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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1586   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2006
2000 vintage, enjoyed on 4/6/06: Pours a medium brown with a reddish tint. Small, tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is toffee, candi sugar, figs and cinnamon. Flavor is semi sweet, candi sugar, dark fruits, bananas, light spice at the end. Mouthfeel is incredibly soft and smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14202) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 5, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2006 Dark unclear brown with white head. (2005 edition) very complex in sweetness and spices. Dark fruits and alcohol. Great aroma and Long lasting finish Little carbonation. Top dollar!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cathcacr (637) - Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2006
2005 vintage. Deep red to burgandy color, with an amazing head. Bursts, literally bursts, with fruity tones. Is it plums? Is it raisin? Is it . . . well, what is it? Whatever it is, it’s rich and dark and fruity and creamy. Wowza! I can only imagine how good this could be if I had the patience to age this for a while. Quality sacrificed at the altar of quantity. Outrageous, I tell you, outrageous. Currently playing: Schubert piano sonata D. 958. Too bad everything can’t be on the level of Beethoven piano concerto Op. 58. This truly is amongst the finest Belgians I’ve had (although it’s been a while since I’ve had the Rochefort 10, this one reminds me most of that based on my admittedly hazy-beery memory), worthy of der Keizer indeed. To think, for only $9.99 a bottle, we can "dine" alongside der Keizer himzelf. (Are we worthy? Only Der Arrogant Vun vouldt let us know fur zure. By ze vay, zis is bier zat ze Arrogunt Vun vould bru iff he didt ze Belgundtz.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1444) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2006
2005 The only thing this beer is lacking when it comes to looks is the lacing. Sleek and viscous, it hides the carbonation it holds for the taster. Aromas are sweet caramel malts, some oak, and dark plum and prune fruit. Taste is complex, if sweet up front and alcoholic on the finish. Would take aging well. Tangy and long on the palate, without being sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
On opening the aroma was actually rather unattractive with a slightly musky smell mixed with loose citrus and toffee. On pouring I was presented with a deep sienna colored body with a 1 1/2 inch head that leveled to a nice permanent lace. The taste is slighly walnut with deep belgium chocolate and anise tart. The mouth feel is perfect, the corect mix of bubbles and silk. Overall an extremely drinkable beer that I highly recommend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4635) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2004 bomber. Pours dark brown into a trappist glass. Caramel, fig, dates, raisins and brown bread aromas. Slight head clings to rim and leaves thin lacing. Medium bodied and fizzy with lasting fig finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DYCSoccer17 (3388) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Well, now that I see the score of this beer, I see I am in the vast minority. Fuck it. On tap at The Half Door in Hartford, CT. Very citrussy orange-like aroma...almost smells false. This is extremely orange-like and very sweet in the nose. Brown sugars are abound. Smells like one of those info-mercial orange cleansers. Ugly hazy opaque dark brown color with an off-white, frothy head and decent lacing. Very ugly. Very citrus-like orange flavors to start, turning sweeter with brown sugar flavors. Light ethanolic present later. Overly one-dimensional. Basically orange juice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rederic (3156) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottled 2005, hazy dark brown hue, with a frothy tan-colored head, with laces, the nose is one of a rich roasted malt, caramelized malt, notes of molasses, brown sugar, dried dark fruits, and a touch of spiciness in the aroma, follows through on a full-bodied palate with a smooth sweet caramelized malt, toasted malt, with some molasses, brown sugar and chocolatey pralines notes, nutmeg spiciness, with a mellow portoish character, with a downy liqueur-like accent, some fruity notes of raisin, prune, date in the background, leading towards a burnt caramel malt and an alcoholic warmth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghunte02 (29) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2006
on tap at flatrock. cloudy brown w/ lasting fluffy head. dried dark fruits, malty finish. this one is clean and nice- drink if at all possible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2006
On tap at The Map Room. Pours an opaque amber with a thick and foamy head. Dark dried fruits such as raisans, prunes, and cherries assault the senses. Vanilla, candy sweetness and warming alcohol finish this one nicely.

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