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


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RATINGS: 1634   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Winter   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. 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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3063) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2006
Pours hazy red/brown with grey/green lines. Vineous, dried fruit aroma with alcohol. Wet soil and cellar. Apricots and raisins, allmond and fudge. Ripe cherries. Stale sweet flavour, ripe bananas, with dried dark fruits and raisin. Allmond paste. Small chocolate hints.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2006
2005 bottle. Deep amber. banana, raisins, dates,roasted hops, brown sugar. Very chewy--like a tricked out sugar daddy. Unique and yummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintocb (648) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Sweet fruit, cherrys, dates, bananas in the nose. Banana bread and some kind of raisiny taste. Ever so slightly tart. Feels thick on the tongue. Lovely finish. Lots of esters and warm alcohol. Wow....great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thesober (9) - Tølløse, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2006 does not count
bottled 2005 with VOL 11%. Color is very dark brown. The pour is leaving a nice thick head tht lst long with a nice taste The beer have a very complex taste but the dominant tastes are raisins, and plum. Very sweet tasting beer that i would like to have by it self and not along with 10 other beers in a tasting session

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Semi-translucent and honey chestnut in color with a thick, oily film on top. Fried bananas with cocoa nibs capture the nose, shortly followed thereafter by cinnamon, nutmeg, golden figs, banana butter and crusty, brown sugared crème brulee. Full-flavored cocoa-covered banana chips ring favorably with melting ginger and peppered maple nougats. Warming, toasted pumpernickel is enhanced with beaucoup spicing. Glossy and oily mouth feel with a dry, earthen ash complex to mix the spicing up a bit. Chewy cocoa bread, ginger, nutmeg and melting bananas hug the back of the tongue. Gummy sweetness and a dry, hot recess become more prominent the further we go. Pepper jives with plum butter and prunes take a bath in hot caramel for the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grovlam (4167) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2006
This tasting second big surprise. Bottled 2005 (11%), color was very mahogany and dark. Head was impressive creamy like and long lasting. Complexity is amazing, but predominant notes are raisin, date’s, fig with some licorice and maybe even coffee and Tobago notes. Flavor is full sweet with light bitter notes. Finish is surprisingly short, but still this was for me a great encounter. Love to re-taste this beer. Would like to try and cellar this beer for some years to see the difference and how it would evolve into something even grater if that is possible..... :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Vintage 05 Dark mahogany pour small tan head nice lacing. Aroma has a belgian yeast lightly spiced w/ black pepper & corriandersome raisen & plum sweet carmels & light alcohol. Palate is well coated and lightly creamy. Flavor is very sweet carmels and lots and lots of plums a light alcohol in the finish. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (3076) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Fruity beer extreme. initial aroma is alcohol and strong fruits: dates, prunes, mild nuts. taste is very jammy with minimal hop content. Though high in AC it offers a smooth flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 The aroma has brown sugar, soy sauce, yeast, and dark fruit (plums, raisins, and dates). The appearance is dark purple brown with a medium foamy head. The flavor is strong with lots of alcohol and all the elements from the aroma. The palate is chewy and the finish is sweet and chewy like a fruit cake. Overall it’s well made and has one of the best aftertastes of any beer but I still don’t love it 100%.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
dwyerpg (4904) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 These guys must use something that makes their beers smell a little funny, because this beer smells bad like the Noel. The flavor seems more malty than hoppy. Wasn’t a fan. Had again and once again rated it poorly. A 2.5 the second time.

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