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


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RATINGS: 1506   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (947) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2006
I picked up this 2004 vintage corked and caged bomber from Bullock’s in Marietta. Although great care was exercised in not shaking the bottle during the uncaging and uncorking ceremony, I still found a gusher in my hand that lost about an ounce of liquid on the desktop. I had never seen a beer form a head in the bottle before this one. The body was deep burgundy in color and after the initial rush of carbonation; there was little head to speak of. The beer looked cloudy in the wine glass, while little light coming through. The bouquet was rich and layered with aromas of fig, plum, raisin, toffee, chocolate, and maple. The malt also presented itself on the tongue as a sweet and warm taste reminiscent of port wine. Alcohol was not as well hidden as I though it would be, with distinct warmth that was pleasing. Not much to counter the sweetness, as there was hardly any hop presence. The beer was smooth and slippery on the palette with a prickly, peppery, and alcoholic aftertaste. Two years of aging was not enough, as the rough edges were still a little grating. Can do better with eight more years I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 5, 2006
2005 bottle at gputty’s Friday tasting. Clear, dirty copper pour. Tan head. Nose is caramel and some spiciness, plus the slightest touch of mint. Lively, vinous mouthfeel, with flavors of caramel, toffee and an underlying spiciness. Lovely BSA!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Thanks goes out to gputty for sharing this brew. Poured from a bottle a dark reddish brown with good tan head. Aroma was spicy with some sweet caramel coming through, it was a little vinous with an ever so slight alcohol aroma. A Damm good smelling brew. Flavor had strong caramel malts some dark fruits came out and it had a very good alcohol finish (not too strong). An excellant brew and would be honored to drink more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
From bottle. pours a dark brown with hints of red. Tan head. Nose is spicy, with dark fruits and coffee. Flavor has some apple, pear, more dark fruits and a hint of sour. Great finish with just a hint of alcohol. Very complex and rewarding drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle (2004): Hazy ruby with a lasting light brown head. Huge port wine, caramel, toffee, biscuit, raisin and prune aroma. Soft, tingly medium-full bodied. Sweet caramel. Warming port wine. Nice rainsins and chocolate. Really refined, tasty and just plain good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WhiteSoxFan (152) - USA - FEB 27, 2006
2000 Vintage. Very complex brew with a lot going on. Dark, murky brown color, not much head, medium carbonation. Very nice aroma with a lot of spices going on. Similar flavor: different spices, fruit, malt. Got a little more interesting as it warmed up a bit. A nice treat that I would definitely try again. I dumped a ton of yeast in my glass on the second pour. Most of it didn’t settle out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 Vintage 2000

Light-hazed copper/mahogany with a thin, off-white film. Aromas of a thin barleywine, malted and grape-ish with an alcoholic tilt. Full bodied with a dry finish, it’s flavor held brandy, dark fruits and homemade wine. A little rough with light sugars but a harsh burn.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lunkie (1400) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
Frit malt aroma with hops. Clear brown colour with thick foamy head and excellent lacing. Smooth thick fruity flavour with chocolate malt. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 2006 Vintage: Pours old world, murky brown with a tall, tan colored semi creamy froth. Aroma is sweet cherry pie and malted earth. Full nectar with ample residual effers. Flavors are slightly sweet with a pronounced cherry fruit character. Big and malty with other flavors of wood, hay, and stone fruit. The finish is long. Not a ballanced brew but the alcohol is discreetly well hidded. Highly recommended.************************* 2005 Vintage: Pours dark charcoal brown, opaque. Nose of dark roasted malt. Medium head when poured w/ medium hangtime. Mellow flavors of cocoa, coffee, caramel, and on the sweet side. She want’s to go Soy but the sweet cloth covers rapidly. Wooded notes w/ slight alcohol on the long finish. A complex brew indeed. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
"Poured a cloudy brown with red edges, almost not head and didn’t lace at all. Aroma was of apples caramel malts chocolate. Taste was of a spice, mabye cinnamon sweet malts. Light carbonation. Good solid beer."

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