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


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RATINGS: 1666   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2007
2006 Bottle. Big fruity aroma of fig, pumpkin, and malt. Very sweet with a fig and candied cherry front. Very thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Aroma is pure bubblegum and caramel apple. Flavor follows through with rich toffee. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2007
2006 Bottle @ my brothers (Vac) & Abby’s (zug4abby) house warming party. Pours brown with a nice tan head. Fruity aroma backed with an assortment of malts. The flavor is stick sweet with fruits and chocolate. Medium body and nice & smooth!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 05 bottle. thanks mgumby or solan, i think one of you brought this? if it was someone else thanks to you also! Licorice and anise on the nose, with some dark sugar. Pours dark brown. Smooth chocolate malt flavor! There was some hints of anise in the background and a

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Pours a dark malty brown with a small white head. The aromas consist of some dark fruit, caramel, and candy sugar. Smells delicious. The taste was much the same. The sweetness just coats the palate fully, smooth caramel and fruity flavors coincide well together. Sweet, but not too much. Leaves a nice cinnamon flavor on the lips in the aftertaste. Excellent brew. Bravo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Dark reddish brown color with virtually non-existent white head. The aroma reminds me of Kasugai apple gumi fruit snacks from Japan (sort of too sweet apple, petrochemical, and bubblegum). Flavor is of toasted malt and caramel. A very nice beer with well balanced alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagobears (441) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2007
2006 bottle pours a hazy plum color. Aromas of prunes, oak tannin, brown sugar. Sweet and complex. Their seems to be an oak aged sourness to it. Lots of dark fruit, sugar coated dates and candy sugar. A bit of bitter chocolate in the end. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2007
2006 vintage bottle. Clear dark-ruby pour with small (quickly dissapating) tan head. Decent lacing is left on glass. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries, figs, raisans, and light alcohol were noted. Highly, but not overly, carbonation. Medium bodied. Sticky mouthfeel. Very long duration of finish. Alcohol warming is present (other than that the alcohol is almost not noticeable). One of the best I have had!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14664) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2007
Bottle (2005 + 2007) at Københavnske Øldage 2007. Clear red/brown - offwhite head. Licorice, dried fruits, high carbonated, roasted, ryebread, raisins, sharp. A bit like the Christmas beer. 2005 edition is a bit softer than 2007, but no major difference. Not as fantastic as expected !!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
malrubius (2241) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - MAY 14, 2007
2006 bottle in May 2007, from a Westmalle glass. My first rating, so gimme a break please. Notes of coffee and chocolate in aroma. (I need to eat some raisins and figs to know what they taste like, I guess.) Dark brown and nearly opaque. Beautiful fine beaded head and good lacing. Delicious flavors of chocolate, woodsy, with some winelike alcohol. Excellent mouthfeel, medium-to-full bodied yet smooth, thanks to reasonably low carbonation. A very enjoyable strong dark Belgian.

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