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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2533) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Wow!! nose of banana, cherries, anis, and vanilla in the bottle. pours clear with light head, some lingering lace. nose in the glass also yields yeast, caramel, other citrus - very aromatic! nice body, sweet but not overly. only cloying suggestions of the 11% juiice. hints of dark fruit. This is a 2006 bottle. Brought it back from Brussels with me

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2007
2005 vintage. Pours a fairly clear burgundy-brown with ruby red highlights. Creates a beige thick, rocky head which maintains a thin covering throughout the glass. Lots of sticky web-like lacing as snifter drains. Incredibly rich, intense aromas of brandy-soaked dried dark friuts, plums, cherries, brown sugar, bubblegum and oak all amped up by a big alcohol punch. Mouthfeel is well balanced; smooth, full and silky with a pleasant spritzy carbonation. Big and round for a 10%’er. Flavors very similar to the nose. Head spiningly sweet intense notes of brandy soaked black cherries, raisins, figs, caramel and plums. Just a hint of anise, wood and spice in the background. The 10% abv comes to the rescue here with a faint hop presence to prevent this superb Belgian from becoming too cloyingly sweet. In the final analysis a rich, pleasing, complex and very warming slow sipper to be enjoyed on a cool winter night.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2007
I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. Let me rephrase....I wish I’d known what I was getting myself in to when I received this ale from Brando as a "holiday" gift. This Belgian Ale was a huge jump for me from the likes of Stella Artois or Chimay, neither of which should be compared to this beer of Belgian beers. The nose is sweet and reeks of plum, apple and impending dryness. Interesting, to say the least. The first couple sips were overbearing, to say the least. Once I adjusted, strong flavors of plum remained, but carrying along flavors of mollasses and brown sugar. Maybe some dark cherry? Wallop! The bannana deScription comes up short for moi, but coriander and a spicey, dry finish wrap this belgian so nicely for me. Definitely have a couple in the cellar for a couple of years. BIG thanks to bigsilky for this great CHRISTMAS gift. Your anti-’merican comments at the bar certainly don’t detract from your beer knowledge.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ekstedt (6085) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 Vintage 2006. Ruby brown, clear, with a white creamy head. Mellow aroma with some roasted tones and raisins. Very smooth in the mouth. Sweet flavor that mixes well with notes of dried fruit, raisins, plums and toffee, all carried up by alcohol warmth. Very nice, at least in small quantities (shared the bottle with two others).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2007
The 25.4 ounce amber bottle poured a beautiful, crystal clear garnet beverage with a creamy ample off white head that was entirely lasting and left beautiful lacing on the glass. The aromas sweet and candy like. There was bubble gum and cotton candy first with an earthy undertone. The body was full with a soft carbonation and a wonderful creamy texture on the palate. The flavor starts off quite sweet and stays that way throughout the long warming finish. It was like sipping a wonderful glass of sweet brandy. WOW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2007
nice nose that is sweet yet tart. good appearance is dark reddish brown. flavor makes me wish i had let this one age for awhile. flavor is of sweet plums and raisons, overall too sweet to reveal any complexities. i imagine this would be impressive in a year or two.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a ruddy brown, with nice ruby tones when held up to the light. Scant head of cream colored foam. The ring around the glass leaves decent lacing. Fruity aroma - with lots of plum and some cherry. And brown sugar. And molasses. The taste is similar to the aroma - very fruity - again with mostly plum. I also taste a tart cranberry flavor. Then the maltiness is like a Christmastime goodie - something like rum-soaked sweetbread. Mild molasses and something like raisin in the finish. Medium bodied, deceptive alcohol content. A phenominal beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grease (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 13, 2007
2006. Rich, warm aroma of mild hazelnut, clove, chocolate, and some alcohol. Flavor very similar, but with some toasted caramel and a bit more nuttiness. Alcohol warmth in the finish lingers in the back of the throat and into the belly. The mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy. This is a really great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Hmmm...I thought I’d rated this before, guess not. 2002 bottle. First impression even before the color is that I can smell a bit of vinegar from the aroma....Lots of strong alcohol in the aroma(subdued in the taste) yeast and dark fruits. Flavor is pretty mellow but reveals a very nice gradual sweetness of burnt banana. The initial aroma/taste of vinegar threw me off, but the sweet goodness comes through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 2005. Pours a deep brown, quite cloudy. Aroma is very strong, fruity, liquor, alcohol, yeast. Flavor is less boozy than the aroma, which is good. Chocolaty, fruity, yeasty, it’s a big Belgian beer and it’s good. I had it the other day, so I’m going off memory but these are the numbers I decided on when I drank it.

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