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


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RATINGS: 1632   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle. Dark brownish colour with a decent head. Aroma and taste of malts, fruits and spices. Good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11552) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2006
2004. Dark brown with no head. Very powerful aroma with low carbonation. Quite vinious with complex spicyness. Good full feel from raisins and plums.

   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 (6428) - 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 (3968) - - 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 (1901) - 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.

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