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


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RATINGS: 1323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EHSRanders (1848) - Tjele, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2007
Bottle. Very nice looking beer. Mahogany colour with medium creamy head. Spicy flavor sweet and bitter. Wery well balanced. Full body and nice aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2851) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Bottle: Pours brown and mahoghany with a thick, creamy beige head. Thick lacing. Nose of fruit and malty, some hints of a caramel like sweetness. Taste is sweeter with fruitiness, wine, plum, and citrus. I swear there is a hint of bananas? Very silky and smooth, crisp right at the end. No real notice of the higher ABV. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mazfln (116) - Florianůpolis, BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2007
Not very strong aroma of chocolate or something like that. The flavour is well balanced between sweet and bitter notes. I canít describe its flavour very well, but I liked it. Very interesting beer. The alcohol is well hiden...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dragonfly1 (498) - Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Hop Leaf, Chicago. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Earthy flavor, maybe even a little smoky? Very unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 21, 2007
I think the best thing this one has going for it is the way it looks. Aside from that its a lot like some other belgians but not as complex. the alcohol overpowers this one whereas in others strong beers it compliments the wide variety of flavours youíre experiencing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoser (370) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
Have had this at a couple ABVs. An ale I can get here in Alberta and havenít visited enough. Pg 192 of Michael Jacksonís Great Beer Guide and only 379 out 500 Classic Brews to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2007 Bottle from Uto. Pours a lovely mahogany with orange highlights and a hearty tan head. Words do little justice for the appearance. Aroma of raisins, caramel and plum with an underbelly of yeast and rum. Sweet to spicy taste of toasted malts, caramel and berries. Wonderful full body, this is glorious stuff!
Re-rate - Draught @ Brasserie Het Anker. Deep amber with a creamy malt head that left a great lacing. Aroma of malt, yeast, dark fruits and chocolate. Taste is much the same, slightly sweet but all the other characteristics keep it from going too far. Creamy and smooth on the palate with some alcohol warmth. As the name implies, a classic...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bright ruby body with a modest frothy beige head. Warm kettle caramelization, plum, cherry, and toffee aromas. Flavor is medium sweet with light fruit skin acidity and bitterness. Cola tones early, but nice dark fruit qualities develop as it warms. Very solid stuff from Het Anker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robinvboyer (3390) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2007
darker than i expected, big off white head, aroma id lots of fruit, especially raisins and plums. flavour is the same, but iím getting alot of booze, as itís warming up he bozeis comming through more and more decent belgian but........nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7048) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
[103-20061118] Tap @ Point Brugge (Pittsburgh, PA). Aroma is malted and yeasty, reminds me of sweet beef OXO boullion cubes. Cloudy, brown body with a fair-lasting creamy light brown head and nice lacing on the glass. Some raisin and figgy fruity flavour characteristics along with light celery, hops, and some chewy toffee in this OXO beefed-up beer, and the alcohol is obvious. Medium-full body. Seems exotic, would have preferred a smaller sample.

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