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.
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