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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1665   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrDick (351) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2010 On tap at Brickskeller - refermented in the keg. Did I mention that this was ON TAP?!? This beer is excellent. The flavor is well balanced with malty, fruit (apple and pear), caramel, butterscotch, etc. It’s complex but very enjoyable. I have a 2004 and 2005 in my cellar waiting to be opened in a few more years. Opened the 2004 on April 29, 2010. It’s a caramel banana sugar bomb

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2833) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Thanks to Will Blake for this one at the HW open house. Pours out a nice dark brown with a reddish hue. Aroma is of dried fruit and some yeast. The taste is very complex with notes of chocolate malts sherry and some notes of alcohol. Dried fruits come through as it finishes. Great beer. Very solid

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2006
(Bottled, 2005 vintage) Colour is dark amber, almost mahogany, with ruby notes. Firm, foamy pale brown head, leaving lots of lacing. Slightly hazy. Nose is malty and sweet, with dried fruit (raisins, prunes), chocolate and brown sugar ... or rather burnt sugar, wineous. Taste is malty, sweetish, with notes of dried fruit (figs, prunes), berries (blackberries, dark cherries), chocolate and sugar-candy. Not as sweet as suspected, but more sweet than dry. The alcohol is obviously evident, but not disturbing, it just lurks in the background (to smash you in the head at the end). The same goes for the yeast. Full bodied, but smooth and velvety, wonderfully balanced. Absolutely lovey, a true masterpiece!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
The "Grand Cru of the Emperor" is one complex beer. The pour is a dark purplish red color. The aroma is very big--tons of sherry, alcohol, and chocolate hidden amongst the other aromas. The flavor is big and hits you right away with plenty of sweet whiskey like flavors. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky. The finish is sticky and sweet, with more of the chocolate malt coming through in the end. A very nice brew indeed, and meant to be sipped for sure. "

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (11054) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
750 mL bottle shared with chadzter. Pours dark and hzay nut brown with a medium frothy tan head, lined lacing, head is mostly lasting. Aroma is yeast (earth, cellar), caramel toasted malt, light and faint chocolate, alcohol and fruit nose. Medium acidity and bitterness, caramel malt, slightly sour, alchol is noticeable but not offensive, vanilla notes. Full bodied, fizzy and foamy palate.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrinkAle (4) - USA - JUN 21, 2006 does not count
One of the best beers in the world. I love to have one (or two) after chowing down some mussels and frits!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Carolus (3) - BELGIUM - JUN 15, 2006 does not count
I LOVE this beer, I like it especially when it lies a few years in a basement (min 4)! The evolution is huge, for me this is the king of beers :) Very dark with a lot of yeast, the way I like it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2006
super alcoholic in smell, looks pretty great, kinda cloying in taste, smooth enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Big ups to nhorween for this. Huge sweetness and alcohol in the aroma. I would say there is some sweet/alcohol/coffee syrup taste. Really heavy body. It seems more complex than I can handle right now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 15, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2006 Bottle. Nice rich brown color with a fine white head. Aroma is caramel and vanilla without being overly sweet. Also notes of fresh fruit, namely banana and pear. Flavor is really well balanced with light alcohol flavor and more banana. Nice mouthfeel, not too carbonated and nice and crisp. A great beer.

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