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


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RATINGS: 1620   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2007
THOUGHTS: This was the first perfect beer I ever tasted. The first time I had it was a little over a year ago. This time it was a younger bottle than before, but I still think it’s perfect. When it’s aged for about two years it’s just off the chart. There are dark fruit aromas and flavors, along with chocolate vanilla and caramel. It just keeps getting better the warmer it gets. I love this beer, especially around the holidays. It goes down easy for such a high ABV and such rich flavors. TECHNICAL: 2006 bottle. Poured a clear, dark red or black cherry color with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing. The aroma was moderate caramel and chocolate malt. With gratpe, raisin, plum, prune, date, apple, cherry, vanilla and light alcohol. The initial flavor was moderate sweentness, while the finish was heavy sweetness and sour fruit with a short duration along with the flavors of the aroma and a short duration. The body was medium to full with fizzy carbonation and a light alcoholic finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2007
750 ml 2006. Poured a reddish color. aroma od malty brown sugar. Taste is is kinda malty with a swet brown sugar finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2007
750 courteous of ford9719. Pours an amber red. Smells of brown sugar and plum. Very good flavor, tastes similar to the smells, very clean and the alcohol is almost undetectable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2460) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Wow!! nose of banana, cherries, anis, and vanilla in the bottle. pours clear with light head, some lingering lace. nose in the glass also yields yeast, caramel, other citrus - very aromatic! nice body, sweet but not overly. only cloying suggestions of the 11% juiice. hints of dark fruit. This is a 2006 bottle. Brought it back from Brussels with me

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2007
2005 vintage. Pours a fairly clear burgundy-brown with ruby red highlights. Creates a beige thick, rocky head which maintains a thin covering throughout the glass. Lots of sticky web-like lacing as snifter drains. Incredibly rich, intense aromas of brandy-soaked dried dark friuts, plums, cherries, brown sugar, bubblegum and oak all amped up by a big alcohol punch. Mouthfeel is well balanced; smooth, full and silky with a pleasant spritzy carbonation. Big and round for a 10%’er. Flavors very similar to the nose. Head spiningly sweet intense notes of brandy soaked black cherries, raisins, figs, caramel and plums. Just a hint of anise, wood and spice in the background. The 10% abv comes to the rescue here with a faint hop presence to prevent this superb Belgian from becoming too cloyingly sweet. In the final analysis a rich, pleasing, complex and very warming slow sipper to be enjoyed on a cool winter night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2007
I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. Let me rephrase....I wish I’d known what I was getting myself in to when I received this ale from Brando as a "holiday" gift. This Belgian Ale was a huge jump for me from the likes of Stella Artois or Chimay, neither of which should be compared to this beer of Belgian beers. The nose is sweet and reeks of plum, apple and impending dryness. Interesting, to say the least. The first couple sips were overbearing, to say the least. Once I adjusted, strong flavors of plum remained, but carrying along flavors of mollasses and brown sugar. Maybe some dark cherry? Wallop! The bannana description comes up short for moi, but coriander and a spicey, dry finish wrap this belgian so nicely for me. Definitely have a couple in the cellar for a couple of years. BIG thanks to bigsilky for this great CHRISTMAS gift. Your anti-’merican comments at the bar certainly don’t detract from your beer knowledge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (5916) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 Vintage 2006. Ruby brown, clear, with a white creamy head. Mellow aroma with some roasted tones and raisins. Very smooth in the mouth. Sweet flavor that mixes well with notes of dried fruit, raisins, plums and toffee, all carried up by alcohol warmth. Very nice, at least in small quantities (shared the bottle with two others).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2007
The 25.4 ounce amber bottle poured a beautiful, crystal clear garnet beverage with a creamy ample off white head that was entirely lasting and left beautiful lacing on the glass. The aromas sweet and candy like. There was bubble gum and cotton candy first with an earthy undertone. The body was full with a soft carbonation and a wonderful creamy texture on the palate. The flavor starts off quite sweet and stays that way throughout the long warming finish. It was like sipping a wonderful glass of sweet brandy. WOW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2007
nice nose that is sweet yet tart. good appearance is dark reddish brown. flavor makes me wish i had let this one age for awhile. flavor is of sweet plums and raisons, overall too sweet to reveal any complexities. i imagine this would be impressive in a year or two.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a ruddy brown, with nice ruby tones when held up to the light. Scant head of cream colored foam. The ring around the glass leaves decent lacing. Fruity aroma - with lots of plum and some cherry. And brown sugar. And molasses. The taste is similar to the aroma - very fruity - again with mostly plum. I also taste a tart cranberry flavor. Then the maltiness is like a Christmastime goodie - something like rum-soaked sweetbread. Mild molasses and something like raisin in the finish. Medium bodied, deceptive alcohol content. A phenominal beer.

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