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


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RATINGS: 1735   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   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. 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2007
2006, "Lot 0650". Murky rust color, small yet incredibly creamy ecru head. Thin wispy strands of lace. Comforting aromas of brown sugar, rum-soaked fruitcake, banana peel, and vanilla. Flavorwise, a study in sugary decadence: candied figs, plum, maple/molasses, anise, pear. No detectable hop presence. Aftertaste exudes peppery etahnolic heat and bittersweet chocolate-banana-cherry. Although the texture is pillow soft, it is sadly overfilling and syrupy... finishing the bottle proved a challenge. Definitely a dessert sipper akin to an after-dinner liqueur.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rfox3 (3) - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA - NOV 3, 2007 does not count
Bottled. Poured dark with slight red hue with cream head. Very nice, complex aroma to match its taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
heavy (2773) - Split, CROATIA - OCT 30, 2007
27/10 Since Iíve tried Ambrio, my first Het Anker beer I always wanted to find this, the top product of my favorite commercial brewery. And here I am at Hopdevil in company of Doggythedog who is already killing me why I didnít ordered it before (sorry :) ) And here it comes, the crown of the night and whole my visit to Zagreb... the familiar 0.75 l bottle, 2006 vintage, which poured deep reddish brown body with medium brownish head (tulip glass). Aroma is very nice, sweetish, malt dominated with caramel and some fresh coffee. Flavor quite sweet too, at first quite ordinary, with every other sip revealing its special fantastic and quite complex character. Very full bodied, there are lot of things in there, fruitiness, chocolate, caramel, coffee a bit...everything in a nice order, really a masterpiece. Like a real meal, as we have been kidding. Alcohol is felt but not very much. Finish is pleasantly sweet, not too much, quite simple but great. Wonderful beer, leaving a big smile and warm soul.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 28, 2007
2006 vintage, 750ml bottle Poured a wonderful burgundy color with a slight white head . Aromas of wine fresh bread and malts . Medium-bodied and slight carbonation . This Ale drinks like a cognac . Big fruity flavors along with some malty sweetness but not overly sweet .This bottle was a well balanced. I will enjoy this Ale watching the Red Soxís tonight nomatter what the outcome (Go Soxís)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Rating #400. 2006 Vintage; 10 % ABV. Pours a hazy reddish brown with a couple fingers of creamy beige head that diminishes to a thin cap and leaves creamy lace sliding down the glass. The aroma is delicious: banana bread dough, milk chocolate, caramel, cherries, raisin, cloves, and a faint alcohol. Medium-bodied and silky/soft with a mildly vinous/dry finish and a touch of alcohol warmth. The flavor is of raisins, chocolate, cherries, red wine, and a faint alcohol note at the end. If it were just a tad less sweet this beer would be practically perfect. As it stands, itís just very, very good. ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marko (4948) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 27, 2007
2006 vintage, 750ml bottle shared with heavy whom I thank for ordering this at the Hopdevil.
The strongest, the best rated beer from what could be my favorite non-trappist belgian brewery. I came with great expectations.
Poureed a lovely dark deep red colour with a creamy off white head that went away at a medium pace. The nose showed some of the complexity this beer possesses. Chocolate, malt, raisins, a touch of coffee machine coffee, caramel and alcohol.... The taste was sweet, pleasant and complex. Malt, a touch of brittle, sweet, chocolatey, some typical belgian yeastiness, caramel, tobacco,fruity, bananas dipped in sugar and then covered by chocolate, coffee and caramel again and... green tea? (was I hallucinating?). Dryish bittersweet finish. Yup, a great beer. Didnít strike me as the best that Het Anker does, but the best they do is stellar, and this isnít far away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimay67 (41) - hunt sta, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2007
2006 vintage, caged 750. Malty, vinious, little head that quickly dissipates. Big fruity flavors up front, alcohol in the middle, malt in the finish. No discernable hop notes. Just big, fruity and malty. Het Anker continues to do a solid job with this big boy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2011 2006 bottle, tasting mighty fine these days. This has always been one of my fave grand crus, for its rich and full palate, for the beautiful pour with the billowy biscuit head atop the dark copper body, and of course for the flavors. Certainly itís malt-a-licious, but the dominant flavors are raisins/prunes with a slight tartness giving it balance and complexity. Will no doubt be better with age, but itís lovely as is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (998) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottled, 2006 vintage. Pours hazy mahogany brown with a minimal fizzy head that settles into fine lacing. Aroma of raisins and banana dominate, with a hearty malt background. Sweet Belgian candy sugar is also noticeable. Flavor is quite smooth, mostly raisin, plum and dark fruits, with some sherry/port flavors. Finishes with a tingly palate, but the alcohol could be more balanced. Good beer to age for another couple of years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KimJohansen (10419) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2007
2007 version. Pours dark brown with medium beige head. Complex malty aroma with notes of dried fruits and yeast. Flavor contains malt, dates, prunes and yeast. Well balanced - very nice beer.

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