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


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RATINGS: 1620   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2006
2000. Wow, the aroma is heavy with alcohol and malt. From the aroma, I was a bit concerned. The bottle says 8%. But, I suspect that the 11% is closer to the truth. Very smooth, with a raisin and prune flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de vinaigre balsamique et de petits fruits confits. Apparence: La couleur est brune voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: La couleur est brune voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’alcool chaleureux en arrière gout. (Rating #714)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma of belgian spices, chocolate malt, and alcohol. The flavor is semi smooth, chocolate, fruit, and spices. Good body, great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3934) - - OCT 21, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2008 2006. brown with ruby highlights. medium sized, creamy tan head. malty, caramel aroma. licorice, chocolate, and caramel in flavor. hints of alcohol. very nice. - 8/4/8/4/16 - 10/29/06. --- re-rate--- 2007. a dark brown pour under a small tan head. nice sweet molasses, brown sugar, raisin aroma. flavors of brown sugar, molasses, sugared nuts. very "brown". medium bodied. somewhat sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sdg94610 (2) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 19, 2006 does not count
Wow. My first taste caused my ponytail to shudder. Fabulous. Like high thread-count sheets on my tongue. Fabulous aroma of plums, flavor of raisens, maybe celery. No head, slight belgian lace. My only regret is that I drank my 2006 bottle. I must buy several more to lay down with. 10% abv but not noticible (yet).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Near black pour, slim head. Aromas of prunes and orances. Very sweet and carbonated. Flavors of raisins, prunes, ripe plums and citrus fight with sweet molasses/toffee malt, port wine and cola. Mouth feel is thick and tongue-coating, while a tad too fizzy for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2006
750ml - 2005 vintage - Aroma of bready yeast, alcohol, cherry, candi sugar, dark berries, cocoa and a touch of bubblegum. Pours brown-red with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is sweet dark fruit (cherries and plums), creamy chocolate malts with a nice bread dough bubblegum yeastiness. Palate is creamy and smooth. Nice full mouthfeel. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Stefano (1898) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2012 Pours a medium, beige, frothy head with a cloudy, muddy-water coloured body. The nose is filled with figs, brown sugar and oak barrel. Taste is sweet malty, bready, liquorice flavor and bitterness. Full body, creamy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19148) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2006
Bottle. Vintage 2006. Clear brown colour with a tan head. Sweet malty alcohol aroma with some caramel hints and hints of dark fruits. Sweet malty flavor with hints of caramel an dark fruits. Malty finish with some hints of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6641) - 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.

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