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


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RATINGS: 1611   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6552) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2006
750 of the ’03, courtesy AbusedGoat--thanks! Great stuff. Very sweet. Pours deep ebony/mahogany with a towering, surging, moussy, bubbly tan head. Real fireworks show of suds. Falls to sticky lace and a film pretty quickly. Big tart cherry/plum.green apple nose. GF noticed coffee first thing on the nose; she’s not wrong. Coffee, chocolate, and caramel across the mid-palate, accompanied by all the other bits from the nose, giving way to a dark fruit finish. The hops are there but fairly subdued; the deep fruit notes linger and linger and linger and that’s your finish. Big, rich, creamy body with light carb, but miraculously, not sticky or cloying. Booze is well-hidden, at least after 3 years of cellaring. This is a spectacular beer and worth repeated cellarings and tastings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fonefan (38082) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle. Vintage 2001. Dark brown color with almost no head. Malty and sweet with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and alcohol. Very rich in flavour. Vintage 2002. Dark brown color with almost no head. Malty and sweet with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and alcohol. Very rich in flavour just a little younger in the tast. 2005 Same as 2002 but no as strong and mature. Gets very good when you can keep it in your celler.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Wow! Pours a mahogany brown but settles in the glass a blurry black with a dark cherry glow. Immense capping of orangey tinted ivory foam thats very smooth, thick, and fluffy. Sits without moving as it barely reduces itself to take on a thicker, cake batter appearance as the fluffyness dissolves into the foam. Lacing coats the glass in thick moth-holed sheeting all the while that cap hardly diminishes. Aroma is of old, soggy, sugared banana bread thats dark, deep, and dull with slight plum, raisin, fig, and molasses soaking within the deepness. Quite deceptive on the nose as it seems to build while it sits and gets fairly deep and complexly so in that deepness. Nice little noting of spicy orange zest, cinnamon, and cardamom is evident as well. Oh, my what incredible soaking smoothness and softness this stuff creates as it floats across the palate with amazing ease. Mild, dull flavors of dark fruit bread sink in with raisin, plum, dry fig, molasses, and soft citrusy orange notes that tender up a warming sense of spicyness with cardamom, cooked sugar, and raisin skins making for a lengthy finish. Middle has a creamy center of caramel, banana, and dark sugary sweetness. Its ever changing in its profile, sometimes more warming and spicy, other times, super tender and malty with dark dull sugary stuff. Wonderful play on the palate and on the mind. Feel is perfect. Soft, supple, giving, full, smooth, warming, sweet, a little bit spicy, and a whole lot of yum! Amazingly soft texture of sugared bread thats soaked in dark fruityness. There’s even a slight hoppy, vitamin coated, citrus bittering that comes across within certain sips thats very intriguing. The smoothness is incredible; top notch. The warmth will catch ya every time, nearly every sip in fact, which slows it down for enormously fine, big, sippage. Damn fine stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2006
2005 bottle, which is 10%. Dark brown w/some ruby tints in it. Has a thin tight white head to it. Aroma has a sweet yeastiness to it, with some plum and brown sugar smells as well. Taste has some spice and pit fruit tastes. The finish has a nice mild sourness to it and a little heat from the alcohol, but it’s subtle. I’ll be getting a few more of these to put away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2006
Bottle, 2006 vintage. Deep amber/red. Thin head. Powerful aroma, notes of banana and dates. Taste is sweet, malt-fruity and palate is really rich and sweet. Perhaps sampled a bit young but really good nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown coloured with a huge brown head. Malty and sweet with notes of dark fruit, chocolate andcaramel. Very rich in flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2006
2006 bottle from John (jjpm74) Thanks! So ive wanted to try this for a while and John was able to help me out! Pours out a dark brown color with a thick white head on it. Smell is dark fruits, yeast, some malty flavors, little bit of a hop presence. Taste is a little thiner than I thought it was gonna be. Sweet and rich, but just a little bit thin on palate. Perhaps this one is too young? It seems like it should become a little denser with age. Thanks for the bottle, it was enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2006 Sweet molasses aroma; pours a nice dark brown color, with an ample coffee-colored head. Complex flavors of candi sugar, dark fruits, caramel and a bit of alcohol warmth. So drinkable, the malty sweetness develops nicely as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Bottle from 2005. This gem was suggested to me by the friendly staff at Bauer Wine and Spirits in Boston, MA. I was also given a complimentary matching glass! Caramel-colored. Sweet, malty, almost somewhat metallic aroma... hints of the yeast, caramelized/candy sugars, dried dark fruits. The flavors were an intense explosion of malt, caramel, dark candy sugar, dried fruits (dates, figs, raisins), cocoa, alcohol. The alcohol isn’t immediately obvious in the flavor profile, but comes through in the finish and produces a pleasant warming effect. A great, great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2006
First impression is that this is way to sweet for me. I hate giving a bad review to a beer of such high calibur but i honestly dont really enjoy this. I can’t get into the thick syrupy sweet flavor of many big belgian beers. I respect this beer, but don’t like it due to personal preference.

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