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

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RATINGS: 1188   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2002
Wow now this is a nice dark stong Belgian ale. Chocolate, raisin, banana, plum and vanilla notes. Taste is impressive as well, just the right amount of sweetness thrown in. Very tasty.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (500) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 12, 2014
Pours a dark, amber brown, with long lasting whitish head. Aroma is sweet, with hints of dark fruits. Taste of a nice dubbel, with notes of Belgian sugars. Well balanced and drinkable. Thumbs way up. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1466) - Earth, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2014
330ml bottle on Ko Phangan. Don’t believe I’ve ever seen this in the States, definitely not on the West Coast. Beautiful dark plum pour, little bit of lace, and a white head around the rim. Dark fruit malts, candied sugar, and a hint of roast on the nose. On the flavor is quite similar, dark and fruity in the plum realm, hints of buried coffee, and bits of candied sugar. A touch of burnt smoke on the finish making a beautifully rounded Belgian Ale!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (823) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2014
Dark with a light head that lasts a while. The aroma is a nice mix of dark fruit and candied sugar, along with there wonderful yeast. The flavor is a little on the sweet side but that’s to be expected. All in all, a fantastic beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (628) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 30, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Dark brown colour with off-white head. Yeast, dark fruits, caramel aroma. Sweet, malty and caramel taste, also some yeast. Medium to full body.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayzz (193) - Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Aroma: malty, sweetness, raisin Appearance: lacing, persistent head, very dark ruby color Taste: malt, raisin, plum Palate: thick, malty Overall: very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (401) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
Aroma is raison, fig, plum, belgian sugar and wild yeast. Taste is a very nice dark fruit sweetness paired with the belgian sugars. Taste has a slight liquor snap but a pleasant one. Body is a dark amber with a head that is a thin lace that retain s well.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2014
330 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 12/12/2012. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, candi sugar, toast, clove, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great complexity and balance of malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, apricot, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, candi sugar, clove, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, apricot, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, clove, brown bread, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome Belgian strong dark ale! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gwillrich (139) - São José dos Campos, BRAZIL - MAR 11, 2014
Coloração escura, com bom brilho. Boa formação de espuma e boa retenção. Sabores de caramelo e especiarias. Ótima!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (450) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 10, 2014
Bue à la pression. Raisin très présent. Finale presque florale. Un classique qui porte bien son nom ;)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAgutten79 (356) - Skui, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2014
Brunlig farge med medium skum. Aromaen er malt, gjær, rosiner og annen tørket frukt. Smaken er tørket frukt, gjær og antydninger til alkohol. Medium/tykk konsistens. Først søt, så mye tørket frukt og en mild bitterhet til slutt.


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