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


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RATINGS: 1591   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1093) - 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 (14703) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2005
2005 bottle. Complex aroma - toffee, raisins, plums, cinnamon and other spices, a whiff of alcohol. Clear ruby-brown with a medium-sized tan head. Malty flavor, toffee and biscuits, on the sweet side, a little fruitiness and alcohol in the finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, smooth, moderate alcohol warming in the chest. A very nice malty Belgian, great winter brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2582) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Pours a medium sized tan head, retention is good. Lightly hazed chestnut color. The head just hanging, sticking to my glass with a sturdy ring of foam. Lucious nose, dark fruits, caramel malts, sweet, faint diacetyl. Creamy palate on a med/full bodied brew. Dark fruits, plums, butterscotch with hints of raisins and a light mustiness on the palate. Alot going on here, an exceptional brew. Sweet fruity finish. A lovely brew. A good ager i,d imagine. Should of enjoyed this alot sooner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Pours a very murky,not unlike a Sherlock Holmes murder mystery,brown with a shitload of it ending up on my kitchen counter.Nose is luscious sweetness.Syrupy and fruity. This taste fantastic.Heavy in the sweetness but lots of overripe fruits and even some kinda’ funky spices white boy.Thick and lingering on the tastebuds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Poured badly by the bartender. Poured a purple color with very little head. Aroma had brown sugar, toffee, caramel, chocolate and rum. Taste kicks your ass with the alcohol at first but smooths out. The toffee becomes quite pleasant as it goes down. Good chemy mouthfeel. Nice find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10546) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2005
750 ml bottle 2004 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of plums and raisins with some vinous notes. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of plums, raisins, molasses and a hint of spice with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2005
2004 vintage. Deep, hazy dark brown body with a frothy, dark cream-colored head. Interesting nose of roasted chestnuts, brown sugar, and earth. Medium-high sweetness with lots of molasses character and some interesting underlying depth. Seems young and the sweetness overpowers a bit. I need to lay a bottle down for a few years to see if this improves with maturity. Good, but not mind-blowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Deep mahogany with a light, frothy head. Aromatics consist of coriander and orange peels (almost like a Witbier). A moderate brown sugary and dark fruit sweetness keeps this well-tempered and uncloying. A sense of cedar in the dry, lingering finish. Alcohol is covered extremely well and only becomes apparent as the brew warms. Perhaps a little thin and watery but, then again, I may have been expecting this to be syrupy. Plenty (in volume and strength) to share with a friend or somebody you want to get friendly with.

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