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

bottled
common

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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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vinivini (2061) - Gomel, BELARUS - FEB 3, 2017
Bottle. Opaque mahogany liquid. Fine tall ivory head. Well-lacing. Complex aroma basing on esters, phenols & dark malts that give bitter chocolate and just a hint of coffee and smoke. Later an earthy note shows. Full on body, well-rounded. The flavour starts with smooth solventy phenols followed by dark chocolate, bread, caramel, dried fruit. A touch of hoppy bitterness on ending is a good finish. I wish there were a tiny bit more hops. No surprises here, just a beer of perfect quality.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ozzatoadisback (156) - ITALY - FEB 3, 2017
Dark brown going into black, thin slightly off-white head, decent retention and some lacing. Aroma shows belgian yeast and brown sugar with notes of dark chocolate and a slight warming feel. Overall nice but not too vivid. While the aroma seemed to be a little drowned in sugar the taste unfolds a much brighter range of flavours. Sweet malts (caramel) and a sweet sugary feel giving way to a very nice range of flavours: dark chocolate, dark/dried fruits, anise, slight liqueur/warming, a hint of earthyness. Overall obviously sweet but nicely attenuated by a pleasant fruity/liqueur finish. Medium to dense body with average carbonation (not too high for the style), creamy and silky at the same time. A flavourful and most of all wonderfully balanced strong dark ale. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alex60 (277) - - JAN 27, 2017
Bouteille 33 cl - couleur brune rubis, mousse beige, odeur de banane, de chocolat, got sur le malt, le caramel, torrifi, une bonne brune

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
schavuitje (212) - APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2017
koper geel bruine body kleur met een dunne witte kop met een zachte geur van sinaasappel en specerijen,in de smaak fijne tonen van sinaadappel aangevuld met specerij tinten daarna licht zurig en zoete graan tonen, niet gecompliceerd of uitgesproken maar degelijk

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alpha10 (738) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2017
2017/01/23 - Pours a dark ruby-brown colour with a soapy, khaki coloured head that slowly reduces and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, lots of dark fruits (raisins, plumbs, cherries, figs), port-like notes, brown sugar, tobacco, toffee and a hint of smoke. Taste is brown sugar, port, figs, raisins, plumbs and Belgian yeast with smokey and earthy notes. Mouthfeel is full and silky with sharp carbonation and long, moderately sweet and mildly warming finish that I found lightly medicinal. Really nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Subliminal64 (161) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2017
Tried as part of a winter mixer pack. Drank from glass supplied in the pack. Smells sweet with a slight bitterness. Pours a dark golden brown with head that dissipates immediately. Taste is of a Belgian ale, with more malts, and not quite as sweet. Good carbonation. No aftertaste. Overall I was very happy with this beer, and I hope to buy again next year. MB. The Beer "Bear"on

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bunget (943) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2017
Bottle. Clear dark ruby body, medium beige head with good retention and plenty of lacing. Aroma of sour cherry jam, leather, plum, a touch of spices and yeast. Taste of yeast, plums, sour cherries, vanilla and woodsy notes. Not even a hint of booze. Fantastic brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeorgePratt (68) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Sweet aroma of plum and spices. Pours a dark brown with a small tanned head. Taste of chocolate, licorice, raisin - very sweet and moreish with a bold, sweet and chocolatey finish with a slight hint of smoke. Very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
birocotsios (171) - - JAN 13, 2017
Bottle. Dark brown with cream top. Light sweet aroma of malts and barn. Sweet caramel taste with malts, dark fruits, liquorice, alcohol, brown sugar and a hint of barn. Fizzy bittersweet aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MohaBeer (277) - Lima, PERU - JAN 12, 2017
Color cobre-rub muy profundo con transparencia buena espuma y retencin. Lpulo especiado moderado, malta maltoso caramelo moderado-moderado bajo, steres a jamn curado, prosciutto, notas ahumadas, fenoles a vainilla, pimienta blanca, pimienta negra, steres a frutos negros, aceituna botija, cassis, licorosa. En boca lpulo especiado alto, malta maltoso caramelo moderado-moderado alto, lpulo de amargor bajo, steres a cassis, ciruela negra, jamn serrano, pasas al ron, fenoles a vainilla, canela, pimienta blanca, pimienta negra, tibieza alcohlica. Final en balance maltoso-especiado prolongado sin astringencia, buen cuerpo, buena carbonatacin.


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