JHeath99 (1409) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with beige head. Aroma of bready malts, yeast, and dark fruits. Taste is similar but with a nice woody hint.
GarrettB (1202) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
August 7th, 2013 - These days Belgian beers get slotted into my drinking schedule less and less, in favor of the local brewers putting out new and innovative entries on what seems to be a weekly basis. But a return to the old country proves why I should make more trips to the store to take an imaginary trip across the Atlantic. Gouden Carolus’ Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw is a testament to the brilliant engineering that goes into a well balanced Belgian Strong Ale. The pour gives off a deep, burgundy red beer with a head that barely sits up for the photograph, preferring to recline and settle into the body. The nose gives off deep umami hits of soy sauce and miso paste, with a thick layer of that mouth watering cheese richness, though thinner than most BSA’s. A more invokable comparison might be miso dressing, mixed with a bit of artisanal soy sauce and cocoa powder, and even a little dashi for extra warmth and tastiness. On the palate I immediately notice a smooth, velvety texture, which brings with it grape, cheese and yet more umami. The flavor firms and sweetens after it settles, giving off notes of spice and brown sugar, and where there was bordeaux grape in the foretaste, instead there’s a space filled more with baker’s sweets than the sugars of a farmer’s market. Though the alcohol is masked, it’s a sow sipping beer, with a strength behind the curtains. An approach to room temperature brings some pear juice to bear, upping the already remarkable quality of this brew.
Brandman (2338) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown body, light brown head. Aroma has cola, bread and chocolate and still noble hops comes through. Alcohol is present. Belgian yeast, which in this case is one of the best strains. Carolus has such wonderful charasteristics. Flavour is without alcohol, but has roastiness and raisins with really nice dark bready malt. Huge beer.
Bedni (337) - POLAND - APR 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: malty, sweet, a bit roasted plums, cherries, little cacao, coca-cola
color: very dark brown, almost black, clear
medium body, very smooth
taste, a bit alcohol, but not very agressive, its intense sweet, like Porto-wine
nice to taste something COMPLETLY different than ipa, or beer in general (not belgian way ;) )
Peter_L (1084) - SWEDEN - APR 10, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från SB, inköpt 2013. Massiva dofter av mörk fruktkaka och torkade dadlar, fikon, apelsinskal och sultanrussin. Söt smak där föregående fruktbord åter igen gör sig påmind. Mycket fyllig munkänsla med en härlig eldighet från alkoholen.
Mlacko (2) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 10, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Since 2004, it is on my favorite list:)
from Year to year i taste difference, and it looks it will be never repeated taste of 2004/2005.
in any case, wort of tasting.
klm1 (414) - - APR 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown oily colour with redish. Aroma of dark chocolate, hops, malts, caramel, raisins, dark fruits, little presence of vanilla. the same is the taste. Alcohol is notable but is also very well hidden. Overall Very good beer.
sonnycheeba (4186) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by jheath99. Pours dark brown with beige head. Aroma is bready and cookie malts, dark fruit notes, faint chocolate, and faint oak. Flavor is smooth dark fruits, chewy malt profile, light vanilla sweetness, and faint woody notes. Medium body.
Frothmeister (627) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a one finger tan head. It smells amazing. I can say with sincerity that I’ve never smelled a beer like this before. Molasses, raisin, serious red wine notes, alcohol, hazelnut, walnut, brandy, black licorice, and the "original" flavour of Ricola. As for taste, sweet with heavy raisin notes, LBV port, black licorice, light hazelnut, a light cinnamon note and some definite alcohol that turns into very surprising Dutch style licorice heavy flavours, port, and some dried fruit in the finish. This beer is a beast. Good, too damn good.
beerlover500 (8) - BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Drank the 2013 edition yesterday, bought few years back at the brewery.
Must say that the taste only got better. Still a top beer!