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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tomthompson89 (1980) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2008
Wow fantastic beer, Dark amber copper color, decent creamy head, decent retention. Nose is alcohol and sweet fruits some caremel in there too. Flavor is rather malty , but also some dried fruit and even a little choc and cinnamon in the mix. some hops too. thick creamy mouthfeel. Great beer had at Smokeless Joes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2008
dark brown with tan head. flavor os molasses and raisons. could use a little more time to mature. this way on tap

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Dark orange body with huge off-white head. Notes of raisins, dark malt, and black licorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle courtesy of hogtownharry. Pours cherry red with a tan head. Smells of cinnamon, cherries, touches of dough, oranges, hints of oak, some spice. Tastes of figs, brown sugar, molasses, some alcohol, cloves. Mouthfeel is full. Some melon on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
33cl. bottle at home: Ok, confused... its says unfiltered and bottle-conditioned, yet the bottle has absolutely no sediment on the bottom and the beer is gorgeously clear! Rich brilliant deep red/garnet color with an almost perfect creamy tan head, if only it could stick around a bit longer. Powerful aromas of dark rich fruits in sweet delcious cake... I suppose we would call that fruitcake. Plums, raisin, dried berries mixed with winter spices and light-molasses or treacle. Just a bit of dark Havana rum soaked deeply into the fruitcake. Quite sweet taste with black grapes and mixed dark fruit infused tea leading way to an almost lactose sugar quality. Just as it crosses the "too-sweet" threshold it pulls back into deep malt, dark caramel and burnt sugar. Finally reaching into light coffee and a slight herbal yeast. Considering it’s upfront sweetness, it dries out enough in the end to not be sticky sweet. Halfway down the glass and that upfront sweetness does start to fade (or you get used to it) and the beer benefits from that. Alcohol fades in and out through burnt sugars.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 21, 2008
Pours a dense, dark amber color. Smooth, full mouthfeel, nice rich malty flavor. slightly sweet flavor balance. Slight estery note and alcohol character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 20, 2008
Boutelle ka piwa- Bottle at Chaucer’s. Poured a deep chestnut topped with a frothy, long lived mocha froth. Roasty, coffee, toasty nose with an interesting integration of dark fruit and banana and a touch of spice. Sweet, dark fruit up front, with toffee, roasty flavours and bananas with moderate spicing. Creamy and drinkable as hell. I went to Chaucer’s and ordered what they had....boy am I glad I did.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pinball (11943) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 20, 2008
small bottle. aroma was a bit subdued, perhaps bc it was too cold. Looks real great. dark and clear. Flavor is fantastic. quite sweet, but lots of interesting stuff going on underneath. alc. burns you in the aftertaste - sweeet. good mouthfeel, almost perfect for the style imo. perhaps i should’ve rated it higher than this. but somehow overall it’s "only" a 16.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goozen (3847) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2008
Bottle 0,33ltr: Dark brown/reddish ale from this great brewery with well balanced swwet from chocolate, caramel and other sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 RE-RATE: Bottle (330ml). Poured dark ruby brown with a large, dense, frothy, tanned head which lasted well. Aroma was of ripe banana’s with chocolate custard, yeasty malts, toffee, dates, sultana’s, vanilla and a hint of alcohol. Flavor was of toasted toffee malts with creamy/milky chocolate, caramelized dates, mild banana/clove-like notes, hints of licorice and a warming peppery finish. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, a dry/creamy mouthfeel, syrupy texture and a good finish.

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