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


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RATINGS: 1647   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 2, 2007
In the bomber bottle from Beertopia. Thanks Mike D! Pours a mahogany reddish brown with a medium, rapidly thinning, but durable dark beige head. Very fruity aroma of raisins and dates and plums, but has a bit of something else- oak perhaps? Then the flavor confirms the oaky taste. A big up front sweetness followed by a mild hop bitterness that leaves an oaky aftertaste as though you are sucking on a fine piece of furniture. The alcohol is a wee bit out of balance, but at such a big heat, it would be hard to hide.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 sampled at blind "Better Know a Style: Belgian Strong Ale" tasting 07. the last of the tasting and what a stinker. perhaps a bad bottle. poured mahogony with little head. looked great. nose was very sweaty yeast, banana, perfume, and alcohol. the sweat/b.o. notes were awful and dominant. flavor was very banana syrupy and gross. i could take more than 4 sips. finish had lots of alcohol. must be a bad bottle. i’ll have to re-rate this someday.2.1.

2/23/08, 2000 vintage (8 years old), this is really past its prime now, watery, oxidized, and poor mouth feel and body. 8 years is far too long. 2.4.

3/12/08, 2006 vintage (2 years old), I was planning on trying this at exactly its 2 year birth day but things happen, oh well, a few weeks extra didn’t hurt this one...pours hazy brown with biege creamy head. a wonderful port wine and rum raisins aroma. alcohol in noticed too. flavor is very port wine and raisiny. alcohol adds complexity. med body, alc warmth, very smooth carbonation. for its strength this goes down easy. reminds me of their noel a lot. now i need a good rating of a fresh bottle to really see how age has improved this. 4.1.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sregnar35 (1028) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
06 bottle. Pours mirky brown with a big bubbled head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy. Flavor is roasty caramel and sweet and sour fruit, very dtrong and flavorful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
This is a grand beer. Dark brown with a towering head, Aroma is spicey, malty with a light oakness. Flavour is awesome with such a delicated balance of abv, sugar and spice. I could drink this all night long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2007
Bottled in 2004, drank 2006. Sublime. Do I have to say more? I tried to make notes as I went, but it all started off with "wow!" as I raised the glass to my lips, and finished off an hour later with a contented sigh - not so much a cat that had got the cream, but one that had inherited a dairy and now bathed in its glorious full-fatness 24/7.

Perhaps one of the finest beer-drinking hours of my life. Just me, the Keizer and warm thoughts. Wonderful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2007
Tasting of 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 vintages. 2000 and 2002 had cellar taste. 2001 was better, but a lot of esters with taste of strawberries. 2004 was the best of the lot (rating based on this one), with some sourness and alcohol warmth. 2005 was disappointing, disharmonious and the home brew esters was back. 2006 like 2004, but not as smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
TheDog (581) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 This brew´s way much too heavy for me. The taste of alcohol being too dominating for my tasting. I can´t taste the full bodied beer and any other ingredients. But great appearance and nice head. I rate this as a (for me) thumbs down, abbey ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 2005 750ml bottle. I remember trying this beer back as a youngster. I still cant describe it the way i wish i could. Pours out dark brown with a good head to it that is tan with sediments ontop, and at the bottom. Smell is woody with hints of citrousy apples, rasberries and sugar fructose. The taste is a bit oxidized with hints of cinnamon and pines. Good winter brew due to the alcohol taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
2005 Bottle. Aroma of dark fruit, alcohol, and spices. Smooth mouthfeel and a mild flavor of dark fruit and malt. Decent aftertast of cinnamon and dark fruit. Good for the style.

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