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Charles Quint Rouge/Keizer Karel Robijn - Brouwerij Haacht NV

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82
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Haacht NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dogfooddog on 10-20-2006)
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Reviews by jhtipton:
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Less than six bucks for a 750 ml bottle. Pours a deep red into my stemmed glass. Nice one inch head over the top but not dripping. Very thick foam with ridges. Smells like ripe pears and cranberries with the esters coming through. Taste is pretty good but the alcohol overtakes the dark fruits malts and yeast. Mouth fell is fine fairly medium and the head hangs around. Overall a decent amber strong Belgian but not as complex as some other ones that are out there.

jhtipton, Nov 20, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Drab1ne
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark Brown Burgundy Shade.

Delicate nose but the aromas are there if you wait a while.

The head really drops off and it didn't rise like a number of the Belgian brews do.

It's not harsh on the aftertaste and has a nutty sort of fruit cake like taste a bit like a sweet pudding.

I don't mind it often you'll get a heavy alcoholic beer but the alcohol content overweights the flavour.

Drab1ne, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of mattfancett
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered a bottle in Ghent and if was a pleasant surprise. Reminds me a bit of Chimay Blue. The fruit and spice combination is simlar with bit raisin and date flavors followed by subtle pepper and spice. This beer, however, is weighted more heavily on the fruit, but I imagine they both use similar yeast and a similar amount of adjunct sugar. Worth a try if you see it on a menu.

tempest, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Even with a pretty aggressive pour into a goblet, the head was on the small side. It almost completely dissipated after a minute or so; the body is a nice dark reddish amber. Pleasant smell of malt, sugar, plums, and some tang. The sweet malt is again present in the taste, along with the sugars, but the esters take a back seat to bitterness and alcohol. Decent feel. Pretty typical candi-sugared Belgian.

philipquarles, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -16.7%

desint, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of RuudJH
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Keizer Karel onsale at my local liqorstore, together with it's blond buddy, for 0.5 euro per 33 cl bottle. That's cheap for strong ale :).
I hope it's worth it.

Look is reddish brown, with creamy full head
Smell is bready and malty, for a dark ale. Also a bit of fruits, but not much from the orange peel that's announced on the label.
Taste is bittersweet and also roasted sugar, with a spicy bite.
Finish is a bit dry.

This beer is ok, but not so special. Lets say: in this style there are so many fine examples of brewing, I'm afraid this particular Keizer is in over his head.

RuudJH, Apr 28, 2010
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Beer-Ed, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer, in a four pack, was bought in a hurry, by mistake in a Brussels supermarket, I thought it was the normal Charles Quint.

Back home in the UK I realised I had the wrong beer, no problems, I'll see what this red version is all about.

Looks fine, a light Aubergine purple/red, held up to the light, its true colour shines through, a clear red hue is clear to see, nice.

Treacle, plumb bread aroma.

Alcohol kick in the taste and mouthfeel, no great flavour, just the alcohol hitting you, not unpleasant, but not ideal if you are trying a few beers or wanting to be objective.

Overall, fine, not a new classic, but OK.

BlackHaddock, Jan 14, 2007
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3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fruity in the nose rather strange that recalls both the grape and black raspberry subtle. The palate is spicy and pungent as the Charles V. Golden Blonde, it also tasted malts and roasted orange peel, but the mouth is unfortunately below the predictions olfactory flavorings.

ThaCreep, Jan 21, 2010
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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at a heated terrace in Antwerpen. It pours a dark brown color with burgundy red hues and a small head.

Smell is very caramellic with mild roasted notes. The beer has a rather sweet and artficial caramel coloring agent smell. Very rich and full-bodied smell.

Taste is malty and caramellic with notes of mild molasses and dark malts that give a roast flavor. Hints of cherries and wood come to mind. The body is pretty big, but not too sweet. Alcohol is hidden behind the big body. A balanced beer and a nice winter sipper.

Absumaster, Dec 24, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

byronic, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome rocky head with great lasting power; the color is a deep red ruby. Quite clear. Perhaps the best head I've ever seen.

