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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 640   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Gouden Carolus Cuvée van de Keizer Rood is a strong blond beer that was launched in 2008 on the occasion of "10 years Gouden Carolus Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw". However, it contains more types of malt and 3 different kinds of herbs are added during the brewing process. Its bright golden color, high alcohol percentage and full and well-balanced taste make this ale a genuine source of vitality and power which will please even the most critical connoisseur. For ideal savoring, gently pour out in one fluent movement, at a temperature of 7-8° C (45-46°F). Proudly poured it is savored with respect. Those who like a refreshing, heavy and somewhat spicy beer, choose this blonde ale.

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3.2
thedm (6148) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2009
This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a yellow colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was floral and malty. The crisp and clean mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of malt hops and floral. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

4.1
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2009
2008 bottle. Pours a very sparkling clear, gold color with a bit of sediment and a massive, brilliant white, fluffy, rocky head which settles eventually to a lasting, creamy layer with Belgian lace. Nose is certainly unique; full of spicy alcohol, very peppery, vanilla and bubblegum, floral bouquet, certainly honey and light candi sugar, faint pear, and yeast is cobwebs and lightly estery. The flavor is like a kick to the mouth with so many things going on; the sweet notes still dominate with more vanilla and cotton candy, maybe some anise emerging later, light pear bringing a light tartness, some fresh herb notes (thyme?), cobweb yeast, and spicy pepper underlying, but only warming in the belly. Palate is a bit sharp but interesting with a medium body, lively carbonation, slight warming noticed after the finish, almost refreshing, lightly sticky, and somehow creamy too. Finishes with a short flavor progression but a fairly long finish with notes of citric tartness, bubble gum, anise, and pepper. This is one of the most interesting BSGA’s I have tried; a completely unpredictable palate, truly unique, and anise??? All in all, maybe not the most well put together beer but the interesting factor too much for me to overlook. Way too drinkable for the ABV, despite the sharpness in the palate. The easter beers this brewery has produced are nothing like this beer, nothing. For some reason, this is not the type of beer I usually like in this style but something was just right.

3.9
johndoughty (5403) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
Slightly bitter at first then sweetness appears. My initial thought was that I wouldn’t find this as nice as anticipated but as the sweetness kicked in i soon changed my mind. Quite delicate for a strong ale it was very easy to drink. Lasing sweet mouthfeel.Very nice.

3.7
IrishBoy (4185) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 25, 2009
750 ml 2008 bottle from Imbibe Wine, Bakersfield. Lightly hazy gold with a medium off white head. Nose of banana, bubblegum, a light clove note, and yeast. Flavor is banana, light alcohol, light sweetness, and caramel. Nice combo of esters.

3.2
shigadeyo (3730) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2009

Jaargan 2008

8/13/2009: Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer (Red)... Aroma: Spicy perfume, slightly metallic and acetone-like. Appearance: Pale, hazy gold; big off-white head that fades away quickly. Flavor: Spicy and moderately sweet with some interesting hard lemon and spicy blend; white grape; something slighty fruity with a slight sherry edge to it; alcohol burn definitely flares up when warmer. Palate: Light and prickly palate. Overall: High alcohol, mildly sweet, slightly spicy... Kind of like a malt liquor, but slightly better!

1 pt 9.4 fl. oz. corked and caged bottle (10% Alc/Vol.) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #196 for this beer.

3.5
Tmoney99 (14384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle from Jungle Jim’s. Poured clear amber color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate malt, yeast and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium complex sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met with an above average brew.

3.4
leaparsons (10504) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2009
Bottle. Golden with a small head. Aromas are brown sugar and pear with syrup and alcohol. Flavours are sweet caramel and brown sugar with some toasted malts. Mellow lemon with warming alcohol and peppery notes. Good.

2.7
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JUL 28, 2009
Very good, excellent quality, it lasts for ever, and the foam is just wonderful.

3.6
Sammy (12105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2009
Imported a case of this for the Toronto gang. A stong blond that grows on me. 2008 edition. Generous white head on golden that generates rising carbonation bubbles, heavy lace. A story of yeast. Interesting yeast, even somehwat funky and certainly creamy as the glass is downed.

3.4
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Okay, so I bought this thinking it was the other one. Honestly I’m a touch disappointed about that, since I really like the other brew. But, this stuff is nice as well. I don’t think I like it quite as much. It’s definitely blond, where the other Keizer is not. First sip is sharp and biting. Highly carbonated. Good flavor. I’m trying not be be harsh here, and judge it on it’s own merits. I just really wanted a darker Belgian beer tonight...


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