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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1730   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9007) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
2006 bottle. This dark brown ale poured with a modest tan head, and a sweet fruity aroma. This is a full-bodied beer that is packed with a variety of flavors, including caramel malt, raisin, chocolate and warming alcohol. I know that it ages well, since I had a 2003 bottle a few months ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2007
2006 Bottle. 1Pint 9.4 FL. OZ. Very appealing appearance. Sweet, sugary aroma of aroma of raisins and banana. Very smooth, balanced palate with an exceptionally long finish and nice amount of carbonation. Flavor is sweet and just alcoholic enough without being overpowering. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2007
As Grand Cru of the Emperor. 2006 bottle. Dark brown color, with nice small, but thick head. Aroma is full of figs, and other non-descript fruit. Flavor is that of malts, figs, raisins, and a strong warm alcohol feel. I will be on the lookout for older vintages of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
Bottle (2001, 2004 & 2005). Dark brown colour with a large tan head. Yeasty aroma with figs, chocolate & citrus fruits. Sticky alcoholic flavour, sweet and fruity. The less alcoholic 2001 bottle was the tastiest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (841) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2007
2006, Nut brown color with small head and no lacing. Aroma was strong with nice fruitiness. Nice flavor, with some malt, but a little too much raisin and sourness. Simple, but good overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 2002 Bottle. Hazy Orange brown with a big creamy tan head. Complex earthy aroma with notes of spice, yeast, and dried fruit. Big sweet malt backbone with some spice. Some liquorice in the finish. Very little carbonation. Age has treated this beer nicely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2007 750 ml bottle (2006 version) poured into tulip glass. Color was a dark burgundy to brownish color. Sweet aroma of fruits and alcohol. AFor the most part tasted like it smelt (fruits and alcohol). A nice one to sip with friends who can appreciate a good Belgian ale. Can’t wait to try the 2005 bottle I have aging Edit::I have now had the 2005 edition and it was amazing. My all time favorite

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 27, 2007
Nice brown colour with a light brownish head. Great sweet aroma of fruits (raisins) and nuts, which one very much also tastes in the flavour along with strong malt, spices, caramel and a good warmness from the alc. Exellent beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer5000 (5859) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2007
750 ml bottle (2006 vintage). Beautiful deep ruby red body with a tiny beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, dry fig, wood and alcohol. Flavor is syrup, dry fruit, roasted malt, caramel and alcohol. This is a full bodied and very flavorful beer. It’s complex, very sweet and lots of alcohol, and believe this alcohol is essential to balance the sweetness. A great beer, but I’m looking forward to sample my 2005 vintage from my cellar. I believe aging is a good thing for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1863) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Always one of my favorites. I purchase this beer more often than any other. Best aged 9 months or more. Rated at the12 hour Belgian beer partyin Carlsbad, CA. Possibly the best beer tasting ever,with 70 bottled rare and expensive beers and 20 on draft.

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