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


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RATINGS: 655   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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andersand (531) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2010
Clear golden colour with a dense white head. Aroma is extremely estery of pear, apple and oranges. Flavour is sweet and dense with lots of esters and warming but still suprisingly balanced alcohol. Sweet and big but not over the top. Overall nice and clean with lots of esters. Body is sticky but at the same time quite lively and medium full.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 7, 2010
Straight golden ale covered by an elegante white cover which produces more than honest Belgian lacing for a beer of this alcohol content. Profoundly phenolic nose with medicinal touches as well as sharp banana laden esters. Alcohol is more than obvious, though this culminates in mouth where I would have estimated it to be even stronger than its 10%. Chewy, thick body with the typical Het Anker almost excessive sweetness. In their other beers, the sheer complexity makes it work, but the sticky sweetness paired with the obtuse alcohol and subtlety devoided yeast quickly become tiring. Especially that I feel no bitterness at all. Just minute herbal hints sometimes manage to peak through the bready, or moreso cakey airiness. A fat biscuit this is. Furthermore, it becomes enormously clovey/liquorice oriented flavour profile - a trait that just enhances as it warms up. Those flavours remind of a weizenbock, though the alcohol content is through the roof and there’s no wheatiness, nor caramelized sugars. Rating finished, 600 ml left, ugh..

5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle:   Straw in color, pale yet a little cloudy, huge fluffy white head, with a rather vigorous volcanic like carbonation.   Lacing is rather sticky.   Looks quite enticing at least.   Pale bready aroma, very

slight peppery and floral notes.   Certainly an alcoholic tinge.   Semi-sweet malty start, a little sticky but not cloying, straw/haw on a big scale, with a soft floral breadiness that is somewhat similar to various Tripels.

  This is certainly a bigger Blonde as the alcohol is quite noticeable.   Not fiery, but very warming.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full, a bit airy but at least a little viscous.   Finishes with a little bit of

heat.   This is exactly what it says, a big Blonde Ale.   Somewhat like a Tripel in its heaviness, but also much like a Blonde.   Enjoyable, if even a little young and warming.

jcr (2779) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2009
750 ml. 2008 bottle. Hazy gold body. Frothy white head, mostly lasting. Soapy, floral aroma with notes of toasted grain, cobwebs, banana and pineapple. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, moderately bitter and moderately acidic. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Peppery alcoholic note in the finish. The strong floral aroma and taste is too dominant in an otherwise solid golden strong ale. You have to dig a little deeper to get to the nice fruity esters.

foodtraveller (61) - BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2009
2008 - Comes out with almost no head. It has a full taste with gentle creamy hop almost. Fills the mouth also after the sip. Easy to drink but best enjoyed slowly.

screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2009
750ml bottle. Clear golden body.
Complex and interesting brew. Spicy and fresh aroma. Also banana, hops and flowers. Flavor is warming from the high alcohol concentration.
Also dough, yeast, hay, hops, spices and sweets. Good one but I like the blue better.

radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2009
Golden orange, thin lingering white head, good lace.
Aroma is of citrus, alcohol, perfume, flowers, yeast.
Flavour is quite smooth, yeast, alcohol, some citrus, floral.
Yeasty mouth, med body, high carb.
Finishes warm, citrus, yeast.

Nice balance, alcohol hidden well but I prefer the blue better.

750ml bottle purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.

Opened on July 26, 2009.

Vintage 2008.

TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2009
Bottle. Spicy yeasty nose. Creamy mouthful. Zesty and spicy and rich full flavor. Nice lively carbonation lights up your mouth and your senses. Complex and bitter finish.

Bricks (1153) - Delaware, USA - DEC 13, 2009
2008 - A little bit of a let down from the Blue, which was incredible. This is reminiscent of a Bernardus Abt 12.. although not quite that high in quality. A rich, creamy, blonde ale.

omhper (25833) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2009
Bottled. Hazy deep golden, airy head. Fruity nose with plenty of perfume and coriander. Sweet and full bodied, estery alcohol, soap and coriander. Soft´and warming, arousing and complex. Juicy saffron finish with herbal bitterness.

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