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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1723   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2006
750 ml 2006 bottled. Labled as 10% alcohol. Dark brown color with full brown head. Sweet toasted malt aroma and taste with an alcohol warming taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aegrus (49) - USA - DEC 3, 2006
Bottled. Tulip. Pours dark brown beer with a fading light tan head. Smells of raisins, chocolate and plums. Flavor is sweet, with toasty malts, chicory, caramel and spice. Carbonation feels a little sharp. Otherwise, the palette is round, full and right for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Clear brown body. Plum and tootsie roll chocolate in teh aroma along with some peppery alcohol. The flavor sweetens up with dried fruit and chocolaty sweetness and a certain powdered sugar sweetness. Good mouthfeel. An enjoyably sweet Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2006
2004 Bottle. Ruddy brown in color with a light head. Tempting aroma, fresh, vinous, spicy with a caramel raisin note. Effervescent on the tongue with a sharp but lingering malt-raisin-prune sourness. Medium body. Alcohol warms my belly without being obvious on the tongue. A solid and substantial beer worthy of the Emporer’s attentions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2953) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Bottle from Whole Foods Market. 2006 bottle, 10%. Pours a dark ruby color with a little bit of foam. Strong sweet aromas of candy and dark fruits. Some banana and bubblegum as well as marshmellow. Smooth silky mouthfeel. A little spicy up front with a hint of yeast. Some raisin. Alot of dark fruits. Finish is dark and roasty with a hint of alcohol. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Bottle. Pours deep mahogany with amber highlights. Nice, creamy head of beige that leaves intricate lacing. Aroma of damp wood with spices and bitter fruit. Dull spices, notably coriander and nutmeg, greet the imbiber. Earthy flavors linger in the finish. Flavors are spread evenly; each is given its own turn to shine and gracefully bows to the next when its time is up. Great Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Pours a nice deep brown color with a nice froathy beige head. Aroma is very malty and slightly yeasty. Flavor is very nice. Has a nice bit of malt, hop, and floral to it. Alcohol was nicely hidden. Wonderful brew. Easily one of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 750. 2006. Beer is lightly hazy, very dark red brown with a small, white, frothy, almost totally and rapidly diminishing head.<P> First impression on the nose is that it’s warm and cozy sweet. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, caramel, cookie, brown sugar, light note of toffee; Hoppy with a moderate notes of resin/pine, thyme-like herb; Yeasty with light notes of dough and basement; Miscellany include a moderate-to-heavy note of alcohol, moderate dried currents and stone fruit, light marzipan.<P> The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, lightly bitter with a long, tummy warming, moderately sweet, lightly-to-moderately bitter finish.<P> The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9496) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2012 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 11/19/2006 9:40:11 AM - UPDATED 10/12/2008
(75 cl bottle)
Labeled 8.5%.
Wine and sugar, alcohol and raissin, laid down, fresch scent. Copper red color with a tan head. Alcohol, dried fruits, raissin, almonds, sweet taste. Thin mouthfeel and high co2.

(75 cl bottle from Systembolaget, thanks to deft!)
BB 31/12/2018
2008 vintage
This time labelled 11%
On October 10, 2008
Clear beautiful dark reddish copper color, big lasting tan head. Sweet, slight roasted, lactic, alcohol, spicy scent. Also some milk chocolate. Sweet, lactic, salty, phenolic, licorice, fruity, hard to describe taste. Lots of everything. Warming alcohol feeling, though well hidden alcohol in taste. Aftertaste rather short, a bit sweet. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Turns shady towards the end of the bottle.

The 11% I tried now (Side by side with the red version) was much better than the 8.5% version tried earlier)

Vertical tasting first half of 2012, never entered my notes until now, sampled side by side: 2010 vs 2007 vs 2005 vs 2001.
2010: Clear very dark red color, medium sized tan head. Sweet, alcohol, butter scent. Sweet, yoghurt, alcohol taste. Alcohol and mineral aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Alcohol and sweet finish.
2007: Clear very very dark red color, fairly big tan had. Alcohol, wood scent. Sweet, wood scent. Sweet, dryish wood, sugar taste. Smooth mouthfeel, very low bitterness. Easy drinking, surprisingly no alcohol notes.
2005: Clear very dark red color, smallish tan head. Wet stone, sand, salt water, sea weed scent. Sweet, mold, wood, sugar, perfume taste. Cream aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2001: Clear dark red color, a big tan head. Dirt cellar and sea weed scent. Mellow malty taste, some dirt cellar mold and chimicals. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Surprisingly similar numbers despite vintages and even huge difference in ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2006
Pours hazy red/brown with grey/green lines. Vineous, dried fruit aroma with alcohol. Wet soil and cellar. Apricots and raisins, allmond and fudge. Ripe cherries. Stale sweet flavour, ripe bananas, with dried dark fruits and raisin. Allmond paste. Small chocolate hints.

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