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


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RATINGS: 1314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7015) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2007
750ml bottle pours dark copper in color with a creamy light tan head that stays fairly well and laces some. Aromas of raisins, caramel, candi sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is full and rich with caramel, raisin, prune, yeast ,some bannana, and some pepperlike spice at the warm finish. Well carbonated palate with good full body and a somewhat dry finish..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GRM (3175) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2007
Brown bottle, 33 cl, best before 4.09.09; eye: ruby, nice creamy coffee-color head, clear, light effervescence, nice creamy lacing; nose: alcohol, concentrated caramel syrup, banana, concentrated fruits; mouth: velvety despite the powerful tastes, alcohol, syrupy, caramelized malt, almost hidden banana, hint of grainy hops, finale in alcohol entetwined with caramel and a hint of alcohol that comes back as pepper, full body, creamy and really slighlty grainy texture, lightly astringent, mildly sweet, really light hoppiness, medium carbonation; overall: quite good FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 33 cl, meilleure avant 04.09.09; oeil : rubis, belle mousse crémeuse, claire, légère effervescence, belle dentelle crémeuse; nez : alcool, sirop caramélisé concentré, banane, fruits concentrés; bouche : velouté malgré des saveurs puissantes, alcool, sirupeux, malt caramélisé, présence subtile de banane, léger houblon granuleux, finale en alcool entremêlée de caramel avec une touche d’alcool qui revient sous forme poivre, corsée, texture crémeuse et très légèrement granuleuse, légère astringence, moyennement sucrée, très léger houblon, carbonatation moyenne; en résumé : pas mal bon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2007
330ml bottle. Hazy brown hue with defined ruby highlights. Thick, creamy off-white head. Sweet smokey nose. Strong caramel and toffee aromas. Hints of cooked sugar and cinnamon spices. Apparent alcohol nose. Full bodied with a smooth malty sweetness. Toffee notes with a warming alcohol note. Burnt sugar sweetness. Cocoa. Slight citrus lemony yeast note. Long and sticky, but on a lighter note. These guys make fantastic beers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (429) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2007
On tap at Hopleaf. A murky brown with a beige head. Aromas of raisins and chocolate. The taste had some figs, raisins, moderately sweet. A nut like smoked wood on the palate. A very nice Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Habanero (2927) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2007
Bottle: Pours deep amber with a medium sized beige, fluffy head. Some lacing is present. Yeast, malt, caramel and dark fruit in the nose. Sweet flavour of dark fruit, mild chocolate and carmel. Creamy texture. Medium to full bodied. Malt, brown sugar and a little alcohol in the finish. A very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TampaBeer (256) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Overall, this beer is generally sweet. Enjoyable aroma, with solid flavor - with an emphasis on sweet. palate is average, but the beer is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopestes (164) - Braine l’Alleud, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2007
0.33l bottle. Dark reddish-brown with beige head. Medium lacing. Aroma of fruit, caramel and yeast. Thick, smooth mouthful. Taste is sweet, spicy and yeasty. Very good Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (5703) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
On tap at Delirium Café, Göteborg, Sweden. Dark brown with a copper tone, nice fruity aroma. In the mouth, along a nice smooth feeling, a wonderful flavor evolves, complex malts, a touch of wood, chocolate, and with no alcohol coming through. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerre (2772) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle 33 cl. Aroma: caramel and slightly alcohol. Brown colour, small, light brown, head. Caramel flavour with some spiciness. Medium-body. Taste is sweet-bitter.

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