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


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RATINGS: 1587   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2569) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Pours a medium sized tan head, retention is good. Lightly hazed chestnut color. The head just hanging, sticking to my glass with a sturdy ring of foam. Lucious nose, dark fruits, caramel malts, sweet, faint diacetyl. Creamy palate on a med/full bodied brew. Dark fruits, plums, butterscotch with hints of raisins and a light mustiness on the palate. Alot going on here, an exceptional brew. Sweet fruity finish. A lovely brew. A good ager i,d imagine. Should of enjoyed this alot sooner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours a very murky,not unlike a Sherlock Holmes murder mystery,brown with a shitload of it ending up on my kitchen counter.Nose is luscious sweetness.Syrupy and fruity. This taste fantastic.Heavy in the sweetness but lots of overripe fruits and even some kinda’ funky spices white boy.Thick and lingering on the tastebuds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Poured badly by the bartender. Poured a purple color with very little head. Aroma had brown sugar, toffee, caramel, chocolate and rum. Taste kicks your ass with the alcohol at first but smooths out. The toffee becomes quite pleasant as it goes down. Good chemy mouthfeel. Nice find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10445) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2005
750 ml bottle 2004 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of plums and raisins with some vinous notes. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of plums, raisins, molasses and a hint of spice with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
2004 vintage. Deep, hazy dark brown body with a frothy, dark cream-colored head. Interesting nose of roasted chestnuts, brown sugar, and earth. Medium-high sweetness with lots of molasses character and some interesting underlying depth. Seems young and the sweetness overpowers a bit. I need to lay a bottle down for a few years to see if this improves with maturity. Good, but not mind-blowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Deep mahogany with a light, frothy head. Aromatics consist of coriander and orange peels (almost like a Witbier). A moderate brown sugary and dark fruit sweetness keeps this well-tempered and uncloying. A sense of cedar in the dry, lingering finish. Alcohol is covered extremely well and only becomes apparent as the brew warms. Perhaps a little thin and watery but, then again, I may have been expecting this to be syrupy. Plenty (in volume and strength) to share with a friend or somebody you want to get friendly with.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2005
2004 750 mL bottle. Brilliant deep ruby pour when held to light. Creamy beige head, and wonderful lacing as this went down. Aroma was very full and chock fulla deep, dark fruits (plums, raisins, pomegranate, prunes), some alcohol, floral hops, a subdued breadiness, earth, and lots of other well-balanced goodness. Flavor was a wonderful blend of all the great components of the aroma.. the rich, fruity malt base was perfect for the chewy, bready Belgian yeast, floral and mildly bitter hops, and alcohol above. Very smooth on the palate, which allowed the flavors to creep across the tastebuds with all their goodness. Alcohol was more apparent as this warmed, but only as a complement to the flavor and the finish. Very wonderful treat all around!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry courtesy of HogTownHarry -- Vintage 2004. Pours a dark hazy reddish-brown with a large light-brown head, with lots of bubbles, this looks downright perfect. Aroma of malt, toffee, dark fruit, alcohol and sugar -- it smells great! The flavour is nothing to scoff at either, man this is tasty! Flavour reminds me of sherry -- I taste cherries, sweet malt, alcohol, brown sugar, toffee, a touch of hops and much more. Medium to full bodied. The alcohol warms the tummy but is very subtle for a 11% beer. Gets even better as it warms. A fantastic beer, what a treat -- thanks Harry!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Bottle (750ml - dated 2004). Shared with blankboy. Poured deep dark clear chestnut with an average light brown (almost reddish) head. Aroma - mmmmm - tons of mysterious yeast, dark, resiny, oily musty roast malt - I hear trolls and Peer Gynt in the distance! Very fruity (raisins, prunes, dried apples), chocolate toffee, anise, oak. Taste is surprisingly light - very much oaky roast malt, with a hint of hops helping the alcohol bitterness along - this is definitely a winter warmer, snuggle up to the fire and drink yourself happy and toasty with one of these. Mouthfeel only average body, slightly lively, definitely thin syrupy. I love this style, my only beef is it could be a little thicker. Yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
No#57. (2002). Outstanding beer we have here and for only 6 euro’s winner. Aroma is molasses, dark fruits with some liquorice, great. Taste is similar with the oaked appley aged taste even comign through after only this many years, this all adds to a full body with a nice complimenting sweetness. excellent stuff.

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