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


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RATINGS: 1500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (46673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2006
Bottle. Clear deep brown color with thin beige head. Anis, grapefruits, alcohol and caramel aroma. Taste of caramel, toffee, alcohol, corn syrup. A nice sweetness in the flavor is followed by hops, spices and some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (42183) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours deep brown with an amber border. Creamy light brown head. Aroma is dark, dried fruit and wineous. Flavour is dark cane sugar, caramel burned malt, wineous, sweet dried fruit (prunes and raisins). Not overly sweet but just perfectly present. Distinct alcohol presence. Soft malty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (35904) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2003
The aroma is slightly sweet, malty, fruity, and with notes of berries. The color is a beutiful deep red with a beutiful though fast disappearing head. The flavor is a little sweet from a good malt blend - a pretty complex flavor. An OK beer without being fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (26838) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle. Hazy brown coloured with a beige head. Sweet aroma of dried fruits with notes of chocolate and spices. Flavour of dried fruits with notes of alcohol and spices. Good, but could use more body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25997) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 7, 2006
Bottled. Cloudy ruby colour with offwhite mediumsized head. Plum, sweet caramel in aroma. Flavour is plummy, fruity and a bit wheaty. Also raisins in the flavour. Sweet sugary aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Deep reddish brown colour, light brown head. Very refinened malty charamel flavours well balanced with the hops. Extremely high gravity and hence a very full body. A very refined Belgian Ale with lots of sweetness, but never cloying. When I first had this in 1993 it was just called "Gouden Carolus" at 7% ABV and came in a bottle with no label. In 1997 it was changed to "Gouden Carolus - Carolus DOr" at 7,5% ABV and now its called "Gouden Carolus Classic" at 8,5% ABV. So it has changed quite a bit but is still a truly Belgian classic. 240793

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
omhper (24352) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2003
Bottled. Clear nut brown, rich head. Mild coffee up front. Dry with fine elastic, firm maltiness. Notes of chocolate. Salty, woody finish. Simply beautiful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (22964) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Part of a paired tasting and dinner at Belga Cafe. Deep ruby reddish brown. Aroma of raisin and cinnamon. Flavor of port wine with balanced malt. Ben Vinken described it as the first real beer he tasted in university at Leuven.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (22700) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 8, 2008
Bottle in antwerp ... Deep bron ... yeasty light roast malt ... belgian yeast... dark vine fruit caramael and plums.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19872) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2002
Dark amber ale. Malt aroma, spicy, fruity. Sweet, strong malt flavour; this brew still needs some aging. The palate is equilibrate.

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