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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1515   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
gerardoluna (193) - MEXICO - SEP 18, 2008
[Eyes] Dark brown color with a mostly discreet, small white head. [Nouse] The aroma is strong fruity with hints of banana, malt caramel, yeast, vanilla, and brown cuban sugar. [Mouth] Great Full body with nice and gentile carbonation, notes of flavors of sweet, strong fruits, sugar and yeast. The Afther taste is long and sweet with a touch of caramel and vanilla. An excellent beer.

4.5
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2008
Dark reddish brown, bubbly, with a thick creamy tan head. Very Belgian aroma, sweet raisin, grape candy, fruitcake. The great thing about this beer is the aroma tells you exactly what to expect from the taste. Sweet grape, raisin, fruitcake witth enough carbonation to remind you are having a beer. Alcohol blends so well you can be fooled into having a few. Have this one instead of desert.

4.5
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - SEP 7, 2008
Porco boia che buona la Gouden Carolus; se vi dico che mi aspettavo tutt’altra birra mi credete?? Versa di un colore scuro bellissimo con schiuma beige chiara, molta e compatta; l’aroma è complesso e dolce, un poco vinoso, caramelloso ma con sentori di legna bruciata e di sera d’inverno. Il sapore è fantastico e intrigante, una complessità di cacao, ribes nero e crema di latte si ammoscia leggermente nel mezzo in un calore alcolico pronunciato per poi rispuntare nel finale e nel retrogusto. Una birra stratosferica.

4.2
romeogolf (6) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2008 does not count
750ml bottle bought from Brewery Creek and poured into a Chimay chalice. Deep garnet in colour with a full, tight, cream head. Malty aroma with cherry, prune, and raisin. Moderately malty and sweet taste; smooth with slightly bitter finish. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Dark, smooth, complex, warming.

4.3
JuStuka (201) - Edo De Mex, MEXICO - SEP 2, 2008
Dark brown color, Flavor malty and has sweetness of dried fruits and a bit sourness in the finish

4.1
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2008
0.33l bottle into trappist glass. Pours a deep oily black with a small tan head that quickly dissapears. Smell raisens, fruit and some alcohol. Taste is sweet, chocolatey, raisens, prunes and fruit. Some carbonation. Very good indeed.

3.8
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Dark brown pour with fluffy white head and lots of yeasties. Oak, malts, and grape on the nose. Chocolate, leather, and pear. very nice beer

4.5
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 27, 2008
Bottle (in NZ), pours a dark brown with a reddish hue, and a large frothy head that didn’t hold on for long. On the nose we have some medicinal malt, wood, grapes and cherries. There is a tempting subtleness to the aroma. The palate is equally complex - very smooth, with a crispness through the swallow. The malt is chocolately and leathery, with a glazed fruit flavour. This is delicious!

3.8
Parasympatikus (25) - , FINLAND - AUG 24, 2008
Aroma is sweet and roasted. Flavor is also sweet with a hint of pear and toffee.

4.2
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2008
RateBeer Rating, Style and Glass: 97, Belgian Strong, Trappist, tulip, tumbler ABV, Volume & Calories: 8.5 % in 11.2 fl oz. estimated at 200 C Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $3.50 ($13.99 Belgian sampler) Aroma: syrupy, sweet, funk, mold. 8 out of 10. Visuals: clear, deep red, long lasting white head, very lacy. 5 out of 5. Taste: leather, salt, fruit, apple, no hops, strong. 8 out of 10. Palate: acrid, plastic, long finish. 4 out of 5. Overall: Seems like a very good brown ale. I’d have it again, and it’s very good. Well crafted, and the best of the three I tried so far. 17 out of 20.


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