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

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RATINGS: 1722   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 3, 2007
my corked and caged bottle set me back $9.48 at my local North Coast Coop. Poured a dark red to brown with a moderate tan head that left really sticky lacing as it settled. This was the 2006 version and checked in at 10% ABV. Nose is very fruity, with banana first, but in the background is a very complex set of odors with plums, raisins, and citrus. Mouthfeel is very full bodied and rich and sweet, and flavors are molasses, fruit, and chocolate malts. Finish is sweet. Very unique strong ale,and I guess I will have to go back and get some more and let it age some more. I plan to open a bottle every February 24th.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JUN 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2009 2006 vintage, 750ml bottle. Pours a very dark chestnut, with some red tinged highlights. The head peaks around one finger, and fades very slowly to a thick frothy cap. The lacing almost completely coats the interior of the glass. Smell; tons of dark fruits with plums, dates, raisins and surprisingly a hint of oranges. There’s also a solid malt presence with toffee, brown sugar, with a little bit of bread dough. Add in a little bit of an alcohol presence, and this reminds me a little bit of my grandmothers fruit cake. Very nice. Taste; very fruity up front with dates, plums, raisins and as with the nose there’s a little bit of citrus in there as well. Toffee, brown sugar and molasses give this a very sweet almost sugary profile, and has a significant alcohol presence. This is very good, but would be even better if it were not quite so sweet. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a very smooth almost creamy carbonation. The drinkability is pretty good, put is hurt a little by the alcohol and sugary sweetness.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Pours a mahogany color. The nose is a mix of wine, prunes, some brown sugar and spice, and dark chocolate. The taste is a nice blend of sweet plum, chocolate, raisin, alcohol, and maybe some vanilla. I’ll have to buy a couple more to put in the cellar for a year or two.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 30, 2007
Minimal light head upon pour into my snifter. Scent of raisins, plums, pears and dark syrup. Malty and syrupy, sweet and complex. Alcohol is right there with the hops at the finish, but I love an alcohol presence almost as much as a hoppy presence. This beer is a heavy one, but superb.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Pours a dark heavy brown with a slight tan head. Has some lacing. Hints of candied sugar, dark fruit, oak. Alcohol is not masked very well. Finishes with a strong alcohol taste on the tongue. Thanks to the girls at knightly for this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Thanx to the guys from Knightly sharing this with us. A typical great Belgium.Pours dark with lots of dark fruit on the nose and also the taste.Finish was warming and sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2007
2006 Bottle. Big fruity aroma of fig, pumpkin, and malt. Very sweet with a fig and candied cherry front. Very thick mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Aroma is pure bubblegum and caramel apple. Flavor follows through with rich toffee. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2007
2006 Bottle @ my brothers (Vac) & Abby’s (zug4abby) house warming party. Pours brown with a nice tan head. Fruity aroma backed with an assortment of malts. The flavor is stick sweet with fruits and chocolate. Medium body and nice & smooth!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 05 bottle. thanks mgumby or solan, i think one of you brought this? if it was someone else thanks to you also! Licorice and anise on the nose, with some dark sugar. Pours dark brown. Smooth chocolate malt flavor! There was some hints of anise in the background and a


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