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

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RATINGS: 1356   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
romeogolf (6) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - SEP 3, 2008
750ml bottle bought from Brewery Creek and poured into a Chimay chalice. Deep garnet in colour with a full, tight, cream head. Malty aroma with cherry, prune, and raisin. Moderately malty and sweet taste; smooth with slightly bitter finish. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Dark, smooth, complex, warming.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lokitje (94) - - JUL 29, 2015
pours een dark light brown sturdy foam which sets nicely nice aroma dark malt some caramel taste sugary caramel somewhat sweet thick full bodied beer

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
heyden (108) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 25, 2015
A giant raisan; in nose body and taste. Super sweet, complex and a little bit spicy. Slightly tannin, but in a nice way. Warming alcohol beautifully blends in. Worth the $16 I paid for it!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (98) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2015
Aroma: Roasted malt, brown sugar, raisin, cherries, dark fruit. Appearance: Dark brown coloured beer with a lasting off-white head. Taste/Palate: Dark fruits, cherries, caramel, brown sugar.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (176) - ITALY - JUL 23, 2015
Color rosso scuro, quasi marrone, con riflessi granata, limpida, schiuma beige compatta ma non molto persistente. Aroma prevalentemente fruttato: uva passa, prugna e amarena; zucchero caramellato, lievito belga, nocciole. Al palato stesse caratteristiche, nota di cacao, molto dolce ma non stucchevole, sul finale leggera nota amaricante data dai malti tostati, leggera astringenza. Corpo pieno, mediamente carbonata.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rubin77 (135) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 21, 2015
F: beige frothy head diminishing to nice bubble film. C: dark coppery colour. A: roasted malt, brown sugar, raisin, dates, sweet cherries, yeast, nuts. T: sweet roasted malt, caramel, hint of cherries, banana and milk chocolate, dark fruit, some like wood tones and smoke, vinous, medium to full body, average carbonation, simply great made strong ale.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
TorbenJensen (490) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2015
The foam is a little flimsy in my Gouden Carolus Classic. The aroma is caramel malt, plum and raisin and a little spice. The flavor contains caramel, fruit (plum, raisin) and a light hop bitterness that leaves a dry aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruuurd (135) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2015
Complex flavours, nice warm sweet tones. Plum, nuts and caramels. If this is the 'classic', im curious about the other beers from this brewery!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IngetSlick (56) - - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle from Saveur Bière. Big, creamy, beige head. Dark brown/red body. Smells nutty, wheat, apricot, plums. Tastes a lot of plums and nuts. A bit salty and very sweet. Bitter and sweet aftertaste. Not my style but a decent brew.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
liquidbread86 (56) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 18, 2015
Sweet and alcoholic. Reminiscent of some Abbey ales. Recommended if you’re a fan of Trappists.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marstonlad (576) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours dark brown with a medium-sized frothy head that leaves some lacing. The aroma contains strong dark fruitiness with raisin and plum, sweet dark maltiness and some spiciness, also a touch of licorice. Taste is medium sweet and very rich in flavours; initially sweet dark, dried fruitiness and caramel, later breadier and nuttier nuances that linger on into a malty finish. Very estery, very yeasty all in all, warming alcohol in the periphery. The palate is delightfully smooth, full bodied and low in carbonation. Rich strong Belgian that more than deserves to be called a classic. A good one for slow relaxation.


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