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


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RATINGS: 1475   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1590) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2004
Bottle - 2002 Vintage - ABV: 8,5% Murky, amber brown body. Small, brownish head. Nose of apples, malts, alcohol. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavour. Very warm palate - sirupy viscosity - lightly alcoholic. All in the end a very nice beer, worth the extra money spending for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2004
(750ml bottle) Pours a brown body with an average-sized creamy light brown head. Aroma of raisins, plums, and maple syrup. Flavor of dark fruits, apple, and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle coutesy of ClarkVV: Pours to a dark ruby with a small tan head. Aroma: Almond, sweet grapes, dark malts, raisin, chocolate, soy sauce, floral hops, salty dark malt. Taste: syrupy sweet, overly sweet. Molasses, maple, sweet grains, too much malt sweetness. Over the top in terms of malt sweetness, syrup; unbalanced in terms of the malt....which I almost never say.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 2004 botttle. Appearance is a dark burgundy, violet and fuschia colored body, with some dark mahogany and a biig foamy mocha head. Aroma is out of this world. Dark oatmeal stouts, big banana estery foreign stouts, lacto, caramel, toffee, AND DARK CANDI SUGAR. Flavor shows a huge sweetness; cloying, and immensely strong and fatiguing. It’s big, it’s good and it’s too much. So much residual sugar it’s unreal. Sweet to the extreme. It does abate somewaht on the very end, after an hour or so, but it still is a mix of alcohol, strong yeast and boatloads of sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
2004 vintage: Deep brown color and a decent tan head on top. Almond, brown sugar and yeast in the aroma. The flavor is intially crisp and a bit alcoholic. Then it has a maltier complex followed by a very sweet aftertaste, somewhat chocolatey. Quite a complex beer that is making my tired mind even moreso.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 (2001 vintage, rated 2008) Very dark brown, completely vanishing head. Strong plums, figs and raisins in the aroma - some soy-sauce, too. Still slightly sweet, somewhat corky-cellary, moldy-earthy, syrupy flavor. No bitterness to speak of. Medium to full-bodied, almost flat-carbonated. Nice, but seems past its peak. (2002 vintage, rated Nov 2004, 8.5% ABV, 0.75l, was 8-4-9-5-17=4.3) Hazy dark reddish-orange color with small head. Very strong, port-wineous, slightly alcoholic aroma with some anise, cognac, amaretto... Sweetish flavor with an inch of anise and licorice, also some orange-peel, dark toffee. Sugary-sweet finish. Very smooth, quite full-bodied, low-carbonated palate. Very drinkable, and ABV quite well hidden. A very smooth and drinkable, slightly alcoholic, quite complex brew. A lighter and more mature version of Gouden Carolus Noel 2004. Still could mature for many more years...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2004
2003 bottle The emporper seems to have good taste - especially from hearty belgian brown ales. The aroma comes in two waves. The sweet fruitcake is the first thng to catch you - then comes the heat and spice. One could spend many hours speculating on all the items in the mash here. The appearance is deep brown with a ruby hue. The flavor begins with the base caramel, but dives into all kinds of areas (figs, maple, wood, apple). The finish is surprisingly hot and spicy, with allspice and ginger left on the tongue. Very interesting, and could be in the love/hate category. if you like Abbaye des Rocs, you’ll like this beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Tap @ Anam Cara. Nice amber color with decent head retention by the time it gets to proper temp. Aroma of black licorice, brown sugar, grapes and dried fruits. Sweet malty taste with chocolate and even more dried fruits. There is a ton going on in this really complex brew. A bit bitter with a decent alcohol kick.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2005 2001 vintage, 750 ml bottle. Oh yes, this is so good!!! Pours a nice amber coclor, somewhat hazy with an offwhite head. Wonderful aroma from plums and other dried sweet fruits lovely maltiness with nutty tones, toffee and cream. Flavors brings the plums again, fruity and very malty, toffee notes before turning into a bitter finish. Grat lacing on the glass and a full palate. Incredibly good, this one is definately a new favourite. Makes me wishing it was the 24th of February alot more often...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 6, 2004
2000 bottle. Head formation starts as soon as the cork is popped. After a five minute rest the beer is in a pourable state. The floaties in the bottle are stirred up by the carbonation making it look like egg drop soup. Deep brown in color with a garnet color when held against light. Nice aroma blending malt, spices. A little musty perhaps. Medium bodied. Spicey flavors, hints of sugar. Decently hopped. Slightly dry. Very nice.

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