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


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RATINGS: 1381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
anze (18) - - NOV 26, 2012
Very good beer. Great aroma, slightly chocolate taste and slightly sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DraftDodger (568) - - OCT 11, 2015
Copenhagen 11/10 2015. 75 cl bottle from Meny. According to the label this is a part of a triology based on the three colours of the Belgian flag. This is supposed to be the black stripe. Pours clear dark brown with big off-white head. Settles as 1,5 cm thick layer of foam with thick lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma intensely sweet with notes of yeast and alcohol. Medium carbonation with oily palate. Taste is sweet and spicy and slightly roasted. Aftertaste is slightly sour bitter. It has a heart warming quality that you only get when the beer has a healthy alcohol content. As my girlfriend noted "this is good with a solid chunk of chocolate". I will look forward to the red and the yellow stripe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChtiBreizh (261) - Rennes, FRANCE - OCT 11, 2015
Clear brown with an average frothy head. Aroma is dark fruit, raisin, toffee. Medium to high sweetness, with a light sour and low bitter finish. Average carbonation, full bodied, oily mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1321) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle At Home, 3rd October 15. Pours dark, good throthy head. Aroma is dark fruit, fig, spice good. Taste is quite sweet, dark fruit, lovely.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zvsn (1155) - ISRAEL - SEP 29, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Vova. Brown-black color. Smell of honey, bread, prunes, oxidized, alcohol. Very sweet, raisins, honey, prunes, chocolate, cough syrup and alcohol flavors. Medium-bodied, sticky on palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
josanguapo (404) - SPAIN - SEP 24, 2015
From elcervecero. In Duvel glass. Playing Goodbye Deponia. Not bad, but I find it a bit more sweet than desiderable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kapusil (844) - HUNGARY - SEP 22, 2015
0.33l bottle. Dark ruby body, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, plums and figs. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, reisins and some booze. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rayaron (839) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle sample at Vova’s Hoppy Beerthday tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin, Tel Aviv. Thanks Vova. Deep brownish-red with beige head. Aroma of raisin, prune and dried fruits. Very sweet flavor, syrupy, kind of old wine, notes of raisin, boozy. Sticky, full-bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2091) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Bottle at Eulogy. Very dark brown/black pour with a solid showing of foamy lace. Delicate dark brown fruit. Rehydrated prunes and raisins. Molasses candies. Peat. Burnt caramels. Vanilla smoke. Root beer. Pleasant aroma. Thick flavors though the body reads a bit watery. Nice dark sugary beer that still finishes mostly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
evannell (319) - - SEP 17, 2015
Bardzo ładny, brunatny kolor, wysoka piana. Mocno słodowe, alkohol ładnie wyeksponowany. Jednak nie moja bajka. Zbyt słodkie jak na mój gust.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Acid303 (536) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - SEP 12, 2015
33cl bottle, served in Trappist glass. Pours brown with medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, fruits, licorice and toasty notes. The flavour is like eating cake, but that doesn’t mean it is too sweet. Apparently there’s no bitterness, but that’s not a problem to still find this brew balanced. Medium body, good carbonation. Something everyone can enjoy drinking.

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