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


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RATINGS: 1514   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 Neck label says "2000": Pours brown with a thin head that fades quickly. Bubbles continue to break the surface. Aroma of banana, biscuit, caramel, clove, and a slight alcohol. Flavor is of a nice mix of caramel, biscuit, banana, dark fruit, and a slight spice underneath. Slightly sweet and fairly robust. Nice complexity. Yet still fairly drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 11, 2005
2002 Version, thanks to matta for this one! First off, this is a beautiful beer. Garnet colored, with a large finely textured head and nice lacing. The aroma is a little disapointing, a little bit winey and sweet, but the flavor more than makes up for it. Bready, yeasty, with a tiny bite from the alcohol...it’s almost perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wacher (129) - Århus C, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2005
2004: Mørkebrun øl, med fyldigt og holdbart mørkt skum. Dufter af søde kirsebær. Smager af portvin, rørsukker, kirsebær. En anelse krydret. Alkoholprocenten er vældig godt skjult. En vældig god øl (jysk underdrivelse). Hvis man absolut skal komme med indvendinger, er den måske en anelse på den søde side - men ikke meget.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (6569) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2005
Dark brown beer, with large head. Long lasting sweet palate. Lots of alcohol (11%) but nice hidden in the great flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4669) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2005
2003 Bottle: Poured a rusty and cloudy amber ale with a medium brown head with surprisingly great retention. Aroma is quite port-like sweet with strong malt also noticeable. Taste is sweeter then expected and I was glad I drank this after dinner since the sweetness would have been too overpowering before a meal. Body is quite full and alcohol is not discernable which I always appreciate. Overall, I would say that this si another great beer from a sometime underappreciated brewery – I very much appreciated the creamy, fruit/sweetness of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GonZoBeeR (2915) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 1, 2005
Aroma:Apple and brown sugar Appearance ruby red small head Flavor:porto,apple brown sugar. Very good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2005 2003 bottle, thanks Ernest!! No head. Dark red color. Spicy citrus/ester aroma, pretty nice. Taste is huge, sweet alcoholic, spicy. Alcohol blends in well, doesn’t overpower. Good smooth malty palate. Very nice beer. ReRate 2004 bottle 6-05. Pours with a diminishing beige head and a pretty clear, dark crimson body. Aroma is big- alcohol, cherries, leather, with traces of toffee and caramel. Robust malty framework supports tastes of alcohol, sweet malts, berries and fruits. Vinous and a little oaky. Hops creep into a sticky finish. Overall a very tasty belgian strong with big alcohol that is complementary to all the other flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2005
2004. Ruby red body with tawny tinges and a light brown/tan coloured head. The head was a fair size, lasted the distance and left lovely lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is full on, malt, burnt caramel, alcohol. Taste is a great blend of yeast - meat/broth, raisins, some soft spice, more malt flavours, smooth full balanced body with syrupy texture and the alcohol is definitely waming it all up. Quite like this one though it is not one that I could drink a lot of especially at the price and also availability.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2005
bottle, 2003. The beer pours brown/red color, the head is large and creamy in its texture, the lace fine sheets to cling to the glass. Nose is malt, ripe cherry sweet, hints the high abv, also present add to the aroma. Front is sweet malts; the mid-point is light in feel. Finish is potently acidic with the hops being average to the style with a dry aftertaste. The high abv warms the tummy, and adds that just right character to the beer. Yum

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 19, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 2004 corked bottle.so i pulled off the cage and pulled the cork out of the bottle.it gave a nice "pop" sound and then let off a little "smoke",then folowed a bit of foam.i poured the belgian strong ale into my duvel glass and got a dark red body with a nice 2 inch thick brown head.i let it sit for about 3 minutes so the head could calm down,and then gave it a wiff.it gave off hints of belgian yeast,caramel,molasses,and malts.the flavor was a yummy mixture of the same elments of the aroma,along with some spice,and bubblegum.no alcohol was tasted at all.this is an extremely nice grand cru.

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