Gouden Carolus Classic | 8,5% vol.
Gouden Carolus Classic finds its origin in the rich tradition of Mechelen. Every Belgian city had their own city breweries and their own city beer. So the people of Mechelen drunk “den Mechelschen Bruynen”. Mechelen, at that time capital of the Netherlands, had her brewer’s guild and the members were on their honor to brew the best beer for the Emperor. An old chronicle of Mechelen reports that this Grand Imperial Beer, “Gouden Carolus” named after the golden coins of Emperor Charles, was mainly consumed during the foxhound “since both the riders and the horses were brought in full fire and it made them gallop so the hunt always developed in the best atmosphere“. More info
Selected World’s best dark ale (World Beer Awards 2012)