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


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RATINGS: 568   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5595) - 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 (10884) - 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 (8795) - 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 (2945) - 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 (25073) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Clear golden color with a thin white head. Fruity apple nose with a touch of jasmine. Fruity flavor with a dry caramel mid to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (8573) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2008
Huge dense yellowish head over clear yellow-golden beer, well-carbonated. Sharp, volatile CO², later vanilla, white candi sugar, sweet-peppery. Very outspoken liquorice flavour, unsettling in such a pale brew. Then, Gawdelpus, some diacetyl and lots of coriander kick in. Fake citrus, real liquorice. Warming up, a sweet fruity taste, as from the applesyrup coming out of Tarte Tatin, but tainted more and more by a cheap alcohol tang. Sharpish; medium bodied at least, very slick, near oily. Not my kind of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3972) - - OCT 5, 2008
a cloudy gold beer with lots of lively lacing under a large whipped cream looking head. an excellent looking beer. tripel-like aroma with yeast, sweet sugary malts, marshmallow, and floral hops. caramel, yeast, spicy floral hops, and red apples all show in the flavor. very balanced. medium bodied. high carbonation but creamy. this one seems to be made with great quality. well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2869) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 Pours with a super strong, not fading, medium sized head. So much sticky lacing left on the glass. Completely clear golden color, with visible carbonation. Aroma is Belgian-y sweet with some tropical fruit esters. The light heft of the sweetness is offset by the esters. Taste is again full of tropical esters, some doughiness, and a bit of alcohol at the end of the flavor. The alcohol and esters come off as faintly citric in the aftertaste. Its a really full mouthfeel yet easy going down because of the "just enough" carbonation. Definitely comes off as big but not over the top. The alcohol is lightly there but never gets in the way, just adds heft to the beer. Bottom of the bottle only hazes up the beer, so this must be pretty damn filtered and not for aging. Anyway its best now.
750mL cork&wire, Westy goblet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11380) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2008
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a lightly hazy tarnished gold with a lasting creamy off white head. Aromas of pear, yeast, light straw and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of pear, light apple, spice and yeast with a smooth dry bittersweet finish.

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