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


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RATINGS: 1437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.

Bricks' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bricks (928) - Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Strong, strong smell of fruit and alcohol. I knew this one was going to have a rich, robust taste. Appearance was great. Only a good head, but excellent color. Was awfully sweet. Great for the first half.. but the sweetness wore on me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scooterbub (996) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JUN 30, 2016
11.2 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown with a thine tan head. Taste is of roasted malt, caramel, molasses, dark fruit and toffee. Dark fruit, molasses and malt aroma. Has a full body with a warming finish. The finish reminds me of sake. Quite excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5403) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2016
1976 33cL bottle shared by Dennis on 6/10/16.
Still carbonated and though the head retention’s not immense, the fact it still pours a dark beige head at all is very impressive. Golden-mahogany body shows good clarity.
Cloves and brown sugar slowly emerge from their dusty, musty slumber. Light vanilla and even a touch of honey. Pretty incredible how well this has resisted the less desirable oxidative notes. No cardboard or soy.
Light bubble gum, clove, brown sugar and some old toffee and cellar all give a tired but still pretty impeccable flavor. Soft, malty texture and moderately engaging carbonation. Not my favorite brewery (not a big fan of the yeast and sweetness) but you have to respect how well the stuff ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gespuccian (107) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue, some light lacing. This looks like a classic Belgian Strong Ale. Nose has some dried fruit - date, currant, maybe. Malt, sweet dried fruit, caramel. A really pleasant body, smooth, full, but not tipping its hand on the high ABV. Really nice, easy-drinking Belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (715) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
On tap. Pours a hazy deep red-brown with a thin, beige head that leaves spotty lacing. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, port wine and light cinnamon. Sweet flavour of dark fruit, caramel malt, brown sugar, port wine and cinnamon with a dry finish. Full body with a creamy, smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kingaugusta (194) - Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2016
Pours hazy copper with a fluffy tan head. Nose is sweet and inviting with lots of sugar, fruit, and distinct Belgian esters. Flavor is a similar profile to the nose but with a surprisingly long but dry finish. Alcohol presence is low for the style. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DomD (239) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2016
Draft. Aroma of caramel with nuts. Pours a deep brown with off white head. Taste is light to medium sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mariuspoenari (1222) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2016
33cl bottle. Dark reddish brown with a thin beige head. Smells like fermented apples, apple pie, raisins, prunes. The taste follows the same notes, adding a layer of caramel on top of everything. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation and a sticky sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Michael27 (456) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUN 3, 2016
Aus der Flasche getrunken (vom NL- Händler bezogen). Hellbraun mit sehr stabilem Schaum. In der Nase nicht viel. Malzig-würzig im Geschmack. Der Alkohol kommt sehr, sehr spät...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fules (500) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - JUN 1, 2016
Nagy, tömör hab, szép sötét vörösesbe hajló barna szín. Illata finom fűszeres, kis karamelles beütéssel. Határozott karamelles, égetett cukros jelleg, édeskés. Enyhe fűszeres mellékíz. Utóízében az égetett cukor a domináns. Testes sör.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton_w (186) - - MAY 4, 2016
Dark clear ruby to black color, medium tan head. Medium malty aroma. Caramel sweet, spicy, yeasty taste. Full body, thick texture, average carbonation.

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