Charles Quint/Keizer Karel | Brouwerij Haacht NV

Charles Quint/Keizer KarelCharles Quint/Keizer Karel
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Charles Quint/Keizer KarelCharles Quint/Keizer Karel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Haacht NV

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-05-2003

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Anatole
2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of stcules
2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber color, average creamy head.
Fullmalty nose, with a strong yeast hint, caramel, and red fruit.
Resolute maltiness in the taste, with a resolute sweetness, cane sugar, red fruit.
Average body.
Sweetish aftertaste, with malt, marziopan, red fruit, and a bit of bitterness in the end.

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Photo of downes51
2.87/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I just had a couple of these in the 'Valk' bar in central Antwerp. I only gave it 2.5 for appearance because I never actually got to see it on account of it's served in an opaque 3-handled pottery jug.

I thought it was pretty average. A pleasant caramel odour and a fruity taste.. somebody mentioned bananas and I wouldn't disagree. Pleasing enough, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of BrewMaster
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap in a Charles Quint / Keizer Karel chalice at an unnamed cafe in Framerie, Belgium.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy dark red to brown color. There's a bit of a golden hue when backlit. Slightly stiff tan head with decent retention.

Smell: Strong caramel and malt scent. It smells very sweet.

Taste: The caramel flavor dominates this beer but in a rather uncomfortable way. I don't really know what it is, but I don't particularly like the taste of this beer. It's slightly fruity (cherries?) but it's not good. I think it is just too sweet and the caramel flavor is over done. Lots of maltiness all around and some sourness to boot. The alcohol flavor is a bit out of whack and slight off-putting. It's strong, too strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very good ability to coat the palate.

Drinkability: The weird and uncomfortable flavors make this beer less drinkable. The only reason I finished this glass was because I was with my cousin who was eager for me to try a Charles Quint and I didn't want to hurt his feelings. It's not terrible but it will certainly be my last Charles Quint.

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Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught, as Charles Quint, at the "Belgian" restaurant Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Deep brown colour, moderate head. Moderate aroma of malts, caramel and brown sugar, not unpleasant. The flavour is malty sweet with spices, brown sugar notes.

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Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice dark ruby red color, pours with a head with staying power, but not overpowering on the pour. The aroma is pleasant but not too strong.

I had this with souvlaki turkey kebabs for dinner, a nice compliment. Nice malty flavor, but not too much. A fairly average but still tasty beer.

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Bottle: 33cl
*Alcohol: 9%
*Special beer category is not noted
*Brewery: Brouwerij Haacht N.V., B-Boortmeerbeek, 3190
*Place beer was reviewed: Café Classics, stasiestraat, B-3200 Aarschot

I had of course heard a lot about Charles Quint before as he is a very important figure in Belgian and world history. He was born in the city of Gent and he loved our beers. The legend has it that whenever we went to the empyreal court, he took some beer with him. And when he was travelling through his vast empire, he would always try to make a detour trough our regions to take some for the road.

So much for the history. When I first drank this beer, it was served to me in a stone baked pull with three ears. Also this has a reason connected to a legend, but I can’t remember it.
It pours out a very dark brown / copper colour. The head looked very thick and creamy and had a light brownish colour. The smell on the other hand, I never liked, it always seemed very foul. The beer is well carbonated. Maybe more than is to be expected from such a dark beer, but isn’t out of balance. Although I very much like dark brown ales, I always seem to have had enough after one Keizer Karel. So be it. It will never be my most favourite beer, but it a good attempt by the Brouwerij Haacht to develop a Trappist style strong dark beer.

Ut vivat, crescat, floreat!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes 6/3/2007 pours a one-finger light tan head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Deep mahogany color. Sweet malty nose. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is a mellow caramel, clean finish. On-tap €3.00 ($4.11) for a 330ml glass from Brasserie Le Fiacret Brussels, Belgium.

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Photo of Viggo
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown/orange, small white head forms, some nice lacing on the glass. Smell is very malty and fruity, honey, flowers, strawberries, toffee, and some alcohol. Taste is sweet and a little sugary, with fruits, caramel, some spice and very rich malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not bad, a little interesting.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BenBreeg
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, mellow fruitiness. In the taste, dark fruits, mainly figs and raisins. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry dark fruit in the aftertaste. It kind of drinks likes it wants to be a quad.

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Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DrJay
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown with a reddish hue, topped by a tan head with spotty lace. Fruity aroma of strawberries, quite malty, some yeast. Malty caramel flavour and quite sugary, some fruit and mild alcohol at the end. Dry starting at the mid-point, palate coating, medium body due to residual sugar. Not bad at all.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark ruby color. Dark brown like the bottle in the middle, with red highlights similar to the label around the edge. Great thick head that sticks around for a minute!

Surprisingly boozy smell. I figure the alcohol nose is obvious because the last beer I had was an English pale ale, so this seems real strong in comparison. The more I consider it, this is a really nice BSDA smell. Reminds me of the classic Chimay blue. Subtle dark fruitiness with that delicious Belgian yeastiness.

This one grew on me. (Preaching to the choir, I know but..) One of the brilliant benefits of typing up reviews for the beers you sample is giving a big ale a chance to open up. My Keizer Karel really came around. That head is still there! Medium-full body on the tongue, quite delicious. Good stuff (but definitely not one of the greats, not bad, worth a try but not a top 100)

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Photo of BoljaBoy52
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice brown colour.Aroma-licorice,yeast,malty,strawberry.Nutty, some sugar perhaps to offset Drying finish. Yeast and nutty aftertaste.Dubbel,went down easy, nicely drinkable pint. 9% will sneak up on you. Middle mouthfeel.Above average beer, average style

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Photo of ark57
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is a dark amber color with a creamy, tan head. The aroma has some metallic and biscuit notes as well as being malty and spicy. Banana and clove hit up front and for a second I think this is a dunkle weizen. It is complex with a lot of fruitiness and malt. It finishes with spicy alcohol.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown color and has a small head which forms circles on the beer.

Smell is nice, molasses, raisins, a little tobacco. There is also a husky and malty backbone, but this comes second.

Taste: Raisins and a good alcohol kick. Bitter with caramel and candisugar, slightly roasted and the obvious maltbitter. Especially the raisins are quite unique and really give the beer it's originallity.
Aftertaste is dry and body is medium, which fits the style.

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Photo of Spezz
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of janubio
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a pack with two blondes, two rouges and the four handled mug. This one pours a pale golden colour, with a correct head that doesn’t last long, but leaves a good lace. Spicy aroma of coriander, cloves and maybe cardamome, with vanilla notes. Taste is spicy, but with some sweetness. Coriander, cinnamon and a bit fruity. Alcoholic, and a dry aftertaste.

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Photo of BigCheese
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap in Brussels

Tasted kinda like a quad, very sweet with dark fruits, and belgian candy coming through. A great sipper, not entirely unique but very tasty. Very rich syrupy quality to it. Served in opaque funky 4 handle chalice. I'd recommend trying it but dont go to far out of your way.

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Charles Quint/Keizer Karel from Brouwerij Haacht NV
Beer rating: 58.8% out of 100 with 34 ratings
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