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


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RATINGS: 1741   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   IBU: 15   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 Classic. The 75cl bottles are closed with a quality cork. Excellent to store several years. This exceptional ale ages well, developing a refined complexity and intense aromas. With powerful notes of roasted malts, caramel and plums, its surprisingly soft and fruity aroma combines a warm roundness with a refreshing taste. An imperial brew to cherish and enjoy in moderation.
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 3, 2007
2006 750ml. This beer looks simply amazing, right off the bat. Deep brown at first but a strong red / mahogany in the light. The taste is in yo’ face, strong alcohol balanced w/ sugar & deep,dark, & fruity flavors. The yeast & all its flavors are there but easy, sleazy eazy. A must buy!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2007
[Sampled at DØE-festival, Valby, 2007 with svoger AT THE LAWN.]
Taste it vintage and you are in heaven. Lots of dried fruits, alcohol, bombed with ingredients, warming, yeast, licorice and yeast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jalichio999 (502) - BRAZIL - AUG 3, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2008 Sagra 2006. Coloração escura, avermelhada, com um creme bege denso e persistente. Complexa. Consistência cremosa e aveludada. Notas de torrefação, café, floral, licor e frutas vermelhas. Carbonatação média, no ponto. Álcool muito bem inserido. Fantástica!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUL 27, 2007
Vintage 2006. 750 ml bottle. Okay, so I probably shouldn’t have had this with Thai food. I thought it would provide a fruity sweet balance to my spicy meal. Did I burn my taste buds? Was I lost in a flood of robust flavor and spice from the dish? Yes. I was. So I stopped drinking the beer, had some water, and finished my meal. 750 ml is a lot beer so I had a good amount left for a fair tasting. Upon pouring the head suprised me. At first nothing. Hmmm. Then, from the depths, like a great beast surfacing for the kill...here came the head. Tan and full and quite yummy looking. Then it went away. Aroma is is like bread pudding. Rich bread pudding. Flavor is of the darker fruits with sugar and alcohol. Robust and rich. This beer is a chewer. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2007
750ml bottle. 2005. Aroma: Very rich. Bread dough, molasses, raisins and plums. Some light spice as it warms. Appearance: Deep brown in color with mahogany highlights. Head was medium khaki in color, full and creamy. Great retention and lacing. Flavor: Rich maltiness with notes of bread dough, caramel and molasses, vanilla, dried cherries and raisins. Some light smoke and spice. Alcohol is soft and pleasant. Medium dry finish. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Exceptional. Well crafted and packed with flavor, but never a chore to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeZasada (314) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2007
very aromatic when you open the bottle! malty, but sweet, like caramel with some fruitiness. Perfect head on the beer, great flavour! You don’t even notice the 11% ABV....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Pours a nice tan rocky head and exudes a caramel and dark raisin, plum aroma. Great aroma, but I get a little carbonation up my nose when I inhale too deeply. Actually, tonight, i have found that problem in all of the large brews; whether that means that the beers should be aged much longer and allowed to lose some modicum of carbonation, or whether that is how they are supposed to be drunk, I am not sure. I do know that it slightly detracts from the beer. Otherwise, I think this is a super-sweet, fruity, not overly complex, but good beer. Very palatable and decent. I am glad I tried it, but this would be something I would age for about 10 years to get some of that oxidized flavor and hope that the sweetness levels out into more balance. Next to westy 12, 8, Bernardus 12 and the 60th anniv. Bernardus, this is above average for the style, but pales in comparison. Not a fair rating in terms of what it is drunk next to, but overall I believe this to be a fair interpretation of a decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2007
750 mL bottle. 2006 Vintage.
Pours a dark ruby reddish-brown with a light brown head. Aromas of caramelized raisins, cherries, licorice, and alcohol. A lot of the same flavors with a touch of smoke and heavier on the cherry. Full body with lots of carbonaton. Semi sweet finish. This is pretty damn yummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 23, 2007
750 mL bottle. Hazy chestnut brown with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel, malt, fruity notes including banana and Belgian yeast. Rich thick creamy palate. Initial taste of over-ripe green apple transitioning to a caramel flavor and finishing with a very pleasant vanilla taste. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
uhre (384) - DENMARK - JUL 13, 2007
The bottle was two years old. It had an aroma of figs, but also a sweetness and alcohol. In the flavor there is figs, alcohol, malt and some other fruit. It’s nice and creamy.

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