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


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RATINGS: 1723   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009
Name: Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer (Blue)
Date: December 31, 2003
Mode: Bottle
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC
Appearance: dark opague brown, thin tan head
Aroma: sweet aroma of ripe figs
Flavor: rich dark malt flavor with lots of ripe fruit character that grows as it warms, a bit of alcohol fumes in the finish

Name: Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer (Blue)
Date: September 06, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Aroma: sweet dark fruit aroma with a caramel sweetness
Flavor: rich dark fruit flavor, lots of dark caramel sweetness brings out the dark fruits

Name: Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer (Blue)
Date: March 07, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Score: 3.7 to 4.1
Aroma: sweet dark ripe fruit aroma
Flavor: dark rich and sweet fruity flavor
Overall: the perfect dark belgian with all the sweet dark fruits

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: ***+/4

Name: Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer (Blue)
Date: November 02, 2006
Vintage: 2002
lots of rich ripe fruit aroma with a hint of hot alcohol, a bit thin and fumey,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 23, 2007
750 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar: Deep burgandy color held up to a light with a small, fading tannish head. Aroma is sweet red wine with some dark fruit. Flavor starts sweet and fruity with black cherry and plum finishing smooth and lightly dry. Medium body is creamy with moderate carbonation. 11% ABV is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 re-rated...Brown, warm garnet in the light, tan frothy head with lacing. Lots of honey, dates, figs up front in the aroma which is very sweet, malty, and complex with yeast lending some caramelized banana. Sweet but good aroma. Solid, juicy, quaffable body. Palate perfectly carries the beer. Lots of apples, pears, white plums. Very juicy beer but ends in a splash of liquid bread. Sweet but finishes dry--brilliant and very enjoyable!
Labeled as Grand Cru of the Emperor when I sampled this at the Seattle International Beer festival. It is sublime and delicious and I would like to try this again with more opportunity to savor a longer sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hotstuff (4840) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Corked and caged 2660 bottle marked 10%ABV. Large tan fizzy head that mostly diminished with a minimal amount of lacing, transparent, fast-rising carbonation, and a ruby hue. Nose was malty, dark fruits and a hint of licorice. Flavor was malty, dark fruits, vinuous, some harshness and dry. Tingly, dry mouthfeel. Medium body. Probably should have let this one age for a while to see if some of the harsh taste would have mellowed somewhat. A good brew nonetheless and one I would like to get again and age it. Worthy of a try IMO.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beltramelli (470) - Campinas, BRAZIL - AUG 14, 2007
Bottle, in Brazil. Dark reddish coloration, with a creamy, dense and persistent beige head. Complex. Burnt aroma and palate, with notes of coffee, floral, liquor and red fruits. It goes down dense, made velvety, creamy, remembering Westvleteren. Average and wonderful carbonation. Alcohol very well inserted. Fantastic beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brix (652) - DENMARK - AUG 13, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2008 Tasted 2007-06-17. 2002 version. Dark brown/red colour with off-white head. Aroma of raisins, plums, port and yeast. Flavour: Port, yeast, malt, roasted malt. Very complex, very rounded. Almost no fizzle, but still one of the best beer I’ve had so far.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2007
On tap. Caramel sweet nose with yeast and spices. Flavor of apple or pear, yeast, caramel. finished with light alcohol burn, pepper, some sweet. 11%? Very balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Poured with decent foamy head. Toffee, alcohol, coffee raisins and figs all made themselves apparent, as well as dried fruit, pear, cherry, and caramel graduating into pleasing warming finish. Pretty tasty, and disguises the alcohol fairly well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Finally entering all my "Better Know a Style: Belgian Strong Ale" tasting 07 results, the last one, phew. This was quite the bad end to an otherwise great tasting. Aroma yeasty and alc. Dark red with no head to speak of. Flavor was pure banana with some alc notes. Very syrupy body and burned.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5555) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 5, 2007
This 2006 corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop marked lot 6668334 poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent strongly carbonated dark brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was floral dark malt anise and mild vinous. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong vinous aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of vinous brown malt mild caramel and mild licorice. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

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