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

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RATINGS: 1273   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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.


Inveigler's rating

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Huge cotton candy and bubble gum aromas in the aroma -- this stuff smells like the day I spent working a concession stand at a carnival. Muddy, murky, ruddy appearance with tinge of amber and lots of haziness. NIce sugary sweetness with a little acidic souness and plenty more hops than I would anticipate. Nice overall mouthfeel and a pleasant warmth. A very good brew.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AntoineGRD (61) - - NOV 27, 2014
La bière Gouden Carolus Classic est une bière brune issue d'une fermentation haute. Cette bière bénéficie d'une refermentation en bouteille qui va lui permettre d'achever son évolution et d'affiner ses qualités gustatives.. Elle présente à sa sortie de la bouteille, une belle robe acajou tirant sur le rubis. Cette robe est couverte d'une mousse abondante mais éphémère. La Gouden Carolus Classic laisse apparaitre dans le nez des arômes maltés et très fruités qui évoque le caramel, les prunes et les raisins. Une touche anisée est également perceptible. On découvre ensuite sur le palais des saveurs elles aussi maltées et fruitées avec un aspect un peu liquoreux. Des notes torréfiées accompagnent des saveurs de fruits noirs et de fruits secs. On retrouve notamment des notes de prunes, de pruneaux, de raisins et de raisins secs. Associées à l'alcool, ces saveurs de fruits noirs rappellent certaines liqueurs de fruits. Le houblon se fait discret ici et la fin de bouche et relativement douce et maltée.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cinctus (171) - - NOV 22, 2014
Puts dark, almost black with a slight head. Mild alcoholic aroma, nothing particularly strong. Great sweet flavour, can hardly taste the strength.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4000) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Aroma is malts, caramel/toffee and medium ssweetness. The flavor is caramel, fruit/berries, malts and a medium sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rondphoto (2197) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2014
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear dark brown color, beige rim head, splotches of lace. Taste is roasted caramel malt that is dark and heavy, blooming in the palate to a rich, loamy, dark fruit filled body that adds alcohol warmth and semi-sweet malt on the swallow, the mild bittering continuing to a long finish. Big and full and satisfying.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Distance_Runner (29) - BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2014
I tired it in Le Patin, Flagey, Brussels I love ’Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw’ so I liked this one a lot too

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SarkyNorthener (2259) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from beersofeurope. Very dark brown beer with small head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel, rasins and dark malts. Taste is sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, sugar candy and some alcohol warmth. Medium bodied with some oil. Excellent beer, very drinkable indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RW80 (709) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2014
33cl Bottle, Appearance: . Pours a deep, reddish brown colour with a 2 gingers sized , beige head. with ok retention, Aroma: Dried dark fruit, leather, chocolate, wood, a hint of yeast and some alcohol. - Quite nice and complex for it’s style. Taste: Sweet, dried dark fruits, chocolate and caramel. A hint of vanilla and some wood. Nice sliky texture and medium body, but this bottle had a bit too much fizzy carbonation. (Which might be sorted out by storing this longer the best before date suggest it’s Quite fresh.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2351) - BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2014
Classic in every sense of the word, this beer has been in existence since the fifties, but underwent a certain change in the late nineties. Allegedly a derivative of the ’Mechelsen bruynen’ emperor Charles V enjoyed back in the sixteenth century, this is the flagship of Flanders’ oldest brewery. The current version displays a pale beige, sticky, lacing, thinnish but stable head and a clear wine-red colour with little to no visible fizz. Strongly perfumed aroma of cookie dough, port wine, butterscotch, chocolate liqueur, orange peel, coriander seed, cooked corn, baked banana, liquorice, cardamom, star aniseed, apple cake, gingerbread, old cognac, raisins, hints of sour yoghurt, meat and fresh paint, as well as a (luckily) very, very weak hint of nail polish remover. Taste reveals a truckload of candied fruits, sweet in a sugary and spicy kind of way, resinous and smooth mouthfeel with soft carbonation, ubiquitous toffee-like and caramelly malts, a bit oily, candi syrup sweetness cloying a bit, insufficiently balanced with leafy, drying hop bitterness and warming, port-like alcohol. The candi sugary sweetness lingers too much, making it hard for me to pour down and sticking to tongue and throat, yet the aroma is fantastic. I remember this in its old guise, without the weary corn, refermented in the bottle and with the old label; it was equally sweet, but yeastier and more ’natural’ back then, but in its current form, this is still an important Belgian, one of those old-time favorites and a must taste. I do not like overtly sweet beers but in this case, the complex aroma makes it easy to forgive; it would benefit from less sugar, though. Let’s see how the three remaining bottles age in the cellar: if they become anything like that special ’58 version I tasted of this, I’m sure I have invested in a certain amount of happiness five or more years from now...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (939) - SPAIN - NOV 6, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Cerveceria Internacional. Color marron oscuro. Sabor a malta, dulce, caramelo, muy ligeramente a uvas pasas.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerViking (2642) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
Bottle, deep red-brown with a lasting off-white head and aromas of toffee, strawberries and old oak barrels. Palate is dry-sweet and fruity, with caramel and bourbon notes. Faint hints of pear, banana and vanilla.


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