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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: 1521   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Het Anker Brewery still brews "The Emperors 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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CH-303 (2183) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 30, 2008
Appearance: Chestnut brown. Not much head. Aroma: Dark fruit. Prunes, raisins. Malty. Taste: Again, dark fruit. Prunes. Some malt. Slight mocha-taste. Info: 330ml bottle, 5/12-2006, 119/500

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3443) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Little bottle. Pours fairly dark, kind of a mahogany and a decent head even in a Trappist glass. The aroma is sweet, malty, with light esters. Subtle hints of clove, coriander, banana, chocolate pudding are all hinted. Its a soft, rounded aroma with little to no sharpness or bitterness. The flavor is much the same with a sweet, malty back bone highlighted by yeasty notes. The only suggestion of dryness is faint in the finish, this is definitely a juicy brew. Along with the spicy esters I get delicate hints of fruits: pears, grapes. This is a very well executed Belgian brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14989) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
750 ml bottle from Wine Specialist. Nice mahogany color with a rapidly diminishing beige/tan head. Rich malty aroma with a little yeast. Near medium body with creamy carbonation. The flavor is sweet malt with some medium dark fruit. Finish is more sweet than dry, but there is a little bitter. I think it is really delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottled. Pours dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malt, strong sweet belgian yeast, and a hint of bubble gum. Flavor is sweet, smooth malt, slightly buttery, and really reminds me of Westmalle Dubbel. Body had the perfect balance for a belgian.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JUN 23, 2008
750 ml botte. A cloudy dark brown beer with a medium sized and quite persistent beige head, leaving laces on the glass. The aroma is malty, with fruity (plum) and spicy notes and a touch of alcohol. The flavour is powerful, intense, malty, with notes of plums, chocolate and light alcohol. Quite sweet with hops not in evidence. However not sticky or filling. Medium to full body, lively carbonation, long finish with light bitterness. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Sampled from bomber: pours a hearty mahogany colour with a full tan head. Aroma is semi-sweet, nutty, with accents of oak, tropical fruit and wheat. Taste is comfortable, well carbonated, and smooth on the palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScoWRee (420) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Pours a dark redish brown with a nice thick tan foamy head. Aroma of malt and dark friut. Taste of raisan and caramel. Sweet and nicly cabonated.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (11041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 12, 2008
Delicioius. I love the Carolus beers. Pours a typical amber color with a foamy head. Aromas are malty and caramel. Tongue is full of dried fruit and sweetness. Nice job.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
aconley (14) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2008
This is an average Belgium Beer in my opinion. It represents the style well and is fairly well balanced for a beer of 8.5%. A little too sweet for my taste and not as complex as other Belgium Beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Dark amber with thin white head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar and fruit. Taste is sweet and fruity with brown sugar mixed in. Solid Belgian beer.


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