Saturday, 1 November 2014

Gouden Carolus--Cuvée van de Keizer-Jaargang 2013

Gouden Carolus--Cuvée van de Keizer-Jaargang 2013: a fine beer with a mouthful for a name. It comes from Mechelen, Belgium, where it's brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker. This stuff, which I presume to be an ale, is listed as an extra strong beer; apt, since it contains an unyielding 11% alcohol. It comes in jumbo corked 750mL bottles that can bring a drinker to his or her knees.

This is a swampy brown brew with some bright copper highlights. It pours beneath a very thick tan head. A very yeasty nose has notes of raisin and, perhaps not surprisingly, alcohol. It's an extremely sweet brew with a syrupy mouthfeel. There are notes of raisins and rum, along with considerable boozy pop. The finish has a slight bitter twist, but this stuff is really all about the malt and sweet.

I enjoyed this brew on a chilly December evening with a cigar. Clear your schedule if you're going to brave this bottle, because it is S.T.R.O.N.G. It's too powerful and sweet for anything more than special occasion quaffing.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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