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


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RATINGS: 1474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KombatAle (129) - New Brunswick, - MAY 19, 2013
Pours clear dark red with a long lasting and light lacing frothy big beige head. Aroma is complex, spicy and very estery with anise, raisin, plum, roasted malt, caramel, bubblegum, pear, strawberry, red apple, apricot, banana and candy. Taste is medium sweet with a tiny acidic note. Body is medium, texture is light creamy and oily, carbonation is moderate. Finishes sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ManVsBeer (8818) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2016
Bottle bought in Brugge as a Christmas present. Deep dark reddish-brown with a thin head. Has a sweet and soapy aroma, with a smooth tasting sweetness in its taste. It doesn’t quite feel its strength through a pleasant milkiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerMuse10 (50) - SPAIN - DEC 6, 2016
Oscura y fuerte. Sus matices de levadura belga son muy intensos. Banana, fruta madura, etc. -acompañan perfectamente cada trago. Al subir la temperatura salen especias y toffe redondeando el conjunto.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jultsu (773) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2016
BBE 19/04/2019. Ruskeahko väri, niukka vaahto, dunkel tuoksu. Makea, tunkkainen, keskinkertainen suutuntuma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kostasgiotis (113) - GREECE - DEC 2, 2016
Red body with one finger off white head.Aromas of plum,dark fruits,sugar,sweet malt.Tastes sugar,dark fruits,liquorice,alcohol warmth.The aftertaste is sweet.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zarrach76 (73) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 23, 2016
Belle brune transparente avec sa mousse ivoire bien texturée... Nez très gourmand, sur le caramel, la réglisse, la marmelade, le sirop d’érable, le pain d’épice, la frangipane, le chocolat et le café... Superbes malts... Du fruit, avec de la banane séchée, de la poire, de la pomme rouge, de la datte et de la figue, du pruneau, du cassis, de la fraise, de la groseille. En cherchant bien il y en a d’autres... Un poil d’agrume avec des pointes de citron vert. L’alcool est bien présent mais exalte les arômes. Splendide ! Bouche ronde, souple, très équilibré entre l’alcool et les saveurs sucrées. La texture est légèrement huileuse et une très légère sécheresse agrémente le fond de la langue. La carbonatation est moyenne. Deuxième bouche très marquée sur les malts et les saveurs de sucres nobles. Troisième bouche sur la liqueur avec des arômes de prune, de raisin et de mirabelle. Le final est très gourmand, peu amer, avec des traces de noix, de bois et de levures. On regrettera le petit manque d’amertume, mais on est dans le domaine du détail ultime. Cette Carolus Classic se déguste tel un bon vin, ni plus ni moins. Aucune faiblesse apparente, une superbe complexité et de belles variations au fur et à mesure de la dégustation. Rien à rajouter si ce n’est qu’un 5/5 pour cette classique de la "bièrologie" Belge. Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyCraft (6310) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2016
Backlog, Bottle shared by Pat, Pours reddish brown with a very creamy beige head, nice lacing webs on the glass. Aroma is plum, vanilla, wood, dates, spice, pepper, and mocha coffee chocolate. Body is medium with an ultra warming finish in the chest. Lots of complex belgian notes in this offering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
portwood (218) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2016
Raisins, prunes, toffee, honey, coffee. Thick mouth feel, fizzy carbonation, burnt sugar. Dried fruits, sweet, caramel, toffee, cocoa, spicy finish. (bottle bb 05/18/19)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wombat23 (892) - Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Shared 33cl bottle. Pours a very dark amber with a persistent beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, malt, raisins. Taste is dark fruit, raisins, plum, caramel, malty. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Luneylane (63) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - NOV 8, 2016
A bottle from l’Apero off-licence, drunk at home. Aroma: very, rich, toffee, chocolate. Appearance: clear, very dark brown, minimal head. Palate: thick and full-bodied, soft carbonation. Long, very complex finish. Taste: heavily sweet, but not overwhelming. a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cattaneopapa (342) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2016
330ml bottle from LCBO. 8.5%alc./vol. Pours a murky brown colour with one finger of head that reduces into a film. Aromas of plums, raisins, dark fruits, toffee, licorice and some oak. Taste matches the aroma, Toffee flavour is pronounced with notes of caramel. Sweet malty finish. Reminds me of Rochefort 10. Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

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