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

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RATINGS: 1519   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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4.3
microakes (171) - CANADA - MAR 14, 2009
A lovely gurgling sound emanates from the bottle as it pours a dark, clear liquid. The smell is divinity touched with caramel and malt. A delicate taste rapidly gives was to malts which are then quickly pushed aside by beautiful caramel vixens, spreading their sweetness all over the room.

4.1
Gualthiero (35) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2009
Thick, creamy head. Spices in the aroma. Liquorice taste. Great beer, but overclassed by its Christmas version.

3.8
garthicus (2945) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 4, 2009
Thanks to HogTownHarry. Pretty dark brown/black. Large off white head. Aroma: peppery, malt, slight chocolate. Nail varnish remover, alcohol. Flavour: chewy toffee, malt, chocolate, alcohol and shoe polish LOL. However it has a lovely long smooth chocolate malt finish. Lovely.

3.5
Nordcore (1638) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - MAR 4, 2009
Apperance; dark brown. Aroma; malt and some nuts and a flavor that is malt and some fruits. Have to try this again.

3.8
ContemplateBeer (2097) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Roasted malt and perhaps a little vinegar in this pour. Opaque appearance with a creamy head that stuck around for the duration. Flavor has some apricot, grapes, burnt sugar, toast, apple vinegar and was a bit grassy at times. Palate was full bodied and lively but also bubbly at the finish. Good stuff.

4.9
jtheye (12) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2009
330 ml/11.2 oz bottle. The write-up on the side of the bottle said that Gouden Carolus would charm me, and it did. This is one of those commercially produced Belgian strong ales that is better than most of the beer produced by the Trappists. I’ll be getting a bomber next time.

3.7
glennmastrange (2921) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Bottle. Moderate malt aroma of roasted, caramel and milk chocolate, light herbs for the hops, and moderate barnyard and musty of the yeast, with hints of date, toffee and brown sugar. Head is large, frothy, very light brown with good lacing and is fully lasting. Color is murky dark brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy and has a fizzy carbonation. It finishes sticky. This was a very good Belgian Strong Ale, just a bit too much carbonation.

3.3
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2009
(bottle from fat cat, Norwich) Really annoyed about this one. Opened the bottle and foam spewed out of it, despite it having been stored carefully upright with no major movement. Lost nearly half the bottle, and, in the rush to pour it in, poured some of the sediment in. Had a dark appearance with a hint of red, and a brown head that diminished quickly. Smell was huge, sweet malty and dark druits. Alcohol too. Great smell. However taste not quite so huge. Had a sharp mouthfeel (probably because of the sediment) with licorice, chocolate and sweet biscuit overtones. Sharpness distracted from the taste substantially. I could tell it would be good had the pouring not gone terribly. Pity. I will re-rate when I have another.

3.6
imdownthepub (15326) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2009
Bottled, 330ml, aged 6.5yrs. Ruddy brown with slight white head. Full fruity strong ale aged into a fortified wine flavour. Some remaining spice, but mostly amalgamated into a rich, thick body. Some toffee, caramel notes in a sweetish finish. Overall a heavy, rich sipper, worth aging.

4.2
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Mahogany appearance with a large, firm, tan head and very good lacing. Multi layered aroma of yeast, dark fruits, chocolate and caramel malts. Sweet, yeasty flavors with a variety of fruits, some spicyness and a passive amount of hops. Well concealed alcohol in the full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Medium length finish remained sweet but not cloying.


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