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


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RATINGS: 1506   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 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 (1775) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2005
2003 corked and caged 750ml bottle, pours deep cloudy reddish-brown, foamy tan head that lasts and clings to the sides of my glass, sweet malty, chocolate and brown sugar aroma. Dark chocolate, fruity and yeasty flavors, full body, perfect creamy mouthfeel, finishes sweet. This is an awesome ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2005
I had this at Roman’s on tap. It was known as "The Emperor" name. Anyway, the appearance was bubbling/settling like you see in Guiness (didn’t last as long though). It has a frothy head and a dark color. The aroma was of raisins and roasted malts. The palate was lightly carbonated with a medium body. The flavor was of smoky fruit, cherries, dates, sweet, with a little bit of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
This brew pours with a deep amber brown body topped by a thick, quickly disappearing head wtih a good amount of lacing. The aroma and flavor are slightly sour yet sweet with a nice dark fruit note, a touch of spice and a nice cookie/bready note. Full bodied, slightly tingly and warming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2005
2000: Poured brown with thin head...smell was very sweet and doughy...taste was watered down coke and sour bread...finish dry and yeasty...blech...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Bottle purchased at the Bier Garden in Portsmouth, VA on 1-8-05. 2000 vintage. Browned ruby with a small tan head. Nose is big candy and fruit. Very sweet. Light chocolate too. Taste is fruity and sweet with candy and sweet malts. Some ripened fruit notes as well. Body is surprisingly thinner than expected but has a mild alcohol feel in it. Finishes with more fruit and sweet notes. Light malt coming through with some almost maple notes. Very sweet and candyish overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Bottle, dark amber, nice lacing, medium off white head dissipates quickly, fruity, molasses, and alcohol aroma, nice smooth malty taste with molasses, leaves sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7733) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Huge thanks to npdempse for this. First of all, who the hell is Van de Keizer and what does he have to do with beer? The Emperor sounds so much better. At any rate, this one is a deep turbid brown color with a gargantuan tan head. Aroma of malt, fruit, some hops and spices, and toffee. My father took a swig and said, "That tastes like Bailey’s Irish Cream". Tastes to me like fruit, malt, creamy toffee, candi sugar, and a dubblebocky finish. Super smooth, dense on the palate, and fruity. BUY THIS BEER! A true 500 pound gorilla of the beer world. Thanks again, St. Nick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1415) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Big aroma of raisins/dates, alcohol, yeast and malt. Nice mahogeny color with a big dissipating off white head. Significant flavor of sweet malt, Dr. Pepper, raisin, clove and white pepper. Perfect mouthfeel like liquid velvet. Delicious.

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