Rich caramel aromas; attractive and appealing; little hop.

The caramel aromas come through in the flavor. Low hop, but present. Light alcohol warmth. Full body with a moderate carbonation.

This was a wonderful beer to have. A new favorite!

smcolw, Jun 27, 2007
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4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer afternoon on the starting point of the rue du marché aux herbes in downtown brussels. This beer began an extensive tasting we carried out that day. and oh what a surprise.

I had been a bit evasive towards the keizer series. but right after a fabulous pour by a very friendly waiter, the dark beautiful tone with such an impeccable head emmanated arousing smells ranging from fruits to burnt nuts and caramel. fabulous taste, balancing out a thick mouthfeel with a delicious apricot and cherryness to it. fabulous blend of alcohol as well, discrete but well present.

delightful.

Andreji, Jul 16, 2008
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Groguns, Aug 10, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never heard of this one before, just thought my shopping cart is too empty and I liked the label. Very pleasant suprise.

Colour is very dark amber with brownish head and solid lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet malty orange. Taste is slightly bittery in the beginning with mild roasted/caramel malts, some hints of cherry as well; almost no alcohol can be felt despite 8,5 ABV. Medium body and low to medium carbonation.

I really fell in love with this one.

atis, Aug 13, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here's a sweet, bready, Belgian brew...and quite an enjoyable one. It's a deep reddish brown color with a towering tan head. The smell is of dark bread, orange peel, toffee, pepper, and caramelized sugars. It's a very malty beer, with a little yeast and a lot of fruitiness. Fairly full in body, with a lot of phenols to accompany the sweetness. Not much of a hop presence, except for a solid bitterness at the finish. The beer hides it's booze very well, except for a creeping warming sensation. All in all, this is a very nice brew.

Suds, Aug 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

JimDH, Feb 10, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely nice deep red colour, with an enormous brwonish head that seems to last forever. Vigorous lace.
Aroma of cherries and, surprisingly, bananas. Spices, almonds. Somebody said roses?
Body is a bit lighter than expected, but good.
Taste of cherries, oranges, cinnamon and vanilla... very nice. A sweet and a bit medicinal aftertaste.

janubio, Apr 07, 2007
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

educorgan, Jan 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

bmaggot, Jun 16, 2014
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this new product from haacht includes orange peel and ascorbic acid in its ingredients.

Pours a very deep red with a small tan head...nose is very malty at first, then notes of flowery citrus odors come out.

taste is initially bitter and malty, with a hint of the citrusy character, but then turns very bitter, Not sure which hop can produce this but it is quite intense. . it finishes mildly bitter.

further into the bottle it remains a fairly bitter, biting beer. I pick up some spicy notes which may be the orange peel as well. Belgian amber ale (not a BA-offered style for beer) is not my favorite, but this is very decent. I am somewhat puzzled by use of ascorbic acid in the beer.

dogfooddog, Oct 20, 2006
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

MQ3867, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exp 22/06/08. What a treat, this turned my night around, a gift from biegaman's recent trip to Belgium, thanks! Deep ruby red and relatively clear, tan one finger head with slow steady carbonation that ensures good retention throughout. Impressive albeit thin lacing. The smell was subdued at first, then took on a mild fresh wood aroma, whether oak, pine or cedar, I couldn't be sure, it was fleeting and soon gave way to ripe plums and then cranberry on the nose.

The mouthfeel was rich and full with a very smooth texture. Taste was mild malt and hops, again very smooth with no rough edges, fruit and not alcohol despite the 8 1/2 %. Bitterness is subdued; overall, I'm impressed with the taste. There is a touch of fruit sweetness that is underwhelming, very drinkable. The muted sweetness reminded me of a tangerine or orange but without the citrus acidity or sugary presence, quite nice. It was a bit gassy at times and warming eventually brought out a warmer alcohol taste and mouthfeel, my only criticism. Hey, I could use another one of these! Recommended if you can find one, thanks again biegaman.

ThatWineGuy, Nov 08, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

gwydno, Feb 06, 2013
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Charles Quint Rouge/Keizer Karel Robijn from Brouwerij Haacht NV
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