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


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RATINGS: 1713   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
This is a grand beer. Dark brown with a towering head, Aroma is spicey, malty with a light oakness. Flavour is awesome with such a delicated balance of abv, sugar and spice. I could drink this all night long.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2007
Bottled in 2004, drank 2006. Sublime. Do I have to say more? I tried to make notes as I went, but it all started off with "wow!" as I raised the glass to my lips, and finished off an hour later with a contented sigh - not so much a cat that had got the cream, but one that had inherited a dairy and now bathed in its glorious full-fatness 24/7.

Perhaps one of the finest beer-drinking hours of my life. Just me, the Keizer and warm thoughts. Wonderful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2007
Tasting of 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 vintages. 2000 and 2002 had cellar taste. 2001 was better, but a lot of esters with taste of strawberries. 2004 was the best of the lot (rating based on this one), with some sourness and alcohol warmth. 2005 was disappointing, disharmonious and the home brew esters was back. 2006 like 2004, but not as smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
TheDog (586) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 This brew´s way much too heavy for me. The taste of alcohol being too dominating for my tasting. I can´t taste the full bodied beer and any other ingredients. But great appearance and nice head. I rate this as a (for me) thumbs down, abbey ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 2005 750ml bottle. I remember trying this beer back as a youngster. I still cant describe it the way i wish i could. Pours out dark brown with a good head to it that is tan with sediments ontop, and at the bottom. Smell is woody with hints of citrousy apples, rasberries and sugar fructose. The taste is a bit oxidized with hints of cinnamon and pines. Good winter brew due to the alcohol taste.

   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 (3503) - 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.

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