Charles Quint Rouge / Keizer Karel Robijn | Brouwerij Haacht NV

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

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Haacht NV
Belgium
primus.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by dogfooddog on 10-20-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
11.88%
 
 
Wants:
4
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19
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Drab1ne
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of jhtipton
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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 eduardolinhalis
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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 RuudJH
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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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3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
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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3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
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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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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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3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
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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3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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 tempest
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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 atis
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Andreji
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of stcules
3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.
Drinkable.

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Photo of AlexLMS
4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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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Charles Quint Rouge / Keizer Karel Robijn from Brouwerij Haacht NV
3.62 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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