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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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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3.8
KyotoLefty (10209) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 20, 2008
Very dark brown with a bit of a nice orange tint. Less head than expected, and fades a bit quickly. Fruity, slightly funky aroma, molasses, caramel, honey and spice. Sweet, honey and brown sugar flavor, with chocolate, licorice and dried fruits. Very sweet yet has about enough funk to balance. Interesting and original. Complex, but a bit too sweet and cloying. I like it, though.

3.7
Straling (364) - Hoensbroek, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2008
Bottle 33cl. Pours a clear dark brown colour with almost no head or carbonation. Smell is chocolate, raisins and spices. Taste is very open and tastes like coffee and caramel. Very nice beer.

3.9
brigg (672) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2008
(bottle) Dark brown, opaque beer with minimal tan head. Very strong aroma of sweet, dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice, and dark fruit. Flavor has chocolate and coffee, and sugar.

3.6
mjs (7169) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2008
(Bottle, 0.75 l, on 2008-10-18) Dark brown. Hazy. Big white head that lasts long. Chocolate and malts in nose. Full bodied palate with quite a lot of carbonation. Chocolate, malts, some bitterness, hint of salty liquorice and some dried plum in taste. Long lasting aftertaste with malty and bitter flavours.

3.7
jaghana (6021) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle 33. This dark-amber beer is very sweet with a nice aroma of malt, sugar and alcool. Becomes more fruity after some minutes.

3.6
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle pours a dark brown body with 2 finger tan head. Spiced well with clove cinnamon. Chocolate malt, a nutty aroma, and fruity esters. Banana and vanilla.

4.4
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Pours a heavy brown with copperish edges. The tan-brown head is thick, long lasting and nice lacing. The sweet floaral nose hides a hint of alcohol and grape undertones. Wonderful taste. Very deep. The first whisps of carbonation hit you with rasin and grape tones that blend into a pleasant sweetness. The not too thin. not too thick mouth feel makes the flavors explode. The finish is alcohol but with lingering wine and vanilla flavors. I am really sorry I waited so long to try this. Excellent beer.

4.2
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Bottle from Phil_l, via Beer Merchants. Thanks Phil! Deep brown with tan head that doesn’t just persist, but continues growing (slightly menancingly) for a good few mintues after the pour, requiring quite a lot of sipping away of foam to prevent glass overflow. Amusing. And the foam, tasty. Black pepper and green walnuts aroma, nice dry spicy chocolate flavor. Palate delicate and bright. Unfortunately my much more detailed tasting notes of this got deleted, so the waxing eloquent this beer deserved is reduced to just what memory held onto. Really enjoyed this one though, and surprised I’ve missed it so far.

3.7
AvidDirtman (25) - , JAPAN - OCT 11, 2008
this smells like trouble! sweet alcohol candy floss, mild instant coffee blend, with assorted fruits. Reminiscent of a very sugary leffe with less banana and extra bread dough. some cake spices. seemed menacing from the nose but rather a mild brew all told. looks pleaseat enough. symmetrical lacing and red when held up to the light. Poured a dark tea colour. It grows on you as you drink. very smooth on the tongue, almost creamy, very little fizz whatsoever. just came back to the bottom of the glass and it seems that’s where the banana was hiding. fine beverage, little sugary and leaves a full fat coke furriness on your tongue and teeth.

3.8
drfabulous (7818) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2008
A king of beers. Caramel. Rich. Dark. What can I say that hasn’t been said? One of the beauties we can get on a regular basis and that’s what matters in this spot in the Midwest. We open one every now and then again....


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