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


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RATINGS: 1598   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle at RBESG grand tasting, August 2005. Mid brown colour. On the nose there’s lots of caramel and toffee, with that Belgian candi sugar thing and a touch of chocolate. More caramel on the palate, with suggestions of licorice and stewed, jammy fruit. Sticky and a bit sweet for me. Could do with a bit more acidity to cut trough the sweetness and ends up slightly cloying. Not as special as I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2005
Bottle courtesy of santa in July. Pours deep mahogany brown with little head that fades fast. Aroma is fruit and candy sugar with some sweet caramel malt, faint yeast as well. Huge sugary sweet flavor, with all kinds of fruit. Banana, pear and apple. Some more caramel with a slight alcohol burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (21752) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2005
Bottled (2002, 8,5%). Hazy brown colour, small beige head. Alcohol, malts, caramel. Flavour sweet caramellish malty with hints of plum, alcohol a bit bitterness. Quite complex to both aroma and flavour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Highly alcoholic smell, astringent and spices. A good amount of sugar is present, but this beer would do very well to be aged for a year or so before drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (13446) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2005
Bottled vintage 2002, alc. 8.5%
Hazy nut brown, small steady off-white head, lace. Sweet fruity (plum, date, even cumin), yeasty - Westy 12 -like. 3-yrs ageing gives some earthy notes. Loads of brown sugar in the flavor - starts really sweet, earthy notes, fruityness, alcohol kick in the middle. Salty aftertaste. Very Het Anker -like... now I need later vintage to compare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Pours reddish-brown with a thick, mid-sized white head. Very sweet and fruity aroma--mostly plum and raisin--with a lot of yeast and bread. Sweet and leathery flavor, with plum and anise. The middle is thickly alcoholic, and it finishes dry and slightly funky, with some nice warming. Will be excellent in a year or two.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 11/04/2008. Clear dark brown body with ruby highlights and a creamy off-white head with light begian lacing. Sweet raisins, rum soaked fruit, caramel, molassas and candi sugar aroma. Raisin and candi sugar flavor with some rum-soaked fruit and caramel. Medium full body wtih rather low carbonation and a syrupy finish. 7/3/7/3/13-3.3 11/28/2005: Dark brown color with a fully diminishing head. Lightly alcoholic aroma. Caramel taste and a syrupy texture 6/3/8/4/16 - 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2005
750 ML bottle 2003: Hazy medium chestnut brown w/ a lasting cream colored head. Spicy yeast, toasty malt, and diacetyl. Heavy plum and raisiny fruit aroma! Bready and brown sugar aromas along with clove and black pepper yeast aromas. Well balanced flavor with peppery yeast, brown sugar, and caramel malt flavor. A bit of green caramel apple flavor w/ some plums.. A semi sweet finish w/ a toasty malt flavor and brown sugar aftertaste. Highly carbonated, almost hot alcohol(very warming), lighter medium body. Nice toasty and bready flavors from yeast and malts. a bit on the hot side, but very good overall.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tigersguy (1) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2005 does not count
As close to perfection as I have tasted.Beautifu; reddish brown pour with thick vanilla colored head that clings to the glass. Aroma is tantalizing mix of toffee and fruit with a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is just right...not too sweet and for content alcohol is not overpowering at all. Overall this Grand Cru is worthy of your attention not to mention consumption!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (14762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Bottle, 75cl corked and caged. Pours a hazy brown body with a nice beige head leaving some cute lacings. Prunes, alcohol, sherry, sugar and some spices in the aroma. The flavor follows the same path, with a lasting alcohol and a slowly growing bitterness. Lasting finish with a nice bitterness. Warming, full-bodied mouthfeel. I’m not sure if this beer is very suited for cellaring, but it’s a really lovely one. Rating: 8-4-8-4-17-4.1. (080730)

Bottle, 75cl corked, 2004 vintage cellared for three years. (RBNAG 07) Pours an orange-brown, almost clear body with a big, dense beige head. Has the lovely, sweetish aroma with dried fruits, notes of tea and spices that I remember from last sample. The flavor is almost as wonderful, with sweetness, malty beef-stock, spice notes and some tea-like hints. Full, sugary mouthfeel. It’s a beautiful beer, maybe a bit on the sweet side, but I like it! Rating: 8-4-8-4-16. Leaving the old rating as that was from a fresher bottle.

Bottled, vintage 2004. Brown with a light tan head. Sweet, fruity, malty aroma with some alcohol. Flavor is much the same, with the caramel-sweetness dominating. Maybe too sweet. Warming sweet and bitter aftertaste. Gorgeous beer with a little too much sweetness. (051028)

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