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


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RATINGS: 1709   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grovlam (4198) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2006
This tasting second big surprise. Bottled 2005 (11%), color was very mahogany and dark. Head was impressive creamy like and long lasting. Complexity is amazing, but predominant notes are raisin, date’s, fig with some licorice and maybe even coffee and Tobago notes. Flavor is full sweet with light bitter notes. Finish is surprisingly short, but still this was for me a great encounter. Love to re-taste this beer. Would like to try and cellar this beer for some years to see the difference and how it would evolve into something even grater if that is possible..... :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Vintage 05 Dark mahogany pour small tan head nice lacing. Aroma has a belgian yeast lightly spiced w/ black pepper & corriandersome raisen & plum sweet carmels & light alcohol. Palate is well coated and lightly creamy. Flavor is very sweet carmels and lots and lots of plums a light alcohol in the finish. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (3128) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Fruity beer extreme. initial aroma is alcohol and strong fruits: dates, prunes, mild nuts. taste is very jammy with minimal hop content. Though high in AC it offers a smooth flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
nick76 (4357) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2008 The aroma has brown sugar, soy sauce, yeast, and dark fruit (plums, raisins, and dates). The appearance is dark purple brown with a medium foamy head. The flavor is strong with lots of alcohol and all the elements from the aroma. The palate is chewy and the finish is sweet and chewy like a fruit cake. Overall it’s well made and has one of the best aftertastes of any beer but I still don’t love it 100%.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
dwyerpg (5225) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 6, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2007 These guys must use something that makes their beers smell a little funny, because this beer smells bad like the Noel. The flavor seems more malty than hoppy. Wasn’t a fan. Had again and once again rated it poorly. A 2.5 the second time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3156) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours brown with a light tan head. Aroma of chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is heavy with chocolate, the alcohol is quite noticeable. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (16071) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2007 Nice head with ok duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma is fruits and spices. Taste is fruits and spices and a bit vinous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle. Dark brownish colour with a decent head. Aroma and taste of malts, fruits and spices. Good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11843) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2006
2004. Dark brown with no head. Very powerful aroma with low carbonation. Quite vinious with complex spicyness. Good full feel from raisins and plums.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2006
2000. Wow, the aroma is heavy with alcohol and malt. From the aroma, I was a bit concerned. The bottle says 8%. But, I suspect that the 11% is closer to the truth. Very smooth, with a raisin and prune flavor.

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