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Charles Quint Rouge/Keizer Karel Robijn - Brouwerij Haacht NV

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Charles Quint Rouge/Keizer Karel RobijnCharles Quint Rouge/Keizer Karel Robijn

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Reviews: 26
Hads: 53
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Haacht NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dogfooddog on 10-20-2006

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Photo of smcolw
4.26/5  rDev +18%
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!

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pretty much like the description says. Poured with a fine foamy frothy very light tan head that lasts a bit and lots of lace. Color is a clear chestnut. Aroma is very mild with ripe dark fruits, malt, a tiny bit roasty, Flavor's the same but sweetness comes out more. Body's a touch on the thin side. Carbonation's ok. Finish is like flavor and of medium lenght. Ok beer, nothing too special. Booze doesnt' come out too strong. Too strong for a session.

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Photo of stcules
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cherry red color. It has two fingers of beige foam, quite compact.
Fruity smell, but not too exaggerated. Lightly sugary, and red fruit.
The taste is more or less on the same notes, with a hint of spiciness, orange peel.
Malty aftertaste, with fruity notes.

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Photo of Suds
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2006.
Appearance: dark beer, brown color (ruby), foam not persistant
Smell: aromas coffee, caramel
Taste and mouthfeel: sweet, pleasant
Drinkability: a correct beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale

Review added 11-24-2007, translated from french 2-26-2008.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Places to notch, but not notched. Date given 27/04/07 (sampled 03/02/07). 8.5% abv.

Aroma: Mild port note. Perfumed aspect with what basically were very close to Christmas spices.

Appearance: Deep red/amber glass held a thin cover that dropped to a collar. Good clarity.

Flavor: Almost a tripel in profile. The alcohol is there but subdued. Some caramelized sugary malt and red wine notes. Very unusual

Mouthfeel: Firm carbonation, thin body

Overall Impression: Enjoyable, in a red wine / port kind of way.

A kind gift from Mr. Bierschenker (Thanks Tim!)

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Photo of Absumaster
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in its own chalice

A: Deep reddish brown color with a big and aired beige head which dissipates quickly leaving some lacings
S: Very fruity. Reminded me grapes, mainly. Bready. Caramel malts. Belgium yeasts and spices. Alcohol can be also felt in the end
T: Sweet upfront. Like the nose: Notes of grapes and dark fruits. Caramel malts, oak, Belgium yeasts and alcohol in the end. Discreet bitterness
M: Heavy body and low carbonation. Discreet bitterness and alcoholic end
D: Good but a bit heavy

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Photo of atis
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was the fourth beer of my beer drinking session last evening with BA member PapaEugene. Poured into an Urthel glass. The beers pours a dark, red-brown color with a very small ruby-colored head that disappears fast.

The scent like spicy herbs, hops and some hints of red fruits

The taste is sweet caramel, again some red fruits, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The alcohol taste was too strong. Almost like the brewers added pure ethanol just before bottling.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth. Medium low carbonation.

Overall a nice beer, it reminds me a bit of Leffe brune, only more spicy and a more bitter aftertaste. Maybe I will have it again in the future, but only if nothing better is available...

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Photo of Andreji
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
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.


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Photo of philipquarles
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of janubio
4.06/5  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.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.24/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.5/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of AlexLMS
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: great appearance. Clear despite the very dark amber colour. The head is light brown, huge and rich. Very good retention and fair lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts, caramel, red fruits and some herbal hops notes.
Taste: sweet malts, brown sugar, alcoholic vinous and hop presence.
Mouthfeel: mouthcoating, medium carbonation and a full body. Well-disguised alcoholic strength.
Finish: starts kind of sweet and gradually turns to a bitter aftertaste.

Overall: great well balanced and rich ale. Spicy, very complex and enjoyable. Looking forward for another one.

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Photo of endovelico
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.33 Liter bottle. Poured into dimpled stein. Taken from notes. Reviewed on 11-10-09. Medium low natural light. Served cold.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany brew, which is see-through but not entirely clear. A decent white head emerges, which holds very well in the form of a thick cap. No floaties.

Aroma: Condition is OK. The aroma is of mild strength with notes of cocoa, herbs, grapes, cinnamon and a bit of alcohol/Fusels.

Taste: Typical Dubbel character with notes of raisins, sweet chocolate, some roastiness and some spiciness. Not overly complex or "deep". Very average in fact.

Palate: Low to medium low bitterness with medium body and medium low carbonation. Finishes sweet but the flavour dies off immediately. No long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: Great Price quality ratio. Its a bit warm which was taken into consideration and fits the style, eventhough one could just as easily label it a Dubbel. My quarrel with this beer though is that, it doesn't have an extraordinarily bold character or a uniqueness to it to warrant higher mark.

Is it a bad beer? Not at all, its a great beer. Some flaws here and there which might even be perceived as strong points by others however its a somewhat underwhelming beer when you have it up against the great beers of this style.

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Photo of jhtipton
3.56/5  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.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Strong head, beige.
The aroma of sweet, malty, roasted plum, raspberry and a minimum of alcohol.
The taste is slightly bitter, like aroma feel prunes, fried. After heating the bitterness is stronger, as well as alcohol. This is a minus, because it destroys the pleasure of tasting. At the end it's just alcohol, too bad.

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Photo of PapaEugene
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer tasting session with RvDoorn

A: Amber color with a similar head that dissapears fast.

S: First thing that came to my mind was mint/eucalyptus. Hops and red fruits. Some citrus terpenes.

T: A more fruity variety of Leffe Dubbel. No mint taste as suggested by the smell.

M: Medium carbonation and a nice smooth drink. Slightly bitter aftertaste

D: Very drinkable, but nothing original here. Leffe association stays up.

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Photo of Wanne
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It looks very nice, a nice dark red-brown collor with a beige head. Aroma of candy sugar and plums, with a vinous touch. Taste of plums, malts and coffee, again with a vinous accent. Not much in the aftertaste. Very decent beer.

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Charles Quint Rouge/Keizer Karel Robijn from Brouwerij Haacht NV
82 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.