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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1741   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
A very fine drink. Almost zero head, as Belgians tend. Very dark and sumptuous - a quad I think? Notes of fig, black currant, almost mincemeat. Though it sounds like it would be a sweet beer, I assure you this is not the case. A flavor of odd alien fruits and ancient spirits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
2003 Bottle. Garnet pour with no head. Slightly plastic tasting. Sweet and malty. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2007
750 ml. bottle, 2006 vintage. Pours out a clear mahogany with a creamy light beige head. Fruity aroma punctuated by caramel and vanilla. Medium/full body, light carbonation and a rich, smooth mouthfeel. Sweet malty flavors dominate, with very gently bitterness at the finish. Luxurious, rich, and satisfying. Alcohol not really apparent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2007
Version 2005. Brown red beer with a small beige head. Lot of port and madeira in aroma and flavor. Alcohol as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2007
75 cl bottle, 2005. Brown/reddish color, small brown head. Complexe sweetness, alcohol, malt, fine bitterness. Lovely. (RBNAG’07 in Grimstad Nov. 3th.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2007
2005 bottle. A clear dark amber pour with a firm lightly tanned head. Inviting sweet aromas of toffee/caramel, candysugar and dark dried fruits. Notes of light acidic fruitiness. Sweet-flavored, mainly malt-sweetness with a delicate refreshing fruit-sweetness (apples, sweet lemon and tropical). Mild spicy and herbal notes. Medium to full body. Smooth and oily mouthfeel. A great beer. (Bottle @ RBNAG’07)

   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 I’ve 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 didn’t 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 Sox’s tonight nomatter what the outcome (Go Sox’s)

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