 2007. Deep, opaque brown with a decent tap head. Great aroma of dark fruit, toffee, marzipan and spice. The flavour inclined towards sweetness, with caramel, preserved fruit and almonds. This excellent beer had a warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4060) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Bottle: Poured a reddish brown with a bubbly carbonated tan head. The aroma is deep dark fruit and sweet. The taste is full rich sweet malt, caramel sugary fruit. Awesome beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (3074) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 25, 2007
330ml brown bottle. Best before date of 14.06.09. Pours dark ruddy brown, cloudy. Small swirly layer of tan foam on top. Not much lacing. Aroma is of dark malt, fairly sweet and raisiny with caramel. Flavour echos aroma, dark caramel malts, some chocolate malt, raisiny fruitiness, sweet and malty with a slight suggestion of alcohol. Dry and yeasty in the finish. Full bodied, fine carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6398) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2007
Bottled. Lovely reddish amber. Nice sweet, rich beer, caramel, even blueberries. A little burned sugar in the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Chestnut brown with nice head and lacing. A very warm brew, with a presence of burning alcohol. Figgy, coffee, toffee, chocolate malts pervade both taste and aroma. Juicy fruits are also present, berries, plums and raisins. There is a cherry alcohol warmth and a strange, almost coconut like finish. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2007
Bottle via trade with HogTownHarry. Hazy reddish-brown with a good sized off-white head. Very nice aroma - warm, rich and sweet, with notes of malt, dried fruit and dark sugar. Smooth, full mouthfeel. Big flavour of fruity malt, a bit of chocolate, some spicy yeast, and a slightly boozy finish. Lovely!

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