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

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RATINGS: 1599   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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. This beer, as all our beers, is 100 % natural, with no preservatives, no adjuncts and no chemicals. We bottle it in bottles of 75 cl and closed with a quality cork. Excellent to store several years. Every year the public is invited to assist to the brewing process.
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

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jlf278 (287) - 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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JHeath99 (1301) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with beige head. Aroma of bready malts, yeast, and dark fruits. Taste is similar but with a nice woody hint.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1159) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
August 7th, 2013 - These days Belgian beers get slotted into my drinking schedule less and less, in favor of the local brewers putting out new and innovative entries on what seems to be a weekly basis. But a return to the old country proves why I should make more trips to the store to take an imaginary trip across the Atlantic. Gouden Carolus’ Cuvée van de Keizer Blauw is a testament to the brilliant engineering that goes into a well balanced Belgian Strong Ale. The pour gives off a deep, burgundy red beer with a head that barely sits up for the photograph, preferring to recline and settle into the body. The nose gives off deep umami hits of soy sauce and miso paste, with a thick layer of that mouth watering cheese richness, though thinner than most BSA’s. A more invokable comparison might be miso dressing, mixed with a bit of artisanal soy sauce and cocoa powder, and even a little dashi for extra warmth and tastiness. On the palate I immediately notice a smooth, velvety texture, which brings with it grape, cheese and yet more umami. The flavor firms and sweetens after it settles, giving off notes of spice and brown sugar, and where there was bordeaux grape in the foretaste, instead there’s a space filled more with baker’s sweets than the sugars of a farmer’s market. Though the alcohol is masked, it’s a sow sipping beer, with a strength behind the curtains. An approach to room temperature brings some pear juice to bear, upping the already remarkable quality of this brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brandman (2271) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 15, 2015
Brown body, light brown head. Aroma has cola, bread and chocolate and still noble hops comes through. Alcohol is present. Belgian yeast, which in this case is one of the best strains. Carolus has such wonderful charasteristics. Flavour is without alcohol, but has roastiness and raisins with really nice dark bready malt. Huge beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bedni (282) - POLAND - APR 15, 2015
Aroma: malty, sweet, a bit roasted plums, cherries, little cacao, coca-cola color: very dark brown, almost black, clear medium body, very smooth taste, a bit alcohol, but not very agressive, its intense sweet, like Porto-wine nice to taste something COMPLETLY different than ipa, or beer in general (not belgian way ;) )

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peter_L (1023) - SWEDEN - APR 10, 2015
Flaska från SB, inköpt 2013. Massiva dofter av mörk fruktkaka och torkade dadlar, fikon, apelsinskal och sultanrussin. Söt smak där föregående fruktbord åter igen gör sig påmind. Mycket fyllig munkänsla med en härlig eldighet från alkoholen.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mlacko (2) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 10, 2015 does not count
Since 2004, it is on my favorite list:) from Year to year i taste difference, and it looks it will be never repeated taste of 2004/2005. in any case, wort of tasting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
klm1 (342) - - APR 7, 2015
Very dark brown oily colour with redish. Aroma of dark chocolate, hops, malts, caramel, raisins, dark fruits, little presence of vanilla. the same is the taste. Alcohol is notable but is also very well hidden. Overall Very good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (4093) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2015
Bottle shared by jheath99. Pours dark brown with beige head. Aroma is bready and cookie malts, dark fruit notes, faint chocolate, and faint oak. Flavor is smooth dark fruits, chewy malt profile, light vanilla sweetness, and faint woody notes. Medium body.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frothmeister (620) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2015
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy chestnut brown with a one finger tan head. It smells amazing. I can say with sincerity that I’ve never smelled a beer like this before. Molasses, raisin, serious red wine notes, alcohol, hazelnut, walnut, brandy, black licorice, and the "original" flavour of Ricola. As for taste, sweet with heavy raisin notes, LBV port, black licorice, light hazelnut, a light cinnamon note and some definite alcohol that turns into very surprising Dutch style licorice heavy flavours, port, and some dried fruit in the finish. This beer is a beast. Good, too damn good.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerlover500 (8) - BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2015 does not count
Drank the 2013 edition yesterday, bought few years back at the brewery. Must say that the taste only got better. Still a top beer!


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