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A strong beer well suited for sipping slowly!

  • Dec 31, 2009
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The Carolus web site suggests that, historically, this was an emperor's beer. Obviously, with the name "Carolus", we're talking Emperor Charles here. Apparently, he was quite fond of drinking it during a fox hunt because it brought out the fire in the riders as well as the horses. The hunt, of course, was then conducted in the finest of merry atmospheres. LOL. No doubt that was true if it was as strong a beer then as it is now! 8.5% alcohol/volume is not your typical light beer and that's for sure!

It's a smooth drinking, exceptionally dark Belgian beer with a very strong sweet flavour of caramel and the heady aroma of strong malt. The power of its flavour would suggest to would be drinkers that it would be a fine accompaniment to strongly flavoured meals such as red meat, game in particular.

I don't think I'd want to indulge in more than one or two of these at a sitting. Aside from making you rather giddy with their alcoholic power, it's likely the flavour would become overwhelming, possibly even cloying. Stick to one at a time and enjoy a flavour that is as warm as wine but as cool and refreshing as one would expect from a fine chilled beer.

Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss

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Couden Carolus Classic is a beer brewed in Mechelin.

Technical sheet :
Type of beer:   Special dark beer

Alcohol: 8,5 % VOL  
Kind of hops:  Only Belgian hops 
Wort extract:   19 °Pl 
Fermentation:  High fermentation Refermentation in the bottle
Lagering: 2 weeks 
Bottle: 33 cl and 75 cl
Keg: 20 and 30
Tenability:  3 years 
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