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


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RATINGS: 1665   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zymologist (30) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2007
A 2004. Tastes disturbingly like red licorice. Make that the best red licorice I’ve ever tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (6646) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottled(750ml). -Not as good as I thought so, but maybe it has to age a few years to be better. Dark reddish/brown coloured, medium sized beige head, Aroma is malty, fruity (figs, raisins, plums, etc.) and mild yeasty with notes of toffee and caramel. Nice brew but Christmas and Triple are better. 2006 Jaargang

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 2006 Bottle. Pours dark amber-brown, rubyish. light carbonation visible, very short-lived head. Nose is sweet and alcoholic.Very light on the palate, with a bit of carbonation. Taste is balanced alcohol with caramel and banana peel. Lots of other flavors in there, definitely figs. This is a great beer, but looking back, I need to re-rate this for it to be so high up on my list.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2007
Served before the stroke of Midnight on New Years Eve 2006/7. My last beer of 2006 was also arguably my best of the year (and ever). A 2002 vintage corked bottle that I shared with great friends. Poured a slightly hazy chestnut brown with a wispy head. The aroma was quite light, with subtle brandy/caramel notes. It somehow doesn’t do justice to what comes next. A sip reveals a deliciously balanced sweetness of figs, melted brown sugar and nutmeg. The five years in the bottle have softened out any bitterness, imparting a feather-light mouthfeel. This beer was right for so many reasons. It converted a table of non-beer drinkers to the possibilities of great beer, and for me it was the highlight of a great beer year. I’ve got a 2004 vintage bottle in the cellar and will be reserving it for a very special occasion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adrian910ss (2445) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
2004 750 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown caramel color with a thick frosty light brownish beige head. Aroma is full of dark fruits-dates,plums,prunes as well as nutmeg, candied brown yams and banana. Taste is full of the dark fruits mentioned above as well as hints of dough bread,caramelized brown sugar,fresh yeast,nutmeg and candied yams. Nicely carbonated and very tasty. Pleasantly sweet,yet not overdone. Excellent !!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (2212) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2014 Two years old 2004 bottled tasted Christmas Eve 2006. The cork comes out with an explosive pop, and the beer pours beautifully - rich caramel brown with a yellow-tan head and splendid lacing.

The aroma offers rich dark caramel, dried fruit, and some apple, but the flavor is where the heart of this one lies. Rich creme brule sweetness erupts throughout the early flavor profile, mingling deeply with prunes and dates, a hint of rum, yet more rich caramel, spicy into the finish - splendid. At almost three years of age, the flavors had melded together beautifully and deeply, scarcely hoppiness remained, and the mouthfeel was just full and luscious without anything like 11% worth of heat.

I was very impressed and enjoy this one immensely. This is a great choice for a sweet dark belgian strong ale.

Six to seven years old. 2002 sampled Thanksgiving 2009.I didn’t realize this was 3% lower ABV than the 2004 when I had it. While sweet and delicious it didn’t live up to my memories. I thought it was definitely on the downslide, it came off thin and fading. Still the shell of a great beer and maybe given the 3% lower ABV this was not as far past the peak as I first thought.

2006 sampled Thanksgiving 2013 This is listed at 11%. Rich and sweet, dates and spiced rum, lots going on, perfect carbonation, no hint of the alcohol. Delicious. My previous 4.1 seems a good score for this one.

2008 sampled Thanksgiving 2014 As above; delightful. 4.1 seems low if anything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2006
2004 vintage. Poured a hazy dark ruby with a creamy light tan head. Leaves perfectly symmetric lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, cream, raisins, a bit or orange. Flavor is somewhat dry with flavors of brown sugar, raisins, wheat bread, a bit of wood, slowly fading to a slight bit of acidity that comes with a bit of abbrasive carbonation. At first, I thought the acidity might reflect some infection, but upon deeper reflection in the flavor it feels quite intentional, as it works to an equilibrium with the sweetness and the dryness. All in all, everything here is very delicately balanced, and in the end nothing overpowers anything else. A superbly crafted Belgian that reflects some of the greatest the world has to offer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerWeg (1568) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2006
2000 Grand Cru labelling, Courtesy of Denver Dave.Very aromatic - bready and fruity with acidity prevalent. Tastes smoothly sweet with rounded fruit tones and some dry sourness lingering after. Translucent ruddy brown coat and whisp of head. A late-matured BSA that is still showing integral strong character. (400th rating of this, wohoo.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
Bottle. 2000 Vintage. Hazy brown-orange colour with a small white head. The aroma is perfumey, flowery, with plenty of caramel, butterscotch, and a bit of alcohol. Anise flavour, sugar, sarsaparilla, and slight harshness in the finish. Also a bit quick and bready in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2006
750ml bottle 2006 vintage - via my secret santa - Pours dark brown with a large creamy tan head that fades back to about an 8th of an inch but laces the trappist glass in sheets. Aromas of caramel, toffee, prunes, figs, raisins, and light roast. Flavor is prunes, raisins, toffee, caramel, a little black liccorice, and a little oak. Smooth soft silky palate with some lingering fruity sweetness in the finish. Pretty nice brew...

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