dperk (14) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml 2003 bottle. Pours a very deep dark amber with a nice froth that is constantly replenished. This beer has a very sweet and malty aroma, it's not really strong, but it's pleasant. Taste is sweet, plum, heavy malts, spice, caramel. The mouth feel is soft and mellow, probably from the plentiful carbonation. This is a really balanced but complex brew. Very good! I'd like to get more to age longer than a year.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet. Medium bodied. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. The malts really shine through in this beer. Very smooth and velvety taste. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.Dark brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet. Medium bodied. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. The malts really shine through in this beer. Very smooth and velvety taste. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 15, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I enjoyed a 2003 Grand Cru of The Emperor in March 2004. Dark copper color. Crisp carmel, fruity aroma. Smooth, sweet, carmel spiciness. Very full, thick palate. Very well hidden alcohol content. Good beer, the Belgians rarely dissappoint me.
PushEject (42) - Palmdale, California, USA - MAR 10, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A sweet, malty, heavy nose with hints of candy. The first thought I had was this beer would be GREAT with age. A big mouthfeel that was like eating a chocolate, banana, port-filled cake. Very thick and malty. I've stashed a few of these away.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2004 Chimay chalice, close to room temp From a ruby brown body mounted with a fully diminishing big light brown head emanes a powerful sweet aroma. Ultra-sweet in fact, full of red licorice flavours, almost too much for its own good, but decadent nevertheless. Quite spicy as well as you'd expect from a belgian grand cru (herbal thyme and sage), lots of fruits (orange, lemon peel). Just a big malty nose altogether with restrained dusty yeastiness. As it warms, it acquires a powdery chocolate feel as well. In mouth, it's still very sweet, with more alcohol than I expected, vinous candi sugar. Lots of malty flavours to decorticate: mint, grapes, orange with floral qualities... Aftertaste is long and made me think of a banana split with touches of alcohol and licorice. A complex beer, definitely a sipper with this big medium-thick body and a low carbonation level. A dessert by itself.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 (2003 bottle drank in March ’04) : Splendid marzipan and bourbon fission in fuming candi sugar emissions...A marvelous sweet jet stream engulfing dark fruit cream (prunes, dates, cherries) in its immortal vitality...A glorious licorice cigar enlightening meritorious clovey grapes...Picturesque rum heat and victorious chocolate maple syrup...A mighty sipper with a depth in malt sweetness to appease, at once, a most severe case of sweet tooth and a complexity-seeking beer geek...
(8%abv, 2000 bottle): BEWARE!!!! Apart from being lighter in alcohol, this vintage is not up to the high standards of decadence of the most recent vintages!!! Earthy yeast and toffee notes brawl with the alcohol in a disorderly fashion and ultimately become a meager shadow of what the 2003 always offers...Or there was a recipe change between 2000 and 2003, or a new brewer revamped the whole operation...3.6/5
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 3, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2000 bottling, sampled 3/3/04: Pours a deep amber with hints of bergundy. A beautiful frothy head lays atop and carries well. The nose is of dried figs, port, licorice and anise. The initial taste is subdued but overwhelmingly enjoyable. This has aged extremely well. There is no profoundness to the flavor, instead they all just melt across the tongue like the one chord at the finale of Stravinsky's "Le Sacre Du Printemps". As it warms the abv lets its' presence be known, but not disturbingly. This is an amazingly crafted ale that I thank my dear friend Casey for sending me.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - MAR 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2007 2007-09-02, corked bottle, vintage 2001, 6 years old, 8.5% ABV, 7-5-8-3-15=38
Not very complex but solid, with a good caramel aroma and flavor, but the bitterness is almost gone. The malt flavor at least doesn’t show aging. Interesting.
2004-02-27, corked bottle, vintage 2000, 4 years old, 8.5% ABV, 9-5-8-4-16=42
Brown color. Very good aroma: malt, candi sugar, oranges and other fruits. Better body structure than the other Gouden Carolus, sweet, initially with caramel, presenting some light liquorice later. Correct, good final.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown in color, minimal head. Aroma of malts and alcohol. Dark fruit flavors. Dry finish.
BIGC (29) - USA - FEB 19, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Don't laugh but my girlfriend who drinks bud enjoyed this one. I started enjoying this one in 2000. 2003 smelled great. Pitch black in color with a long lasting head. Tasted like heaven with awesome malt, caramel, chocolate, plum flavors. Leaves your palate wanting more with it's good lingering sweet aftertaste. save it for 5 or 10 years. Bon anniversaire charles the fifth.