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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1646   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (740) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2007
2006, Nut brown color with small head and no lacing. Aroma was strong with nice fruitiness. Nice flavor, with some malt, but a little too much raisin and sourness. Simple, but good overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 2002 Bottle. Hazy Orange brown with a big creamy tan head. Complex earthy aroma with notes of spice, yeast, and dried fruit. Big sweet malt backbone with some spice. Some liquorice in the finish. Very little carbonation. Age has treated this beer nicely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 750 ml bottle (2006 version) poured into tulip glass. Color was a dark burgundy to brownish color. Sweet aroma of fruits and alcohol. AFor the most part tasted like it smelt (fruits and alcohol). A nice one to sip with friends who can appreciate a good Belgian ale. Canít wait to try the 2005 bottle I have aging Edit::I have now had the 2005 edition and it was amazing. My all time favorite

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 27, 2007
Nice brown colour with a light brownish head. Great sweet aroma of fruits (raisins) and nuts, which one very much also tastes in the flavour along with strong malt, spices, caramel and a good warmness from the alc. Exellent beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer5000 (5186) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2007
750 ml bottle (2006 vintage). Beautiful deep ruby red body with a tiny beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, dry fig, wood and alcohol. Flavor is syrup, dry fruit, roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. This is a full bodied and very flavorful beer. Itís complex, very sweet and lots of alcohol, and believe this alcohol is essential to balance the sweetness. A great beer, but Iím looking forward to sample my 2005 vintage from my cellar. I believe aging is a good thing for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Always one of my favorites. I purchase this beer more often than any other. Best aged 9 months or more. Rated at the12 hour Belgian beer partyin Carlsbad, CA. Possibly the best beer tasting ever,with 70 bottled rare and expensive beers and 20 on draft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2007
2006 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass, deep ruby red if held up to the light. The aroma was of yeast, malt and fruit. The taste was a sweet mix of dark fruits, caramel and spices. Creamy mouthfeel. Fairly complex taste with little alcohol bite. I will have to buy another bottle and try it again around Christmas time. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2007
This beer hit my soft spot. It was truely amazing. Thick in body, very rich in flavor. Alot of different things going on at once. Fruity, and a bit nutty, very sweet. Smooth and not so carbonated. Alcohol taste was smooth. I already bought it again...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
holdenn (2094) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2007
750 ml thanks to xnoxhatex sampled at "Better Know a Style: Belgian Strong Ale" Blind Tasting 07. Clear amber color, with a fully diminishing head. Cookie, sweat, toffee, and cola make up the aroma ... sweaty cola. Medium bodied and syruppy. sweet brown sugar flavors, all spice, fruit, bananna, alcohol. Way too much alcohol, eww.. this was a disapointing surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2007
2000 Vintage. Served in a St.B chalice. Pours a brown color with a rose tint to it. Slight off white head that quickly recedes to nothing. Smell is belgian candy sugar with some fruits and a bit of underlying alcohol. This bottle has held up incredibly well for being 7 years old. Taste is incredible! This is a very good beer. You get more of the fruits in the taste. Especially what seems to be plums, and rum soaked raisins. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. This beer goes down a little too easy. This is a very good candidate for cellaring. One of the best, highly recommended.

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