Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1742   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Every year on the 24th of February, the birthday of "Charles the fifth", the Brewery brews the Gouden Carolus "Cuvee of the Emperor" in a limited quantity and with an eye on the highest quality and tradition. This unique brewing, with only extra fine Belgian hops and with a higher alcohol level, guarantees a better evolution in the time, than the already known Gouden Carolus Classic. The 75cl bottles are closed with a quality cork. Excellent to store several years. This exceptional ale ages well, developing a refined complexity and intense aromas. With powerful notes of roasted malts, caramel and plums, its surprisingly soft and fruity aroma combines a warm roundness with a refreshing taste. An imperial brew to cherish and enjoy in moderation.
Was 8% abv in 2000-2002, 10% in 2003 and 11% in 2004.

DISCLAIMER: This is a dark beer and the label has a blue diagonal line.

jlf278's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Truly fit for an emperor. This beer smells like heaven. There is a ton of dark stone fruit with burnt sugar and a touch of bourbon on the nose. Flavor is much of the same with a nice transition from sweet to dry. The flavors meld and then drift away ever so smoothly. The palate could have been a little fuller and certainly left my mouth feeling really wet, but that’s not too bad. The appearance was the only average characteristic, lacking much of a head and holding a mediocre dull brown. Overall, extremely delicious, one that I could drink by the liter, and hopefully will.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nutjes (322) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2016
Proefglas van 75cl-fles op WBA-tasting bij Freddy. Merci! U: Donkerbruin met licht bruine schuimkraag. G: Geroosterde mout, rozijnen, vijgen, chocolade en karamel. S: Zoete quadrupel, veel chocolade, gedroogd fruit, wat gist, banaan en een licht rokerige toets. NICE! M: Volmondig en sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Echon (388) - Århus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2016
Deep red. Rich, sweet, fruity, and spicy, with a lightly bitter finish. Medium body. Overall, a wonderful belgian strong ale. Beautiful color, very rich taste and no sign of the high abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kittenbieer (68) - LYON, FRANCE - OCT 16, 2016
Dégustée avec mon Appiantiqua.Belle robe brun-rouge avec reflets cuivrée surmontée d’une mousse de couleur crème moyennement persistante qui laisse une fine épaisseur.La carbonatation est assez bonne et le nez nous offre rapidement des arômes de Porto,fruits secs,raisins,pruneaux......La bouche nous amène sur un agréable velouté de toutes ces saveurs déjà senties avec une légère amertume et alcool chaleureux qui restent en finale.Great beer!!!!!!!18,5

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
appiantiqua (72) - Lyon, FRANCE - OCT 16, 2016
Dégustée avec mon Kittenbieer dans un verre Maredsous. Température de début 9 à 10°. Très belle robe brun rouge surmontée d’une mousse crème qui retombe assez rapidement pour laisser une fine couche; bonne carbonatation. Nez très agréable et complexe sur les fruits noirs(raisin,pruneau) et le porto. Le goût est tout simplement exceptionnel : équilibre parfait entre l’amertume et la douceur avec des saveurs furtives de dattes,figues,caramel et le retour du superbe vin cuit.... d’autres dégustations seront nécessaires pour mieux apprécier l’immense palette qu’offre cette très grande bière. La finale est tout aussi plaisante et de bonne longueur avec un alcool parfaitement intégré. Le très haut de gamme!!! 18,5/20

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HULK777 (558) - - OCT 11, 2016
Peppermint, red berries, chocolates, and toffee aroma. Taste is Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper, bitter herbs, peppermint candycane, berries, and coffee. Lots of vanilla too. Complex and amazing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (557) - ITALY - OCT 8, 2016
Cuvée 2014 aperta l’8 ottobre 2016. Tonaca di frate con riflessi caramello, schiuma beige chiara non molto persistente. Aroma etilico, banana matura, bourbon, note di mela, fichi, lieve cioccolato e lieve tostato, note di ciliegia. Al palato banana matura, mela, fichi, note ossidate che ricordano il bourbon, finale delicato con cioccolato, bourbon e note tostate. Non molto carbonata, corpo pieno.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1859) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2016
2015 bottle. Dark brown shade. Short off-white head. Notes of apple, raisin, grape, coffee, toffee, earthy malts. Mouthfeel is the best part. Really well poised, thick and slightly sweet but not cloying. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle 750ml (2015) – cellared for 1 year. Served at room temperature. Pours a hazy burnt copper. Head is medium sized, foamy, beige and lasts well. Aroma is sweet and complex; lightly toasted wholemeal rolls, blackcurrants (strong), stewed plums (strong), dried currants, dried apricots, cooked brown sugar, cherry liquor chocolates, aniseed balls (red), dried leaves and rich pudding spices. Flavour is velvety smooth, sweet, and slightly vinous; virtually no bitterness at all; vintage port (strong), spiced prune paste (strong), overripe figs (strong), golden raisins, cassis, stewed rhubarb, rich chocolate truffles, cooked sticky brown sugar, a touch of golden syrup and hints of old red wine barrels in the finish. Full bodied with very soft carbonation, a velvety texture and a long finish. ABV is extremely well hidden. Would make for a perfect after dinner/desert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dahlstrom (322) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2016 750 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Cloudy dark amber with a small off-white head. Strong malty aroma of caramel, syrup bread, brown sugar, resin, rasins, plums and yeast. Taste reflects the aroma. Medium body, with a slick texture. Low carbonation. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1693) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2016
75cl bottle. Dark mahogany pour with a medium height, fine-grained beige head with good retention. Notes of chocolate, dried fruit (plums, raisins, figs), toffee, molasses, sherry, cherries, caramel. Medium to full bodied, soft mouthfeel, low carbonation and a sticky-sweet finish.

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