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


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RATINGS: 1688   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
2005 Bottle. Aroma of dark fruit, alcohol, and spices. Smooth mouthfeel and a mild flavor of dark fruit and malt. Decent aftertast of cinnamon and dark fruit. Good for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle 2006. Poured a dark, brownish ruby. Not much head. Aroma of dark fruit, spices, brown sugar, alcohol. Flavor was much of the same, dominated by dark fruit. Alcohol present some throat warming.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2010 2006 Bottle. Pours a murky, dark brown-ruby color with a fairly small, off-white, fizzy, yet creamy, head; settles to a small, dense froth which sticks around entirely and leaves lots of wonderful lace. Powerful, inviting, and spicy nose; makes me think of Christmas with a sprucey note to go with yeasty Belgian bread, date, brown sugar, maybe some clove. Flavor was similar with some nice spicing to back brown sugar, caramel, fig, date, banana bread, slight anise; bitterness is low but balancing for this big Belgian. Palate is medium, lively, chewy, and round with noticable alcohol warmth. Finishes mostly sweet and average length with raisin, sweet yeast, and brown sugar. Fairly decent winter-type Belgian with lots of nice spicing and rich malt flavors to back. The last vintage of the beer was a bit warm and thin but this one was neither. Overall, something I would like to try with a few years aging during these winter months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
[129-20061209] 1pt9.4floz (2000). Aroma is full of sweet Christmas spices. Big brown floaties in a big brown body with a little off-white head. Big sweet leathery taste with noticeable alcohol. Medium big body. Nice togetherness but alcohol presence is overly noticeable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Bottle. 2006 version. Pours hazy brown, with a red tint in the light. Small light brown head. Aroma is fantastic, nice and fruity, a little bubble gum and some spice. Taste is caramel, more fruit, figs, bread, grapes. The finish is bready and grapes. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2007
Bottle. 2004-vintage. Hazy brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of caramel and dried fruits especially prunes, with notes of spices, yeast and liquorice. Flavour of dried fruits, liquorice, spices and yeast with notes of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Here it goes big # 100. Poured form a 750 ML bottle that let out a loud pop upon uncorking. Pours a nice burnt brown color with a foamy tan head. Aromas of banana, raisens, fig, toffee, and a good dose of bready belgian yeast esters. The flavor is amazing, with a nice caramel sweetness covering the alcohol and breadiness. The alcohol is present, but not overwhelming, and the finish gives a nice burn. Ok so I have had this a few times before, but since it is my favorite brewery in the world, it had to be my 100th. Wonderful beer from a wonderful brewer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerist (14) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Ruby red around the edges - deep brown in the middle. Rich pillowy head. Nose is dominated by rich, fruity belgian yeastiness and a touch of booze. Thereís also a bit of Flavor is deep, rich, and complex. Bits of dark fruits - plum, rum soaked raisins, etc lead with a fruity, roastiness that follows. A slight malt sweetness is offset by a touch of hot alcohol. Palate is rich, smooth and velvety. Overall an excellent beer - maybe not quite the best quad/BDSA Iíve had, but very, very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2007
THOUGHTS: This was the first perfect beer I ever tasted. The first time I had it was a little over a year ago. This time it was a younger bottle than before, but I still think itís perfect. When itís aged for about two years itís just off the chart. There are dark fruit aromas and flavors, along with chocolate vanilla and caramel. It just keeps getting better the warmer it gets. I love this beer, especially around the holidays. It goes down easy for such a high ABV and such rich flavors. TECHNICAL: 2006 bottle. Poured a clear, dark red or black cherry color with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing. The aroma was moderate caramel and chocolate malt. With gratpe, raisin, plum, prune, date, apple, cherry, vanilla and light alcohol. The initial flavor was moderate sweentness, while the finish was heavy sweetness and sour fruit with a short duration along with the flavors of the aroma and a short duration. The body was medium to full with fizzy carbonation and a light alcoholic finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2007
750 ml 2006. Poured a reddish color. aroma od malty brown sugar. Taste is is kinda malty with a swet brown sugar finish.

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