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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1505   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2001
From the 1st sip I fell in love with this beer, the aroma reminded me of bananas as well as the flavor, very aromatic and nice bubbles, though some might not like this, I found it to be pleasant and relaxing.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jrod0510 (1) - The Burgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2007 does not count
This has a very rich flavor and aroma, I dont know much about belgium beers or beers in general but this is one of the best beers I have ever tasted

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Pours a dark purplish brown with a foamy beige head. Wonderful aroma of chocolate, raisin, plum, grape, toffee, fig, and spice. Extremely smooth drinking because of the excellent balance of sweetness, spice and chocolate maltiness. One of my favorite beers.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Passewaaij (326) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2013
Fles. Topbier. Mooi schuim, mooie kleur. Een van de weinige waar ik met een gerust hart een krat van koop.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DrRizzotto (14) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - JAN 21, 2015
Caramel, cheese, alcohol, butterscotch, alcohol, leaves, raisin, rotten eggs, skunky, ginger

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
trombi92 (4) - ITALY - AUG 5, 2015 does not count
Tap. Aroma: caramel, roasty. Appearance: brown coloured beer, white head. Taste: medium sweetness. Palate: full body, long finish. Suggested accompaniment: carbonnade flamande. Still one of my favourite beers.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zarrach76 (183) - Grenoble, FRANCE - NOV 23, 2016
Belle brune transparente avec sa mousse ivoire bien texture... Nez trs gourmand, sur le caramel, la rglisse, la marmelade, le sirop drable, le pain dpice, la frangipane, le chocolat et le caf... Superbes malts... Du fruit, avec de la banane sche, 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 dautres... Un poil dagrume avec des pointes de citron vert. Lalcool est bien prsent mais exalte les armes. Splendide ! Bouche ronde, souple, trs quilibr entre lalcool et les saveurs sucres. La texture est lgrement huileuse et une trs lgre scheresse agrmente le fond de la langue. La carbonatation est moyenne. Deuxime bouche trs marque sur les malts et les saveurs de sucres nobles. Troisime bouche sur la liqueur avec des armes de prune, de raisin et de mirabelle. Le final est trs gourmand, peu amer, avec des traces de noix, de bois et de levures. On regrettera le petit manque damertume, mais on est dans le domaine du dtail ultime. Cette Carolus Classic se dguste tel un bon vin, ni plus ni moins. Aucune faiblesse apparente, une superbe complexit et de belles variations au fur et mesure de la dgustation. Rien rajouter si ce nest quun 5/5 pour cette classique de la "birologie" Belge. Bouteille 33cl, V&B Grenoble.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2002
#420... My new favorite beer, ordered on the spur of the moment after the waitress told me they were out of Nocturnum. On tap, deep brownish with a grape colored hue. Light head with lacing. Most amazing flavors i have had in a Belgian, with perfectly sweet grapes, plums, and banana at first, changing abruptly to tones of chocolate and cherry before ending in a sweet , yet lightly drying finish. The taste lingered long after i took a sip. As of now this stands as my new #1 until I can get my hands on my old favorite World Wide stout.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
oberabcbbsok (692) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2007 A full bodied great beer. A lot of taste and although sweet. Still a perfect beer for tasting. A beer you can save for years. Tasted this year a new one a beer from 1992, a beer from 87 and last but not least a beer from 1976. And still those beers are still wonderfull. A must have taste for everyone.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
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. Ill be getting a bomber next time.


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