Charles Quint/Keizer Karel | Brouwerij Haacht NV

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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

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-05-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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 kylehay2004
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biegaman
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A visibly aged - incredibly dusty - 330ml bottle enjoyed at La Villette in Brussels. With a best before of 31/03/06 this bottle is aged (I estimate - at minimum) three and a half years. ABV listed as 9%.

A small trace of tapioca head that parts to the outside but trickles into the center where it swirls to form a vortex like shape. A dark brown colour with butterscotch complexion. Quite attractive, an appearance akin to port if not for the large yeast floaties.

A rich and sticky caramel aroma. Considerably decadent with a strong coating of chocolate and french vanilla. Mellowed malts with bittersweet character - the vanilla, the chocolate, the caramel - rich and bittersweet.

The carbonation is low with no trace of the 9%. This is about as quenching any strong, dark Belgian can be. The taste is dominated by raisin and chocolate, hints of dried apples. The raisins especially stand out in the aftertaste. It actually taste a fair bit like creme brulee. Indeed The chocolate became very rich. The taste continued to resemble creme brulee more and more.

This was delicious. I would compare it (maybe even prefer it) to the Gouden Carolus Classic; to which I found it very similar.

I can't help but notice my impression and overall score are both much higher above the mean. I can't speak for others, but I was tremendously impressed with this beer. Perhaps it was the fillet mignon steak and melted Trappist cheese it was paired with, or perhaps it was the three something years it aged, or perhaps it was simply the quaint ambiance of La Villette and lively atmosphere of Place St.Catherine - but my bottle was honestly something quite special.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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 DrJay
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Viggo
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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 jrallen34
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a super dark amber that is incredibly clear. The head is a very light tan that only rises about a finger but is gone way to quickly with no lacing.

The aroma is super malty caramel with tons of dark sinous fruits(prunes).

The taste is pretty malty a little to sweet, more sweet than I was expecting. More dark fruits and at the end a little bitter at the end.

The feel is medium dry at the end.

Overall, this is ok, pretty similar to Gouden dor, but not in that league.

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Photo of stcules
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 desint
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of BenBreeg
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Absumaster
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Globetrotter
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this little jewel in a big Moscow supermarket. Brown 33cl bottle with a label featuring the bust of Charles V, described on the back as a "lover of life and beer. He would have liked this beer." I tend to agree. The ingredients conform to the purity law. Label said this was bottle conditioned, although I didn't see any sediment. The expiration date, if I'm reading it correctly, is January 2003. I bought it a few days ago, and opened it on September 4. Hmm...

Pours a beautiful dark amber with a thick creamy almost tan head that is in no hurry to hit the road. Lace covers the glass as we head towards the bottom. Even the last gulp in the glass included some head. The nose if full of flowery hops and a touch of sweet alcohol. The mouth is sweet with fruit and well (not overly) carbonated. Lots of fruit, mostly cherries, comprise the opening taste, balanced by some nice malt. A bit of hoppy bitterness comes out in the finish, but not much (I would have appreciated more). The aftertaste is sweet and fruity, but not overwhelmingly so like a Kriek or a Framboise. The alcohol is there, but it is well hidden. This is quite an excellent beer!

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Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of janubio
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Anatole
2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of lmaduells
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BigCheese
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of BrewMaster
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
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 ark57
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 BoljaBoy52
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jose9e
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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