Gouden Carolus Cuvée Van De Keizer Imperial Blond
Brouwerij Het Anker

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From:
Brouwerij Het Anker
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #12
ABV:
10%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,751
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 10.27%
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
223
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 24, 2022
Added:
May 07, 2008
Wants:
  27
Gots:
  64
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Gouden Carolus Cuvée Van De Keizer Imperial BlondGouden Carolus Cuvée Van De Keizer Imperial Blond
Notes: Formerly Gouden Carolus Cuvée Van De Keizer Rood.

Gouden Carolus Cuvée van de Keizer Imperial Blond is a strong blond beer that was launched in 2008 on the occasion of "10 years Gouden Carolus Cuvée van de Keizer Imperial Dark". 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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Rated: 4.21 by smithj4 from New York

Dec 24, 2022
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Reviewed by mwilbur from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 750 mL bottle into chalice.
A: Pours a beautiful hazy golden/orange/yellow hue with 2 inch billowy white head with excellent retention. Leaves generous lacing behind on the glass.
S: Honeyed malt, herbal mint, clove, white pepper, pear, and a hint of floral orange.
T: Pear, apple, clove, honeyed malt, soft vanilla, herbal mint, orange zest, and a floral note. Nice complexity!
M: Medium body with a full, coating, and soft feel. Lovely layers of delicate sweetness and spiciness. Mildly astringent and bitter throughout. Lingers nicely on the palate. Smooth and creamy. ABV is dangerously well hiddden.
D: A superb brew to be sure! Excellent complexity and balance and effortless drinkable. Seek it out!
Dec 22, 2022
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a foamy fizzy 2+ finger head with moderate retention, fair soapy lacing, semi hazy med orange-red color

Nose big sweet blonde malt, a bit of light candi sugar, white caramel toffee candy thing, white raisin, dried apricots, and plenty of fruity esters, light phenol spice potpourri alcohol,

Taste brings more sweet blonde malt, a touch biscuity, candy malt with some caramelized notes, a bit of caramelized light sugar and light candi sugar, more fruity esters, dried apricots and quite a bit, white raisin, general fruit, light perfumey alcohol and phenol spices, touch of bitterness, semi sticky sweet finish with a bit more warming alcohol late

Mouth is med to fuller bod, med to higher effervescent carb, light warming tingly alcohol

Overall solid Imperial Blonde, somewhere between usual Belgian blonde and Tripel, and enjoyable
Oct 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Dec. 2014: 750 ml corked & caged bottle, vintage 2012, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 10%. Golden colour, huge white head. Sweetish and sugary aroma, with notes of ripe yellow fruits (esp. plums), flowers, white kandij sugar syrup and malts. Medium sweet flavour with the same elements as in the aroma, also mild spicy notes. Pleasant enough to drink.
Sep 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by shelby415 from Oregon

Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bright golden pour with a fluffy pure white head that laces the glass. Spice and citrus dominates the flavor, the alcohol content is buried well. Points off for a slightly unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Overall, if you're going to choose a Gouden Carolus Imperial, opt for the Dark.
Apr 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 29, 2022
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A: slight haze; deep gold in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: tart funk with lemon and tangerine;

T: complex; pear, apricot, sauvignon blanc, citrus; slightly tart and funky; no bitterness;

M; medium bodied; light to moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish; hides the ABV very well;

O: dangerously smooth;
Sep 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by arzt from Germany

Jun 14, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L- Mid amber, clear, pours with 3Cm pillowy white head
S- Can't smell much this morning, just some brightness.
T- Boof! Certainly bold. Pear-drops and apple. Estery, some spices.
F- Full-flavoured and deep. Glad I served cold I can sense it's warming towards a bit rich...
O- Big bold, leaves an impression of the palate
750ml bottle £8.95 BB: 31/12/2022. Bought from BeautifulBeers/BurySt.Edmunds as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.
Feb 07, 2021
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Reviewed by donzilake from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
h Christmas, and this fine ale is a tradition I look forward to each year.
From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This Belgian pours a lightly murky
deep amber with a fantastic head of white foam that settles to a thick
fine beaded ring and layer with nice sudsy lacing. Nose of apples, grapes,
light sweet bread, subtle yeast notes, pear, and sweet candy sugars. Flavors
hit the right notes and beyond with apples and grapes hitting on the sides, sweet
breaded malts on the middle and rear, and a nice candy sugar note lightly cut
by herbal hops and prickly alcohol. Excellent mouth feel smooth, creamy,
warming, sweet, lightly prickly carbonation, and subtly dry on the finish.
Jan 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Eddieeight from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Picked up for about $10 in a large bomber with a cool cork. Bright golden color with a haze to it, thick and tall white foam head - lots of effervescence. Smells very malty, with a good deal of citrus lemon and orange and even white grapes. Before I can even taste it I’ve got to work my way through the thick foam. Taste is Very understated. Not very strong flavors of anything in particular other than the citrus. Very dry as well. This drink reminds me of a sparkling white grape juice. Alcohol is not strong or noticeable for the ABV. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily effervescent and sparkly, fairly light and easily drinkable. The label says to drink with respect because it’s so powerful yet I can easily drink this as if it was bud light. Overall very drinkable and I would certainly buy this again however I am interested in what the sister beer that’s an imperial dark would taste like as it has higher and nearly perfect ratings.
Oct 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Sep 18, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Cloudy goldenrod with a thick two fingers of white foam. Aromas of apple and white grape Astors, robust pale blonde malts, bright breadiness and honey, finished by mild leafy hops and booze kiss. This fall is the nose: add in some caramel to the honey, grass, white pepper, cracker malt and pear to the general taste. Heavier for style, full, warm, yet springy and crisp. A wonderful Belgian ale
Aug 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.1 by smi69 from New York

