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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1602   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pineybob (16) - MYSTIC ISLANDS, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Just got a case of the 2006 version. What a terrific brew. All manner of yummy flavors, Chocolate and cherries being dominant. Nice head and lacing. This is one of my favorites of all time. Ammended to add. This one of the very best beers in the world. It ages nicely too. I saw another case and I’m half tempted to get one. The complexity is beyong compare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2006
2005 vintage. Poured a really nice mahogany/red with a large head. Scents of cherries, chocolate and red wine, with similar tastes. Full body, with nice bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5965) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Bottle. Big sugary body. Brown sugar. Dark brown with a reddish tint. Sweet almost like milk after the Lucky Charms are all gone. Raisin, apple bake. Great dessert in a glass. << Rerated from draft at Taphouse/Queensway ... murky and muddy brown with a milky creamy head. Not a whole lot of aroma, but it delivers a powerful punch of warming alcohol, rich dark fruit and cooked sugar. >>

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2006
750ml corked and caged from 2004. Pours a very hazy brown, very thin tan head that fades away quick. Teensy spots of lacing. Aroma has alot of alcohol. Vinous notes, cream sherry and black ripe fruit. Sweet spice, clove and ginger. Taste is very sweet. Candy sugar and black fruit, spiced raisins and cream sherry. Orange zest and coriander. Lots of flavors jockeying for position but somehow they all mesh wonderfully. Mouth is rich and sticky yet wonderfully smooth. A bit sweet but a nice sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 2005 Bottle from Utobeer (rated 04.07.05). Creamy off white head, dark orange/caramel in color with little carbonation. Strongish smell of alcohol and brown sugar/raisins. First taste reveals little else than a quick tart punch, which is followed by a variety of dark fruits, bread and maple syrup - a potentially nasty dessert that works wonders. A strong, long aftertaste means I only entertain my mouth with this sweet juice in small doses spread apart. It slowly creeps to your belly with a great deal of warmth. Perfect nightcap or after a meal with dessert. Not your everyday beer - special occasions strictly. All hail Het Anker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Bottle - 2000. Poured a dark purplish/reddish color with a thin tan head. Head vanished quickly but left decent lacing. Aroma is notes of alcohol, butterscotch, apple, sweet smell. Flavor is caramel, dark fruits, syrupy taste. Extremely complex beer. A excellent beer to be enjoyed over a long period of time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3208) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
Brown bottle, 750 ml, 2005 vintage; eye: reddish brown with burgundy reflections, nice compact beige head that reminds of cappuccino cream, really nice effervescence similar to small champagne bubbles, lacing; nose: madera, vinous, tobacco, dark small berries, vanilla, caramel, spices, coriander, pepper; mouth: caramel, malt, butterscotch, dark small berrie, finale all in butterscotch with a hint of pepper (alcohol), quite sweet, really light bitterness, medium body, creamy texture, not much carbonation; overall: really good but a bit disappointing when compared to its nose FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 750 ml, 2205; oeil : brun rouge avec des reflets bourgognes, belle mousse beige compacte qui rappelle la mousse de cappuccino, très belle effervescence semblable à de petites bulles de champagne, dentelle; nez : madère, liquoreux, tabac, petits fruits foncés, vanille, caramel, épices, coriandre, poivre; bouche : caramel, malt, butterscotch, petits fruits foncés, finale tout en butterscotch avec une pointe de poivre (alcool), moyennement sucrée, très légère amertume, corps plein, texture crémeuse, peu carbonatée; en résumé : bien bonne mais un peu désappointante par rapport à son nez

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2010 On tap at Brickskeller - refermented in the keg. Did I mention that this was ON TAP?!? This beer is excellent. The flavor is well balanced with malty, fruit (apple and pear), caramel, butterscotch, etc. It’s complex but very enjoyable. I have a 2004 and 2005 in my cellar waiting to be opened in a few more years. Opened the 2004 on April 29, 2010. It’s a caramel banana sugar bomb

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2662) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Thanks to Will Blake for this one at the HW open house. Pours out a nice dark brown with a reddish hue. Aroma is of dried fruit and some yeast. The taste is very complex with notes of chocolate malts sherry and some notes of alcohol. Dried fruits come through as it finishes. Great beer. Very solid

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svesse (6735) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2006
(Bottled, 2005 vintage) Colour is dark amber, almost mahogany, with ruby notes. Firm, foamy pale brown head, leaving lots of lacing. Slightly hazy. Nose is malty and sweet, with dried fruit (raisins, prunes), chocolate and brown sugar ... or rather burnt sugar, wineous. Taste is malty, sweetish, with notes of dried fruit (figs, prunes), berries (blackberries, dark cherries), chocolate and sugar-candy. Not as sweet as suspected, but more sweet than dry. The alcohol is obviously evident, but not disturbing, it just lurks in the background (to smash you in the head at the end). The same goes for the yeast. Full bodied, but smooth and velvety, wonderfully balanced. Absolutely lovey, a true masterpiece!

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