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


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RATINGS: 1216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2006
[ Bottled ; chilled ; fresh ]
mostly diminushing large creamy tan head that tops up a muddy medium brown body. Heavy lacing. Few thick Particules. Bottle conditioned Aroma is heavy roasted , toasted, molasse, creamy, plum, dates, figs while hops are light spruce and yeast is light earth. . Initial flavor is moderate sweet while being balanced afterward Finish is medium. Wonderful body.. creamy and thick texture...
Definitly over average belgian

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20476) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle. Hazy brown coloured with a beige head. Sweet aroma of dried fruits with notes of chocolate and spices. Flavour of dried fruits with notes of alcohol and spices. Good, but could use more body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Pours dark brown with a mostly receding tan head. Aroma of plums, figs, sweet yeasty bread, earthy toffee malt, and rye. Taste is vinous malts and oak with dark Belgian fruits. Notes of candied fruits, dusty yeast, and bread. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lush carbonation. Subdued alcohol note. Very enjoyable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Intense and warming with flavors of dried fruits, plums, dates, figs, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, orange rind, and very prominent alcohol fumes that intensifies as it warms. Very sticky, almost cloying mouthfeel. To be sipped slowly and savored, except that slows down the process of ordering and enjoying a second one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Pours a deep red-prune colour...says its supposed to be copper? Nice fluffy head above the clouds. Smooth malts, molasses, some rum qualities, sugar and lots of dark fruit. very well balanced and heavily enjoyable. Some smooth sweet chocolate undertones for the aftertaste. This is a well balanced and clean, yet chewy brew. Didnít even realize I had finished it and was a bit sad I didnt get more. the 8% really bounces in after a while on ya:) wooOOoOO

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapFlu (4458) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2006
(33cl bottle) Pours a huge, frothy, tan head that doesnít quit. The body is a deep reddish brown. The nose hints of fresh figs, jamaican molasses, barrel-aged bourbon, lemons and plums. Very sweet - maple syrup, refined sugar and caramel. Iíd definitely rejoin this beer for another tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrideOfFrankenkitty (44) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2006
This poured the color of root beer popsicles and looked nice & fancy in the gold rimmed glass with the gold "Gouden Carolus" emblem. It smelled of plums and raisins with maple somewhere in the taste or smell as it warmed. The flavor was smokey wtih citrus on the back of my tongue and smooth alcohol, not bitter or overpowering. It had a honeyish texture and was vaguely Meditteranean in theory (or at least what I think meditteranean would taste like when I read books set there). I had this on tap at the Maple Tree, but would enjoy having it on hand.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2006
Pours a reddish brown beer with a small but persisting beige, creamy head. Huge banana-toffee aroma, also notes of grapes and a small note of alcohol. Sweet taste, chocolate-dipped grapes, good malts. Low level of carbonation, which I usually quite like, it really brings on the taste better. Medium to wellbodied, slight alcoholburn. Delightful, truly deserves itís reputation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Aroma is sweet fruit with something thatís almost tart. Iíd say itís sour apple way in the background. Hint of alcohol in the pour. The tartness is less prevelant in the flavor. Soft mouthfeel. Very fruity (red fruit...canít pick it out exactly) and very nice overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2006
Dark brown, slightly red colored, medium sized beige head. Licorice, and nice warming medium alcohol in aroma, also with spices, chocolate and some sweetness, fine aroma. Medium to full bodied. Licorice, sweetness, medium alcohol, spices in flavor, sweetness lasts in aftertaste with medium alcohol and mild licorice.

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