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


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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2677) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2008
Bottled: Pours hazy, deep golden with a large head. Marzipan and orange aroma with some disturbing notes of sweaty socks and old cheese. light body. Flavour has more oranges, some caramel and a boozy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4595) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, blonde body with a very tall, very white head. Smell: Sweet-smelling, phenolic, a bit boozy, and simply chock full of rich fruitiness. Plenty of spice and fresh herbs as well. Pinch of yeast. Taste: Sweet, sugary maltiness mixed with a herbal gentian taste, star anise, dried orange peel, and heavy-handed dose of pepper and spices. Fairly phenolic throughout. Fruity flavors of white grapes, peaches, green apples, and under-ripe plums. Minor hint of vanilla upon warming. Oh, and a big wallop of booze near the end. Candi sugar taste perks up now and again. Finishes dry and warming with a lingering mingling of perfumy, grapefruity components. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Well carbonated. Drinkability: It’s certainly not subtle, as there’s tons going on here. A bit alcoholic initially, but once it starts coursing through your system you learn to live with it, even enjoy it, and focus on the expressive fruit character and punchy phenols. Still though, I’d stick with the blue, babies!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Clear light amber with rising bubbles and a frothy white head. Big yeasty, earthy belgian spice aromas. medium body with a frothy mouthfeel. Nice fruity sweet, yeasty estery flavors of peaches, mangos, and earthy papaya flesh is nicely complex. The 10% is well hidden here. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (4379) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 750 ml. Clear golden with a creamy, enduring head. Beautiful frosting left on the glass. Aromas of peach bubblegum, caramel, apple, and citrus peel. Flavor starts with a sweet malty blend of the same, then turns to a spicy-resin and citrus peel flavor that balances well. The finish is dry and a bit harsh with booze and the bitter peel-spice-resin combo. Light body is too fizzy for me and very dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2965) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Bottle from SL. Pour was golden highly sparkly, big huge head, good lacing. Upon opening the wire cage, the cork went flying out and rocketing toward the ceiling of bfeld’s house, yikes! Loud pop, big scare, no Al-Quida, though, phew! The aroma was white grapes, candy, apples, some yeast. The flavor followed, rich candy sweet white grapes and apples (in a great way), the deceiving impression of plums, but this thing was too pale for such a thing? Dunno, it retained the plum-iness of the standard kaizer somehow. The mouthfeel was sweet and full, but it stayed clear of stick with high carbonation and some yeasty dryness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1474) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Pours a light golden honey color, and is hugely carbonated. Aroma of sweet, overripe fruits, yeast and alcohol. The intense carbonation manages to cleanse your mouth of the (otherwise overly) sweet flavor, which includes apples and apricots. Sweet, very dry with a good tang. Very good.

   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 (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - 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.

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