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


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RATINGS: 1359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Het Anker Brewery still brews "The Emperorís 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2007
Deep mahogany-colored body, a large & dense head, plus copious lacing. Malty aroma, quite sweet, with lots of fruit, burnt sugar and vanilla, a complex yeast profile and a strong spiciness (cinnamon, nutmeg?). Taste is full and rounded with cherry and vanilla upfront, and more spice and a subtle hop presence in the finish. Full bodied, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Beer is red-brown with a small but lasting beige head and lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, (figs, raisins, prunes) and maybe some apple. Flavor is really excellent with the dark fruits, banana, Belgian yeast, and sweet candy sugar. Notes of wine or sherry. Very complex with hop spicyness and faint bitterness. Very rich in flavor but remains light drinking with good carbonation in a medium body. More enjoyable with every sip. I may even like this more than the triple which is not usually the case with me. This is an awesome dark Belgian strong. Silky and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (11496) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Creamy off-white excellent mostly lasting head. Red amber colour. Moderate malty heavy hoppy aroma. Nice complex bitter flavor. Average finish. creamy palate. Not as great as expected but alright beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Bottle provided by kegoguinness. Clear red body with small, off-white head. The aroma is vinous, brown sugar, herbal, spice and plums. The flavor is slightly sweet, raisins, prunes, toffee, candi sugar and light spice. Medium body with soft carbonation and a warm finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Lovely looking belgian ale here. The smell is very strong, almost unbearable for me. Lots of fruits. Almost smells like something went wrong? Could be my bottle. The taste is easy and fine. Sits easy on the tongue and goes down well. The labeling of the bottle almost leads me to believe that it would taste far different than this, but itís a pleasant surprise. The alcohol hit me as I neared the bottom of the glass. A good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (35128) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours deep brown with an amber border. Creamy light brown head. Aroma is dark, dried fruit and wineous. Flavour is dark cane sugar, caramel burned malt, wineous, sweet dried fruit (prunes and raisins). Not overly sweet but just perfectly present. Distinct alcohol presence. Soft malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EithCubes (5242) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Pretty bottle, 750 mL. Sweet malty aroma with distinctive Belgian yeast, candis, dark fruit. Raisins and light alcohol. Clear red body with a creamy, lacing, tanned head. Rich, sweetly fruity taste - berry, figs, brown sugar, a touch of sourish acidity. Strong cherry and light vanilla. Complementary alcohol. Lightish-medium body is smooth and silken. Dries out very quickly. Lightly warming. Subtle, elegant, and if not extremely complex, extremely enjoyable. One of the cases where a thick body is unnecessary - this svelte little darling is much easier to drink! Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (3944) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2007
Deep burgundy colour with a tight creamy head. Floral aroma and taste. Very rich and creamy texture but remains smooth and clean. The floral notes dominate the flavour but there is some malt and liqourice present too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Pours a hazed brown orange with a gradient to a white foamy head. The nose is big and sweet. Carame, prunes, raisin and a really subtle fruity berry. Creamy velvetty smooth stickiness with a subdued carbonation. Big as sweet cloying malt. Really yummy. Prunes, raisins, a little bit buttery. Definitely brown sugar. Somehow, a surprisingly dry finish with a little apple tartness and a buttery finish. A really lovely beer that I had overlooked for just too long. Thanks Yaniv!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1533) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2007
330ml bottle best before 15 02 2010. Liqueur-like nose to it, oaky, rich dark chocolate, strong roast coffee, cinamon and clove spices, some alcohol. Pours a reasonably clean dark bronze body with a dense offwhite head and lace. Body is far richer than the aroma would suggest, thick, emmensly rich, again, liqueur-like. Some dark chocolate roasted malt flavours come through, with a good amount of cinamon spice, caramel sweetness and dark fruits. Definately a dessert beer, very nice indeed.

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