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


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RATINGS: 1587   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (3014) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Fruity beer extreme. initial aroma is alcohol and strong fruits: dates, prunes, mild nuts. taste is very jammy with minimal hop content. Though high in AC it offers a smooth flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
nick76 (4292) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 The aroma has brown sugar, soy sauce, yeast, and dark fruit (plums, raisins, and dates). The appearance is dark purple brown with a medium foamy head. The flavor is strong with lots of alcohol and all the elements from the aroma. The palate is chewy and the finish is sweet and chewy like a fruit cake. Overall it’s well made and has one of the best aftertastes of any beer but I still don’t love it 100%.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 These guys must use something that makes their beers smell a little funny, because this beer smells bad like the Noel. The flavor seems more malty than hoppy. Wasn’t a fan. Had again and once again rated it poorly. A 2.5 the second time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2794) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours brown with a light tan head. Aroma of chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is heavy with chocolate, the alcohol is quite noticeable. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (14385) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2007 Nice head with ok duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma is fruits and spices. Taste is fruits and spices and a bit vinous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3603) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle. Dark brownish colour with a decent head. Aroma and taste of malts, fruits and spices. Good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11303) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2006
2004. Dark brown with no head. Very powerful aroma with low carbonation. Quite vinious with complex spicyness. Good full feel from raisins and plums.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2006
2000. Wow, the aroma is heavy with alcohol and malt. From the aroma, I was a bit concerned. The bottle says 8%. But, I suspect that the 11% is closer to the truth. Very smooth, with a raisin and prune flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6177) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de vinaigre balsamique et de petits fruits confits. Apparence: La couleur est brune voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: La couleur est brune voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’alcool chaleureux en arrière gout. (Rating #714)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of belgian spices, chocolate malt, and alcohol. The flavor is semi smooth, chocolate, fruit, and spices. Good body, great beer.

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