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

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RATINGS: 1453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KombatAle (129) - New Brunswick, - MAY 19, 2013
Pours clear dark red with a long lasting and light lacing frothy big beige head. Aroma is complex, spicy and very estery with anise, raisin, plum, roasted malt, caramel, bubblegum, pear, strawberry, red apple, apricot, banana and candy. Taste is medium sweet with a tiny acidic note. Body is medium, texture is light creamy and oily, carbonation is moderate. Finishes sweet.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hamirubi (564) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2016
33cl bottle at Sportbar Time Out, Waarschoot (24 VIII 2016). Listed on the beer map as "Carolus Donker". This is the "classic" Malines brown ale, which has already yielded worldwide recognition and hence global beer awards. The appearance is a lovely smooth black ale with reddish gloom. On top there is a quite long lasting, yellow pale beige coloured collar. The brew already has a kind off sticky body - which looks appealing. The nose contains huge amounts of malts, a lingering bitterness, dish water and a coffee backbone. These coffee flavoures actually are downtuned towards a cup of watery, weak coffee. Also, the nose is flavoured with keen yeast features, brown sugar, and some cellar, dust, dirt and even turf notes - making this a truly Belgian styled brown ale. Apart from the interesting coffee touch, I would not value this ale as an appealing world-class brew. I’m glad the taste is the trump card for this Gouden Carolus Classic. The mouthfeel is rather medium than heavy sweet, with a firm dextrose hint. One can even discover standard sugar cubes, making the sweetness rather artificial. The body itself does not account for a super strong backbone. The malts have a crisp grains feeling, on the tongue there is a certain degree of oxydation: I know this brew can age very well, yet I would drink this bottle fresh without metallic annoyances. The mouthfeel also has a fruityness, alas with a too abrupt finish, but it is allright. Think of dry fruit, blue berries even, unripe strawberries. Almost too subtle, there are sour dashes present. The warming alcohol feature is perfectly balanced, built around the taste sensation. All in all, this wellknown brew is not top notch. But the looks and taste aren’t bad, for sure, with well balanced coffee and fruity aspects.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drmet (788) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - AUG 23, 2016
L: -pours a clear brown with ruby tinges and a big,foamy,sand-coloured head -low to medium carbonation visible S: -caramel,toffee,strawberries,chocolat carbonation -light to medium body -no alcohol detectable O: Tastes more like an English Strong Ale rather than a typical Belgian Dark. I really like this.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PowY (146) - - AUG 20, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt along with some solvent and very little yeast. Full body with low carbonation and heavy (maybe a little too much) sweetness and rather alcoholic. Taste of roasted malt, molasses and sugar melon. Very characteristic beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nurmis (344) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2016
0,75l bottle. Pours dark brown with beige head. Thick almost creamy mouthfeel. Plums, sugar, raisin. Heavy sweetness, medium bitterness. One of the best.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
puren (676) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - AUG 16, 2016
Prezentacja:
ciemnobrązowe / rubinowe, średnio obfita piana zostaje do końca, pięknie zdobi szkło;
Aromat:
słodki, karmel, cukier trzcinowy, słodka kawa, lody śmietankowe, śliwka w alkoholu;
Odczucie:
ciało średnie, niesamowicie kremowe, puszyste, ze słodkim finiszem, lekkim ściąganiem na języku i alkoholem piekącym w usta;
Smak:
słodki, za aromatem, dodatkowo rum i drewno, lekka krótka karmelowa goryczka;
Ogólnie:
wspaniale bogate i efektowne w ustach, ehhhh, Belgia...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (2348) - oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 15, 2016
Botella 33 cl en el Lupulo Junio 2009 (r1448). Lote 0730147 hasta 23..05..2010. Colección. Belga original con sabores maltosos y 8.5 vol que se notan desde el principio. Sensación de licor. Bastante buena.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (782) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Ruskea, hieman punertava ja sameahko olut pienehköllä, mutta pitkään kestävällä vaahdolla. Tuoksu houkuttelevan makean belgihiivainen, hieman aniksinen, kypsän hedelmäinen ja karamellinen. Maku jatkaa samalla linjalla ollen pehmeän karamellinen ja makean maltainen, kypsän hedelmäinen ja loppupuoleltaan hieman suolaisen ja pippurisen humaloitu sekä aniksinen. Keskitäyteläinen/täyteläinen suutuntuma, makean tahmainen. Aika helposti juotava makea tumma belgi, mutta ihan mielenkiintoinen ja laadukas kokonaisuus.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ulrikolsen (273) - DENMARK - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown with beige head. Aroma is malty and sweet with dried and overripe fruits and slightly fruity. Also slightly roasted. Taste is complex, malty and sweet with caramel, dried fruits with figs and dates, and hints of roasted malts. Finish is surprisingly dry despite the sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sjorsvdg (409) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2016
Robijnrood bier, met een fruitige neus. In het smaakpalet kom je rozenbottel, aardbei, en specerijen tegen. Ook is de hop aanwezig. Mooi bier.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evilkniamhel (463) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle from Plzen. Pours opaque black. Nose of fig rolls, christmas cake, cinnamon. Taste is full bodied and well rounded. Complex, really interesting flavour.


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