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

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RATINGS: 1462   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dink (50) - Sudbury, Ontario, - MAR 21, 2011
2 year old bottle deep brown and red. Off white head, fades in chalice. Smells sweet Plums, raisins, fruitcake. Carbonation seems to have faded away, because that familiar Belgian crisp carbonation is absent, it’s not pushing any malt flavours out. Sweet tasting grape, sugars, vinous. Meh, too sweetish, not enough backbone. Ridiculously smooth tasting, almost imperceptible alcohol. BAD BOTTLE? BAD STORAGE?


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheAubergine (13) - ITALY - SEP 30, 2016
Una birra superlativa, completa, profumata. Coriandolo, agrumi e un malto molto equilibrato. Schiuma persistente, gassata, profumata di caffè.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1364) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2016
Bière ambrée presqur brune. La mousse est aussi abondante et attirante qu’elle est difficile à décrire. Un nez de levures belges, de fruits confits, de date, de fruits noirs séchés, de gomme balloune et un petit quelque chose qui me rappelle le crème soda. Je suis gagné par ces saveurs d’une grande complexité où jamais je n’ai l’impression de boire in breuvage à 8,5% d’alcool. La texture est à la fois riche et légère. Soyeux, ce liquide m’apparaît profondément sexy. Il me serait facile de déguster cette bière régulièrement.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobinRamakers (5) - BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2016 does not count
Zeer verfrissend en fruitige smaak. Alhoewel het 9% is proef je de alcohol niet zo overdreven. Heeft award voor beste bier 2012 gewonnen.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alex_leit (2367) - Minsk, BELARUS - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle. Mahogany-tan color, thin foam. Aroma: powerful esters and alcohols, dried fruits, candied jam, port wine. Taste: strong, malty, dried fruits and raisins, alcohols, but very soft, warming.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kittenbieer (39) - LYON, FRANCE - SEP 17, 2016
Jolie robe brun-rouge avec une légère mousse ivoire . Des odeurs d’arômes maltés et fruités( figues, pruneaux, raisins..) Aspect un d’un vin liquoreux en début de dégustation avec l’alcool qui se fait sentir. En fin de bouche apparaît le houblon avec une agréable douceur. Excellente bière riche et bien équilibrée!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
appiantiqua (48) - Lyon, FRANCE - SEP 17, 2016
Dégustée dans un verre calice Maredsous. Robe brun sombre avec une mousse de persistance moyenne. Nez qui révèle des arômes de raisin, vin rouge et levure. Le goût ajoute des notes de prunes, cerises et chocolat le tout dans un bel équilibre. L’arrière bouche est légèrement sur l’alcool et raisonnablement sucrée. Une très bonne bière!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
darbeer75 (523) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Aroma: very malty with few belgian spices; Appearance: rich dark brown/cola colored with off white head that dissipates fairly slowly; Taste: follows nose, with too much malt for my taste, which is disappointing; Palate: medium-heavy body with long, malty finish. Overall: not what I was hoping for. Would not buy again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALIBALI (692) - Kiel, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2016 Dunkle,schwer, sehr süß und daher auch elixierartig. In der Nase was angeröstetes und viel Gewürz/Kräuteraroma. Definitiv ein Winter/Kaminbier. 0,25l/? vom Hahn im CAFE DE KLIKSPAAN in Groningen.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2651) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Spiced cough-syrup sweet aroma. Murky brown-red color with a sudsy white head. Cherry and spiced sweet flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hamirubi (566) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2016
33cl bottle at Sportbar Time Out, Waarschoot (24 VIII 2016). Listed on the beer map as "Carolus Donker". This is the "classic" Malines brown ale, which has already yielded worldwide recognition and hence global beer awards. The appearance is a lovely smooth black ale with reddish gloom. On top there is a quite long lasting, yellow pale beige coloured collar. The brew already has a kind off sticky body - which looks appealing. The nose contains huge amounts of malts, a lingering bitterness, dish water and a coffee backbone. These coffee flavoures actually are downtuned towards a cup of watery, weak coffee. Also, the nose is flavoured with keen yeast features, brown sugar, and some cellar, dust, dirt and even turf notes - making this a truly Belgian styled brown ale. Apart from the interesting coffee touch, I would not value this ale as an appealing world-class brew. I’m glad the taste is the trump card for this Gouden Carolus Classic. The mouthfeel is rather medium than heavy sweet, with a firm dextrose hint. One can even discover standard sugar cubes, making the sweetness rather artificial. The body itself does not account for a super strong backbone. The malts have a crisp grains feeling, on the tongue there is a certain degree of oxydation: I know this brew can age very well, yet I would drink this bottle fresh without metallic annoyances. The mouthfeel also has a fruityness, alas with a too abrupt finish, but it is allright. Think of dry fruit, blue berries even, unripe strawberries. Almost too subtle, there are sour dashes present. The warming alcohol feature is perfectly balanced, built around the taste sensation. All in all, this wellknown brew is not top notch. But the looks and taste aren’t bad, for sure, with well balanced coffee and fruity aspects.


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