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


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RATINGS: 1608   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2006
(06.10.06) One pint, 9.4 oz brown bottle purchased from Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. 10% ABV. Labeled states that the beer was brewed on 2/24/06, on the birthdate of Charles the 5th. Poured clear amber with medium off-white head. Spicy fruity aroma. Full bodied ale that starts with moderate malt sweetness and fruity (ripe plum)/caramel/butterscotch flavors. Finished with light malt fade. Rich and smooth. Alcohol dangerously well hidden in this more moreish ale. Pure bliss.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - AUG 13, 2006
750ml corked & caged bottle. 2005 Vintage. 10% abv. Pours a reddish-brown color with plum accents. Thin off-white ring of foam leaves random patches of lacing behind. A plethora of dark fruits, molasses, and sweet brown sugar in the aroma. Tastes very sweet, like liquid candied fruit. Licorice, cherry, and oaky malt flavors melt on the tongue with each sip. Great Belgian yeast character carries all of the flavors tremendously. Absolute velvet mouthfeel. Smooth and dangerously easy to drink even at 10+% alcohol. Even at room temp, this is simply a privilege to drink..the flavors absolutely jump out at you. Fantastic brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle at the Liars Club (San Diego) Dark amber with slight head. Aroma of malts, honey and alcohol. Tastes like a caramel green apple with alcohol. Very sweet and too much alcohol, i got nothing but green apples, caramel and oak. I should be much better with desert or cheese than with the burger i had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Last HWOH brougth by Willblake cuz he noticed I hadn’t rated it before. Thanks Jon. Pours a deep amber/cloudy brown with small sediment floaties and a good lasting beige head. Aroma is very fruity- apple, other esters, light alcohol, sweet malts, light cardboard oxidation. More cork, stale malts, and cardboard oxidation in the flavor with lots of fruit, sweet malts, hints of chocolate and tobacco. Soy oxidative notes throughout as well. Even with the slight oxidation, this is still really nice overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 6, 2006
750 mL bottle – corked and caged (Bottled 2003, sampled 2 AUG 2006): Explosive cork removal pouring with a moderate, light brown head that quickly diminishes, but leaves a sweet Belgian yeast aroma lingering in the air…heavy, roasted dark nuts and raisiny alcohol. Light chocolaty malt flavours wrapped with lightly bitter honey and sweet Belgian yeast. Well developed, creamy palate and buttery texture make this a joy to drink. I think that will get a 2007 and sample it fresh…

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - AUG 6, 2006
2005 750ml bottle found in "1920" restaurant. Paid a bit more but it was definetly worth it ! Red/brownish color with medium head. Red,black fruit and spices. Brown sugar. Pretty complex. An excellent brew. It would get even higher marks if it was just a tiny bit less sweet.

   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 (5975) - 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.

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