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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maverick34 (2721) - New York, USA - APR 27, 2007
Wow! I just stumbled on to this, inexplicably, a huge stash is newly arrived at my local supermarket across the street. Pours very dark brown black w/some head and some lacing. Aroma is strong, taste is strong and malty, some sweet & fruit tastes, I guess the alcohol is noticeable though I really don’t mind. Surprisingly good! Buying decent beer from regular grocers in Manhattan is tough so when your local provison store somehow, some way, ends up with a stash of this, you take notice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2007
2006 bottle. Pours a pretty dark brown/black color with a not much head, though inside the bottle was foamy as hell after I poured. Looks intense. Aroma is strong, syrupy malts. A bit of alcohol and the normal yeasty, strong belgian smell. Taste is strong, with some alcohol. Sweet, thick, and fruity. A little sweet and maybe a tad too much alcohol taste but I can’t complain. This was quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (1946) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2007
Dark reddish brown with a quick fading bright brownish head. Aroma is rich with fruit, caramel and hops. Taste is sweet and smooth with raisin cherry finish. Alcohol warms but does not intrude on the taste. $9/750ml

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (3019) - Waregem, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Dark red - light brown color with a light brownish head. Aroma sweet, fruity. Tastes alcholol along with strong malt, spices, caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2007
2006 bottle,huge grape and raisin aroma,reminds me of a Mogan David Wine,other dark fruits evident,also a whoosh of alcohol. Huge dark fruit,raisin date ,grape taste,there is a sweetness to it. There is a touch of hop bitterness ,but thats mostly overwhelmed by the malt and yeast product. Alcohol presence always there,but not a problem. When this alcohol tones down,this will be a classic. As for now ,its merely fantastic

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2489) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2007
Bottle, 2006. Heavy doughy yeast smells with moderate molasses and background notes of prune and cola. It has a small, fizzy, off white head with good lacing and the color is a rust/brown which is suprisingly clear. Taste is moderately sweet with a long tart and dry finish. Palate is medium to full, chewy and oily in texture. There is a heavy alcohol feel in the finish. A very tasty and warming beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8010) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
2006 bottle. This dark brown ale poured with a modest tan head, and a sweet fruity aroma. This is a full-bodied beer that is packed with a variety of flavors, including caramel malt, raisin, chocolate and warming alcohol. I know that it ages well, since I had a 2003 bottle a few months ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2007
2006 Bottle. 1Pint 9.4 FL. OZ. Very appealing appearance. Sweet, sugary aroma of aroma of raisins and banana. Very smooth, balanced palate with an exceptionally long finish and nice amount of carbonation. Flavor is sweet and just alcoholic enough without being overpowering. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (6119) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2007
As Grand Cru of the Emperor. 2006 bottle. Dark brown color, with nice small, but thick head. Aroma is full of figs, and other non-deScript fruit. Flavor is that of malts, figs, raisins, and a strong warm alcohol feel. I will be on the lookout for older vintages of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
Bottle (2001, 2004 & 2005). Dark brown colour with a large tan head. Yeasty aroma with figs, chocolate & citrus fruits. Sticky alcoholic flavour, sweet and fruity. The less alcoholic 2001 bottle was the tastiest.

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