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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1303   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.


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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McSherman (186) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 1, 2015
Bewertung importiert von bier index: 8 / 8 / 7 / 7 / 5 / 4 / 4 / 5 / 75

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Deu (812) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 19, 2015
Hazy brown color with rich white head. Medium carbonation. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins, dates, also cherries, sweet malts, nuts and yeast. Taste is malty, yeasty, with dark fruits, caramel and molasses. Well hidden alcohol and a slightly sour aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rob_D_UK (1112) - Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2015
Pours dark brown with a velvety off white head. Aroma has berries and the taste is complex and warming

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wixie (90) - BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
Very dark liquid, little head. Light aroma of malt. Medium body, light carbonation. Taste is sweet and bitter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flying_pig (1051) - SCOTLAND - FEB 12, 2015
330ml bottle from Beers Of Europe website (£2.89):
An enjoyable beer that proved easy enough to drink but in truth didn’t really strike me as a memorable offering or one that I’d be all that likely to go back to in the future. There was nothing wrong with the beer as such, it just seemed to be missing that special something that would have found be rating it higher. This was partially down to the beer following a fairly predictable pattern from nose to taste with the ripe fruits and sweetness staying consistent throughout; a decent beer but there are better Belgian offerings out there to be had.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Teran (96) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 25, 2015
Classic art from the Flanders’ fields. Delicious body, fizzy carbonation. Important Belgian beer, among all of important Belgian beers. Light cloudy gold, light bitter. it is perfectly sweet and sour. White stable top. Strongly perfumed aroma of butterscotch cookie, port wine with cherry hints. Not very promising on the nose, but when you try it - delicious!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SinH4 (497) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Brown color with a golden highlight. Medium tan head. Prunes, caramel, classic Belgian brown feeling, but very balanced! Foamy carbonation. After decanting, a syrupy feeling takes over. A classic, and a good one!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DrRizzotto (14) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - JAN 21, 2015
Caramel, cheese, alcohol, butterscotch, alcohol, leaves, raisin, rotten eggs, skunky, ginger

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Icedwarf (499) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2015
Zwart bier met schuim. Smaak is krachtig maar toch in balans, zoet, heel lichte rooksmaak, chokolade en caramel. Lijkt erg op een abt/quadrupel bier. Erg goed bier, smaak blijft lang hangen.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MunBro (619) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
Wow. A perfect Belgian. I could write an essay on all the nuances and subtleties I enjoyed but instead I am just going to tell you it is far and away a top beer of the 550+ I have enjoyed to date and you need to get a bottle if you see it.


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