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


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RATINGS: 1527   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
"Poured a cloudy brown with red edges, almost not head and didnt lace at all. Aroma was of apples caramel malts chocolate. Taste was of a spice, mabye cinnamon sweet malts. Light carbonation. Good solid beer."

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2006
2004:a really expensive gift from MA : Took ages to get off the damn cork .pop. pours the brown of the browns. medium pooling of head.great lacing. Choc, caramel apple, raisens, etc in Smell...sip...what a mighty complex beer! lots of flavours from choc to tar to sherry and prunes. woah! Has a very enjoyable everchanging aftertaste! a serious take no prisoners brew, but quite drinkable at the same time, if you sip it. I think if a Port company decided to start making a port-beer, they would use this brew as a control. an amazing beer that I would love to taste aged for a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - FEB 10, 2006
Had the 2000. The aroma is a complex mixture of caramel malt, dark fruit, spices, and a peppery quality. The color is a deep copperish brown with a fizzy tan head. The head disapears immediately. Initially there is a malty sweetness that quickly gives way to a dominate spiceness coupled with a hint of dark fruit. At the finish there is warming alcohol feeling. Overall a pleasent drink with low carbonation and a complex array of aromas and flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - FEB 6, 2006
750 mL bottle from summer SS. 2004 vintage. My first thought of this one was Godiva chocolate liqueur. Lots of milk chocolate and alcohol (bourbon) in the nose and the flavor. Vinous and chocolate in the nose with maybe a little dark fruit (cherry and fig) and a little bit of toffee and licorice. Very syrupy mouthfeel. Very astringent mouthfeel. Very sweet mouthfeel. Too sweet. Too astringent. As it warms, theres a small puff of smoke and a little roastiness, but its quickly beaten into submission by the chocolate. For now, its decent, but Id like to pick up another and let it sit for 5+ years to see what happens.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle 2004, and Draught @ The Moan & Dove, Amherst MA: The draught of this is vintage 2004 as well and is oh so nice. I have several bottle vintages laying down now. Anyways, I am rating the 11 % version. Deep brownish hue, vinous nose, dates, dried fruit, caramel, earthy dirt nose. Palate is perfect balance of malts and seet fruity flavors, vinous, yeast, floral, excellent body, smooth yeast, alcohol, earthy hops finish. Great brew, put it in my pants and shake me down yall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - FEB 3, 2006
On tap @ SHARP EDGE. This beer has a lot going on...color is a dark brown/red with a smaller than average belgian head. Smells of alcohol and tons of dried fruit (raisins, figs, apricots). Flavor is very sweet from the fruit and there is a bit of syrupy alcohol. Mouthfeel is very full and coating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2006
This review is from notes I took on 12/22/05 at a beer bar in Peoria, IL., at a tasting that was advertised as the last vintage 2004 keg in the United States. I have to admit, also, that I become quite intoxicated that night, a good time was had by one and all. Made a very good appearance, poured into a standard bar chalice a dark copper brown with golden red hues and a tight foamy tan head that reduced to a sticky thin ringed lacing. Had a big, tasty fruity, citrus aroma, ripe dark fruits, grapefruit, spicy hops and a sweet maltiness. Moderate to good carbonation and a smooth full bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. A delicious taste, dry ripe dark fruits, a grapefruit citrusy, a mellow peppery, spicy hops, a sweet alcohol presence in the palate and a dry yeasty, sweet malty finish .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 26, 2006
The bottle I sampled is the 2000 vintage, so this beer has just over 5 years of age on it, and according to the brewery, it can be cellared for much longer. This is a rich, delicious, complex, and flavorful Belgian brown ale, coming in at a hefty 8% abv. Later vintages has increased in abv. It is sedimeted with yeast for a secondary fermentation in the bottle where it continues to condition and develop. I believe I made the correct decision in passing on this beer when I first saw it come out. The few years of age, has really brought out lots of complex flavor development in this beer, that might have been a bit too un-polished if consumed too young. Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor pours to a beautiful, murky, deep caramel to brown color, with a thick and rocky tan head, and a lively carbonation. The nose on this beer is just packed with a multitude of complex aromas. Big aromas of candish sweet malt, caramel, raisin, peppery alcohol, and some spicy aroma of coriander flood the nose. The palate is rich and full with layers of flavors. Caramel, toffee, candi sugar, spice, and fruity esters of raisin, and black currants coat the tongue. Grand Cru of the Emperor finishes with more flavors of sweet malt and fruit up front, then ends with a spicy, peppery alcoholic burn. This is an absolutely delicious Belgian brown ale packed with big aromas and flavors. I really enjoyed this one, and believe this beer would work exceptionally well with a number of dishes, especially rich and chocolatey deserts. For me though, this beer is enjoyed best when consumed alone, so you can really work on this beer, and sip and savor the flavors and aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Spectacular Strong Ale with rich roasted grain base and plum, raisin, and brandy highlights, all on top of a robust hop bitter bite. Very well hidden alcohol, which tends to reveal itself only as a peppery finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Chestnut color with a frothy white head. Rich malty aroma with notes of dark fruits, nuts and maple syrup. Plums, nuts and a touch of roasted barley come through in the flavor, with slight notes of pear and cocoa as well. Excellent Belgian Strong.

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