Jun 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.43 by Bruno74200 from France

Jun 01, 2020
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Reviewed by octortus from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750 mL Bottle. ABV 10%.
Appearance: Sunrise orange, Under one finger of off-white head, Low-Moderate carbonation, Yeast in suspension on final pour, Good retention, Broken cap remains.
Aroma: Banana, Stone fruit, Spice, Very inviting malt presence, Citrus, Classic Belgian yeast, Slight bubblegum, Grape, Quite complex, Refreshing, Simply magnificent.
Mouthfeel: Slightly above medium body, Fairly boozy, Mostly smooth, Somewhat sharp carbonation, Off-dry.
Flavour: Malt, White grape, Belgian yeast, Spice (Coriander), Stone fruit (apricot), Herbal, Floral, Slight Apple, Slight banana, Slight bubblegum.
Overall: Fantastic aroma, wow! That was a treat. I felt like the rest of the beer, while still outstanding, did not quite meet that mark.

Review: 156
Mar 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Dec 28, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by jjholmes from Australia

Dec 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.16 by reebtaerG from Maryland

Nov 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.9 by Lanas from Greece

Oct 26, 2019
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750 mL corked & caged bottle bought at the LCBO well over a year ago; 'Jaargang 2017' according to the neck label. Best before Apr 2020 and served barely chilled.

Pours a clear medium golden hue, topped with half a centimetre of frothy white foam that settles off within the next two minutes or so. A soapy collar encircles a filmy, bubbly layer upon the surface; no lace at first, but bands are generated over time as I sip away at the glass. The aroma is inviting and a little fruity - I'm getting yellow plum, honeycrisp apple and maybe a touch of pear and apricot. Bready pale malts, oily citrus peel and some floral, grassy aspects also come through, though the 10% is notably absent.

Unbelievably smooth, particularly in light of the aforementioned 10% abv. Bready pale malt sweetness, sultana raisin and golden syrup sweetness dominate the forefront, with flavours of bruised apple, stone fruit, lemon and pear developing by mid-sip. Grassy hay, bubblegum and herbal hop notes briefly crop up towards the finish, but the orchard fruit leitmotif repeats itself into the aftertaste, which I'd describe as just a little warming with some candi sugar sweetness. Full-bodied and silky-smooth, with low carbonation levels that limply nudge against the surface of the palate. Dangerously easy drinking.

Final Grade: 4.27, an impressive A-. Like anything of great strength, Cuvee van de Keizer Rood must be handled with respect and diligence... unless, of course, you have the day off tomorrow. Complex and well-balanced, this is a textbook strong Belgian pale ale that is well worth the price anywhere you can find it. The next bottle I pick up will definitely be consumed right away - I've found that although BSPAs do hold up well for at least a couple of years (in fact, I still have a 2018 Rood in the cellar), I usually like them better when fresh, so this review may receive an update within the near future if/when the 2019 batch rolls out to these parts.
Oct 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Aug 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Mar 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by mmilyko from Nevada

Mar 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Jan 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Jan 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2015 vintage 750ml corked bottle from the cellar, so 3 years old.

pours a hazy yellow color, thick white head, that fades after a bit. big aroma of Belgian yeast esters - earthy spice, a touch of banana. similar flavor, starts a bit sweet but finishes drier. medium bodied, very smooth
Nov 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.16 by CMA from New Jersey

Aug 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by zotzot from Vermont

Jun 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.36 by RayCannata from Louisiana

Jun 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.65 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Apr 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4.37 by steverx8 from England

Apr 22, 2018
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Draft at BitterCreek. Pale golden with soft wispy head, streaky lacing. Straight forward malty aroma, taste turns sweet, butter, toffee, butterscotch. Slick and smooth. No sign of the 10% ABV
Apr 11, 2018
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 1/14/15, had 2/23/18.

Pours a mostly clear orange, with a one inch head and some soapy lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, malt, coriander, cloves, light banana, other spices. Smells wheaty. The taste is similar- Belgian yeast, malt, coriander, wheat, other spices, a hint of vanilla. Smooth, a good body but a touch lighter than expected, well carbonated.

Mostly straightforward, but a really well done and classic BSPA. The yeast and malt are great. Well worth a purchase.
Apr 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Mar 17, 2018
 
Rated: 4.2 by RBorsato from Virginia

Mar 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.73 by steevo24 from District of Columbia

Feb 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.88 by -steve- from Canada (ON)

Feb 17, 2018
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