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


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RATINGS: 1541   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2006
2000 vintage, over six years old. Poured a reddish brown dark amber color with a thin quick leaving light brown head. Aroma of grapes, raisins, malt, port, and slight sourness. Flavor was port like also with a little malty bitterness. The body was a little light and had very small carbonation bubbles that tantalized the toungue. There was just way to much sediment that I could not get away from. Solid, but I still want to try a more recent one to see what it tastes like unaged. This rating could go up in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - APR 17, 2006
2005 bottle. Very controlled sweetness in the taste. Molasses, vanilla, mild winter spicing (cinnamon, nutmeg), some fruit. Aroma is very mild and minimal and there is not much depth, though what is there is pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2006
Vintage 2000 poured a slight mirky brown with a fluffy off white head. I noticed a ton of particulate. Aroma was raisin with dark fruit and some alcohol heat in there. Flavor was bursting with apple, plum and chocloate..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 11, 2006
Deep reddish brown colour, with an average off white head. Full aroma, spicy, toffee, light roasted, very malty, with some alcoholic-yeasty hints. Full body, creamy texture, Finish is rather strong, spicy, alcoholic ending dry. THis is the top.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2006
Robe rouge très claire surmontée d’une mousse beige mince. Arômes de cerise, de sirop d’érable et de malt caramélisé. Saveurs de cerise, de sirop d’érable, de vanille et de caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2006
2000 vintage, enjoyed on 4/6/06: Pours a medium brown with a reddish tint. Small, tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is toffee, candi sugar, figs and cinnamon. Flavor is semi sweet, candi sugar, dark fruits, bananas, light spice at the end. Mouthfeel is incredibly soft and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14045) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 5, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2006 Dark unclear brown with white head. (2005 edition) very complex in sweetness and spices. Dark fruits and alcohol. Great aroma and Long lasting finish Little carbonation. Top dollar!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2006
2005 vintage. Deep red to burgandy color, with an amazing head. Bursts, literally bursts, with fruity tones. Is it plums? Is it raisin? Is it . . . well, what is it? Whatever it is, it’s rich and dark and fruity and creamy. Wowza! I can only imagine how good this could be if I had the patience to age this for a while. Quality sacrificed at the altar of quantity. Outrageous, I tell you, outrageous. Currently playing: Schubert piano sonata D. 958. Too bad everything can’t be on the level of Beethoven piano concerto Op. 58. This truly is amongst the finest Belgians I’ve had (although it’s been a while since I’ve had the Rochefort 10, this one reminds me most of that based on my admittedly hazy-beery memory), worthy of der Keizer indeed. To think, for only $9.99 a bottle, we can "dine" alongside der Keizer himzelf. (Are we worthy? Only Der Arrogant Vun vouldt let us know fur zure. By ze vay, zis is bier zat ze Arrogunt Vun vould bru iff he didt ze Belgundtz.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1404) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2006
2005 The only thing this beer is lacking when it comes to looks is the lacing. Sleek and viscous, it hides the carbonation it holds for the taster. Aromas are sweet caramel malts, some oak, and dark plum and prune fruit. Taste is complex, if sweet up front and alcoholic on the finish. Would take aging well. Tangy and long on the palate, without being sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
On opening the aroma was actually rather unattractive with a slightly musky smell mixed with loose citrus and toffee. On pouring I was presented with a deep sienna colored body with a 1 1/2 inch head that leveled to a nice permanent lace. The taste is slighly walnut with deep belgium chocolate and anise tart. The mouth feel is perfect, the corect mix of bubbles and silk. Overall an extremely drinkable beer that I highly recommend.

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