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

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RATINGS: 1471   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 26, 2005
(on bottle 2002 edit.) Clear rubyred, with a small, lasting white head. Dry, woody nose. Powerfull on the alcohol and malts, but not many fruits here. The taste gets more full, port, but the woody feel continues and becomes dominant in a mouthfeel, a bit too thin.The finish becaomes bog, though; lots aof red grapes and raisins here.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - DEC 26, 2005
Huge nose: caramel, yeast, clove and alcohol. Deep dark mahogany color, foamy beige head. Sweet heavy malt body with tastes of raisins. Dry end, somewhat quick tappering off. Think body. Brandy-like at time. Cool.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10068) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Bottle with name of Grand Cru Of the Emperor. Poured a brown color with a large creamy light brown head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Good sweet fruity aroma. Medium body. Moderate complex sweet bitter flavor with a medium sweet finish of average duration. Maybe time would cut some of the sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle at RBESG grand tasting, August 2005. Mid brown colour. On the nose there’s lots of caramel and toffee, with that Belgian candi sugar thing and a touch of chocolate. More caramel on the palate, with suggestions of licorice and stewed, jammy fruit. Sticky and a bit sweet for me. Could do with a bit more acidity to cut trough the sweetness and ends up slightly cloying. Not as special as I was expecting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle courtesy of santa in July. Pours deep mahogany brown with little head that fades fast. Aroma is fruit and candy sugar with some sweet caramel malt, faint yeast as well. Huge sugary sweet flavor, with all kinds of fruit. Banana, pear and apple. Some more caramel with a slight alcohol burn.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (19991) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2005
Bottled (2002, 8,5%). Hazy brown colour, small beige head. Alcohol, malts, caramel. Flavour sweet caramellish malty with hints of plum, alcohol a bit bitterness. Quite complex to both aroma and flavour.

3.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Highly alcoholic smell, astringent and spices. A good amount of sugar is present, but this beer would do very well to be aged for a year or so before drinking.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (11884) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2005
Bottled vintage 2002, alc. 8.5%
Hazy nut brown, small steady off-white head, lace. Sweet fruity (plum, date, even cumin), yeasty - Westy 12 -like. 3-yrs ageing gives some earthy notes. Loads of brown sugar in the flavor - starts really sweet, earthy notes, fruityness, alcohol kick in the middle. Salty aftertaste. Very Het Anker -like... now I need later vintage to compare.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Pours reddish-brown with a thick, mid-sized white head. Very sweet and fruity aroma--mostly plum and raisin--with a lot of yeast and bread. Sweet and leathery flavor, with plum and anise. The middle is thickly alcoholic, and it finishes dry and slightly funky, with some nice warming. Will be excellent in a year or two.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 11/04/2008. Clear dark brown body with ruby highlights and a creamy off-white head with light begian lacing. Sweet raisins, rum soaked fruit, caramel, molassas and candi sugar aroma. Raisin and candi sugar flavor with some rum-soaked fruit and caramel. Medium full body wtih rather low carbonation and a syrupy finish. 7/3/7/3/13-3.3 11/28/2005: Dark brown color with a fully diminishing head. Lightly alcoholic aroma. Caramel taste and a syrupy texture 6/3/8/4/16 - 3.7


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