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


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RATINGS: 1547   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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2005 2004. Thanks to robertsreality for supplying this beautifuly 200th beer! Enjoyed with shitty fireworks and a group of losers...Pours rusty red brown, slightly murky and topped with copious amounts of a warm woody tan head. Aroma is bright, spicy, and backed with some yeasty warmth. Flavors are complex and deep, but suffer on the palate level. The flavors morph and change as the beer warms and moves around in the mouth. It starts with a rich, cherry vinous domination, with lots of wine and brandy. It warms up, gains a good head of spicy alcohol, before finishing with a good rounded glowing yeast and bread profile. The palate is one leveled, sweet and hot from alcohol, without much change throughout. Aftertaste seems weak and diminished. I’m surprised by the noticable effects of the hops in this beer, I would have expected a more diminished quality in that regard, but appreciate the roundedness they added to the beer. By far the best Belgian Ale I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Bottle at O’Briens - thanks to Tom and Harold. Pours a slightly hazy rosy brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is very spicy with lots of caramel, moslases, and dark fruit notes. Flavor is also heavy on the dark fruits, maple syrup, brown sugar, clove and other spices. Full body and creamy smooth carbonation. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2005
2004 vintage. Poured a rich and hazy dark rosewood under a tall, creamy and very long lasting dark beige head. Curtains of lacing clung to the glass from start to finish. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, raisins, bread, alcohol and yeast. Flavors were a swirling symphony of caramel, vanilla, sweet malt, pepper, molasses and plums. The flavors intensified and became more enjoyable as the beer warmed and even though the alcohol content is high, its flavor is well hidden - it actually supports the other flavors. Finish is long, smooth, sweet and warming. If you are a Belgian fan, this is a must - buy as many as you see and cellar them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2006 2003 bottle consumed late June 2006. Poured a cloudy brown body with almost no head. Aroma was very fruity... lotsa dark fruits. Also notes of caramel and sugar. Sweet finish, medium bodied. 3 years of time mellowed out the flavors but also made it quite one dimensional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
turbothy (1109) - Bonn, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2005
2004 vintage bottle - saved for rating #200 :-)
Uncorked with a mighty pop. Pours reddish chestnut brown with light brown head and nice lacing. Aroma alcoholic with a touch of apples. Very light and fruity taste at first, almost like sparkly wine. Malty aftertaste. As the beer warms, prunes appear and the mouth becomes more filling. A++++ WUOLD DRINK AGAIN!!!1111!!!eleve

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13725) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle (2004). Perfumy marcipan aroma. Dark chest nut colour, small creamy head. Malty, sweet flavour with a raisen aftertaste. Good, solid body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Black/brown/amber. Off-white head. Looks serious. Roasted malt, bit of chocolate/coffee/sugar and even a little yeast. Intense. Full body with a bit of carbonation bite, but smooth at the same time. Well balanced. Alcohol is warming but barely noticed. Nice lacing. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (2730) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Bottle 750ml, from Julio’s. 2004 edition. Good nose, sweet. sugar, marshmellow, raisin/plum, molasses Clean dark brownish orange color. Good head that stayed a while. decent size foamy beigy white head that clung to the side of the glass. Sweet fruity flavors, alot like the aromas, though no marshmellow, little of a chocolaty, cocoa instead of molasses. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, fruity bitter finish, warms you up inside. Very tasty. Very impessive. Thanks to Scott, former asst beer manager, for pointing this one out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
Cloudy dark brown colour. Rich fig and dark fruit aroma with a fair bit of yeasty fun as well. Sweet flavour with a floral accent, again light hints of yeastiness. Lots of candyish dark malt character. Sweet, slightly boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8534) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
2003 version. 750 ml bottle corked and caged. Dark brown beer with a thin tan head. Sweet malt aroma, light candy and marshmallow aromas underneath a strong cinnamon and spice yeastiness. Malted milk and chocolate flavours are here mixed with some sweet aniseseed and a plum/prune fruitiness. Spicy and sweet chocolately finish. This will improve quite a bit over the next few years, but it’s definitely tasty right now. Thanks Josh.

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