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


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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the "Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw", the brewery launched a blond-version : Cuvée van de Keizer Rood. This beer is similar to the previous Gouden Carolus Easter Beer. Blond rich beer that is brewed each year during the easter period. It contains several types of malt and during brewing 3 herbs are added. It's golden blond colour, it's high alcohol concentration of 10 %, it's full and balanced taste make this beer into a source of vitality and strength which will appeal to the demanding beer taster. For ideal tasting pour out gently in one pull to a temperature round 7-8° C. Served with pride it is drunken with respect. This pleasant golden blond beer is chosen for he who loves a richer, somewhat spicy and refreshing beer.

Disclaimer: This is a blond version of the Cuvée Van de Keizer, introduced in 2008. The label has a red diagonal line.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
very softy hazed but almost transparent dark yellow with what starts as a large white topping but which settles thin, whispy white. Sweet, old citrus, hay-like nose with a distant gingerbread/anise touch. More sweet old-citrus flavors with boozy, grassy, almost off-putting/malt-liqour like characterstics...the sweet carries the flavors throughout...hay, citrus, and booze. everywhere. Big heavy, thick, sweet body...bloating...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Big puffy head, slight over-foam but not too bad. Nose yeasty, lots of perfume and some breadiness. The alcohol is very strong in this one, easily the most boozy Gouden Carolus I’ve had, rather overpowering at first. After my palate adjusted, become more drinkable, fruity and a bit crisp. Has some odd bitterness notes to it like orange peels mixed with anise or something, doesn’t fit the beer well. Really overpoweringly strong, killed off any subtleness I might have been looking for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2192) - Belgrade, SERBIA - OCT 18, 2008
750ml bottle. Incredibly clean pour with huge pillow head that quickly disappeared. white grapes, yeast, hop and candi sugar on nose. very sqeet with huge, sprite carbonation, which is a nice, necc. balance. drying aftertaste but still moist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhagmar (114) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2008
75 cl bottle, thanks ekstedt. Cloudy light amber with a fully lasting, frothy white head, showing excellent lacing. Light notes of straw, heavily hoppy with aromas of flowers, perfume, grapefruit and lemon. Lightly yeasty smell of soap, also bubble gum and quite alcoholic. Moderately sweet with light bitterness and acidity and an average finish. Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (5405) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle (75 cl) from Systembolaget. Hazy golden, large white head. Spicy, citric, yeasty, phenolic, with notes of orange peels. Medium bodied and smooth. Dry and well balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2008
Bottle at home from Utobeer. Alround rating: Strong alcohol notes, peachy peppery notes, sweet and not really very appealing at all. Strong for the sake of being strong from what i can see.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009
Name: Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer (Red)
Date: October 08, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Appearance: clear deep gold, frothy white head, streaks of sudsy drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma with a candy malt sweetness balanced by lots of phoenolic spicyness, light bready character
Body: creamy highly carbonated body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of candy sweetness, nice balancing spicyness, nice bready character that provides a good base for the candied malt, candy gives way to a fruityness

Name: Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer (Red)
Date: February 14, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: Brick Store
Score: 3.3
Appearance: hazy gold, thick dense white head, thick sheets of lace
Aroma: rich sweet fruity aroma, light spicyness
Flavor: rich fruity flavor, sweetness is well balanced with a growing spicyness
Overall: less of the candy character on draft, a bit more subdued, bottle wins

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7783) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2008
(75 cl bottle from Systembolaget, thanks to deft!)
BB 31/12/2011
2008 Vintage
Sampled side by side with the blue one
Clear or perhaps slight hazy straw color, big lasting white head. Sweet, spicy, alcohol, floral, caramel, fruity scent. Spicy, dry - very dry, not sweet as expected, phenolic taste. Very dry aftertaste. I’d like more sweetness. Alcohol well hidden in taste. Warming alcohol in the stomach region after a while. Surprisinlgy medium mouthfeel for such a high alcohol beer. Low hop bitterness, medium peppry alcohol bitterness. Scent turns into wood and dirt cellar after a while. Quite hard to define, also big difference between scent and flavor. Some citrus scent also. Turns hazy towards the end of the bottle, perhaps shady even.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
keepersj12 (2679) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Very fruity winelike aroma. Pours a cloudy amber with a huge frothy head that stays around. Complex flavor with sweet fruit with a dry finish. Top notch beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2008
(Bottle 75 cl) Almost clear golden with a dense white head leaving laces. Sweetish - and somewhat spicy - perfumy aroma. Quite full-bodied with sweetish malt and fruit. Has an odd unclean edge and a herbal and alcoholic finish. Still a very decent beer though. 050908

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