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

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RATINGS: 1247   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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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?


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (869) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown red pour with a nice beige head. Raisin, chocolate, oak, leather. Medium to full body. A lot of dried fruits. Nice

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Foffern (1227) - Bodř, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle at home. over 2 years old. Pours a deep, reddish brown colour with a medium, beige head. Nice sweet aroma of dried fruit, leather, heather, chocolate, wood and some alcohol. The flavour is also sweet with lots of chocolate, fudge, vanilla and wood. Has a sliky mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A wonderful, balanced and sweet belgian strong ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (107) - GREECE - SEP 14, 2014
From tap at "To Dento sto Bar", Thessaloniki. Dark brown-red color with beige head. Aroma is "wineous", dark fruity, raisins, alcohol. Taste is sweet, light malty caramel, wineous and raisins again, spicy. Medium body, oily, soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leini (776) - SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
On tap @ a local bar. Deep brown body with a low tan head. Chocolate, dark sugar, toffee, dried fruits and some earthy notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
darrennelson12 (414) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
In bottle (Delerium/Brussels); really enjoyed this one .. poured dark with aroma of toffee and some cocoa. Very smooth, same toffee and cocoa notes as the aroma. Quite nice . I will definitely buy this one again

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jolo (917) - Uppsala, Sweden, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle. A clear red-brown colour with a medium high, beige head. An aroma of sugar, spice, raisin and alcohol. The taste is medium sweet and light bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1269) - - SEP 7, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-13-13- Poured from bottle into a chalice glass Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown color with a one finger cream colored head that fades relatively quickly. Upon fading, over about a one minute time period, a lighter level of lace is left on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is a mix of a lightly roasted and bready malt as well as aromas of sweet sugary and darker fruit smell. The heaviest of the malt is a roasted barley malt but there are notes of chocolate and coffee mixed within as well. The sugary smells are mainly of a caramel nature and are mixed with fruit aromas of a raisin, prune and fig. Rounding out all these are aromas of some alcohol as well as some spicy smells and a bit of an earthy hop smell. Taste – The taste begins sweet with flavors of a caramel and a whole lot of dark fruits. The dark fruits are mainly of a prune flavor but have some hints of a raisin and fig flavors mixed within. There are flavors of a roasted malt breadiness upfront as well, which ends up fading ever so slightly as the flavor advances. As the breadines fades, a coffee and chocolate taste begins taking its place. While the flavor advances further, so too comes some of the spice flavors that were detected in the nose (nutmeg and cinnamon). A rather decent potent rum flavor as well as a bit of a woody and earthy flavor then come to the tongue more at the end where it melds well with the prune and darker chocolate and coffee flavors to leave an odd warming flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The beer is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A little lighter of a body may actually have suited the odd mix of fruity flavor and darker flavors better due to the complementation of the fruit and drinkability and lessening of the chocolate and coffee flavors. Overall – The chocolate and coffee flavors were a little odd in this brew and took away from the nice blend of fruit, malt and rum tastes. Not bad, but not the best Belgian strong dark out there

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatehunter (1215) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Pours two fingers of light tan head on a dark brown colored body. The aroma is caramel, spices and brown sugar. The taste is mild sweetness at first, more brown sugar sweetness middle to end, some figs to finish. The texture is soft but thicker with low carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (2028) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 3, 2014
"Had a bign to myself :) pleasant all around as expected. Perhaps a bit darker. Was expecting more golden than brown for some reason. Dark fruits and an herbal yeasty kick greet the nose and palate. Finishes sweet, slightly dry, and slightly alcoholic. Solid BSA."

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerman33190 (52) - FRANCE - SEP 1, 2014
Nice aroma of boiled sweets, toffee. Rich, velvety palate and very smooth tasting. L’alcohol is invisible here, which is perhaps my only gripe.


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