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

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RATINGS: 1499   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
masto (77) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2008
Bottle. Very sweet yeasty aroma reminds me of wheat beer. Deep reddish brown with huge, almost white head. Very sweet caramel malt and dried fruit flavor with notes of berries. Peppery sweet aftertaste. Awesome foamy palate. Wayyyy too sweet for me to be a real treat. Well done nevertheless.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
smith4498 (3582) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Pours dark brown with light brown head. Aromas of raisins, figs, candy sugar and licorice. Taste is sweet and malty. Creamy mouthfeel and mild carbonation make this real easy to drink. One of my favorite beers from what is becoming one of my favorite Belgian breweries. The more I drink their beers the more I love them.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
184601 (206) - Mexicali, MEXICO - MAR 8, 2008
At first, i was esceptical, but this beer its quite good, purchased at Mexicali Wal-Mart.Right on, the look its somewhere between red amber and brown,the head its a long-lasting one with beige color,the flavor its very alcoholic strong, the palate its somewhat sweet,quite malty.I recommend it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1412) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Hazy brown pour. Average sized vanilla colored head. Aroma of toffee & banana. Tastes very similar to the smell. Not as carbonated as many in this style. An enjoyable brew that is simple and straight forward.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Sampled at Delirium Caf: Poured dark brown with a big head that left tremendous lacing on the glass. Aroma is of dried fruits, and cereal malts. The flavor is confusing because it drinks much more like a golden ale than a brown ale. Lots of pilsner malt flavor, and a nice hop balance, medium-dry. Mouth feel was nice and full of tiny bubbles. Different than other strong brown Belgian ales, but good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Pours a dark purplish brown with a foamy beige head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, raisin, plum, grape, toffee, fig, and spice. Extremely smooth drinking because of the excellent balance of sweetness, spice and chocolate maltiness. One of my favorite beers.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Pours a cloudy dark maroon color with a medium light beige head. Pretty good retention. Really enjoyed the nose on this beer, not over the top candy sugar and fruits like some tend to be. Got a bunch of banana, some light molasses, grapes, mild apple, with some sweet candy sugar as well. The flavor was also nice. Definitely on the fruity side as well, with the apple and grapes taking the reins and pulling along the malts and candy sugar. The alcohol was masked proficiently, with a lengthy fruity sweet finish. This is well crafted and very delicious. Quite an enjoyable experience.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 25, 2008
By the time Im rating this, Im near the bottom of the bottle. What I see is that it is pouring a VERY cloudy dark brown color, with a light brownish head. The aroma is slightly sweet and hoppy, and the head is a light brownish color. The flavor of the ale itself is very sweet, and malty, but balanced, and the alcohol is definitely present. A very good ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2008
Pours a surprisingly clear mahogany hue with a billowy creama head. Earthy, damp overall aroma, much like an old forest after rainfall. Tangy walnuts mingle with moist pipe tobacco. An aromatic theme of fruitcake adds some playfulness and tingle with its candied fruits and brandy. An intriguing combination of coffee beans and cayenne pepper adds some drama. Sweet and flavourful with a big chunk of caramel. Pepper and lemon zest explode on the tongue, drawing into a leather finish, dry with alcohol. Undercurrents of coffee and prunes run throughout. Silky texture, mild alcohol, bubbly carbonation, just over medium bodied. Diverse; bright and sultry. 33cl bottle, not dated.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Bottle, split with after4ever. Pours a hazy brown with a lacy off-white head. Loads of caramel in the aroma and taste. The taste also musters ups some spice and fruit.


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