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

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RATINGS: 1498   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, - JAN 27, 2013
Deep chestnut copper with a rich foamy off white head which lasts. Bright floral and fruits in the aroma, strawberry, raspberry, along with darker date and molasses notes. Flavour follows the nose, with a rich sugary backbone and those lighter fruits sitting on top. Lovely richness to the mouthfeel, tending towards the creamy and slick. Carbonation is there but not over the top. Warming in the finish. Drank with a steaming bowl of mussels on a winter Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alrick (75) - FRANCE - FEB 21, 2017
Sucre pour une brune, ce qui adoucit sa puissance. Une trs bonne bire de dgustation

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Helsdon (367) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2017
I had to buy a Christmas sampler pack with a glass to get this beer. Sigh, stupid LCBO, we didnt even get Cuve Van De Keizer Blauw this year. Aaanyway... this is a very solid dark beer with lots of malt and dried fruit, with a underlying sweetness that is a touch cloying. Very full bodied, nice yeasty undertones with just a touch of booze. Well worth the Carolus mixer pack.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (3552) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2017
En flaska som har ett par r p nacken. Gyllenbrun, lite tunt jstsediment och medelhft smutsvita skum. Doften r st och djup med russin och madeira i doften som visar p viss mognad jmte honung, torkad frukt, mrkt socker och vrmande alkohol. smaken i linje med doften, st men vlbalanserad och smakerna av torkad frukt r riktigt fina. Ltt beska med lite tr och kryddor. Mycket gott.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesper86 (84) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2017 Copper brown colour. Very fruity. Plums, raisins, bread, subtle caramel, banana, hints of figs. Almost some floral notes. Not much bitterness. Sweetness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2660) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Bottle. BB Date Oct 2011; Drank Nov 2009. Dark ruby red in colour. Vinous; port-like. Very Malty; sweet malts, caramel, toffee, candy brown sugar, chocolate. Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, plums. Spicy and yeasty. Rich, smooth. Very sweet malty throughout. Spicy & fruity finish. A really lovely beer! (2009-11)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
limbonicartbeer (78) - - FEB 5, 2017
Cerveza color café oscuro turbio. Aroma a levadura belga, toques dulces y algo de frutas secas. Al paladar ligera carbonatacion cuerpo medio, con notas dulces (azúcar morena), algo de chocolate, frutos oscuros secos. Excelente cerveza. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
vinivini (1702) - 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 (132) - 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 (255) - - 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 (176) - 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


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