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


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RATINGS: 1520   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11056) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2010 2003 tasted in 2005: Red-brown and cloudy, with light brown head. Plum dominated fruity aroma. Sweet flavour, but in a pleasant way, a bit too much alcohol though.

2004 tasted in 2010. Opened during Jeff Bridges’ Oscar speech, when obviously I should have been drinking White Russian instead. Great head duration and lacing. Caramel aroma with rich dried fruit, a bit on the oxidized side. Rather dry and vineous flavour with fruit and toffee. 8-5-8-4-16 = 4.1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
legion242 (2174) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2005
Medium garnet in color. Medium head. Nice dark fruit nose. Cola- Pepsi. Rather thin. Can’t state enough how much this tastes like Pepsi. Little alcohol is evident.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2005
I keep on trying Belgians because every once in a while I get a good one (Westvleteren Abt 12). This wasn’t one. Reddish brown with a small beige head. A lot going on in the aroma. Fruit, spice, malt, yeast. Nicely carbonated and medium bodied. The flavor was, well, putrid. Just not pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Not bad not bad. Thanks be to brooklynboy for sharing this fine beer with me. I just wish That I enjoyed belgians more. Darker in colour with a small to non-existant head. The nose is maltish and the taste is rusty with some malts in it. This thing would actually be very good if it didnt have that yeast and belgian taste to it. Oh well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2917) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2005
2003 Bottle. Nice dark ruby red appearance. Dark small tan head. Lovely alcohol and malt aroma. Very sweet flavour, almost molasses like at the start, with a ton of alcohol. Body is on the medium side. At first this beer was a little tinny and way too boozy but it completely transformed after a few minutes in the glass - by the end I was really enjoying it, as it almost became like a really strong Bock. A nice experience, thanks for the trade Boutip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3055) - Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2005
This one pours a dark brown with a good, tan head that that is slow to fade. The carbonation is high and it continues in sheets of bubbles long after the pour. The aroma is heavy in overripe and dried fruits with a noticeable alcohol presence. The body is very sweet, almost cloying and heavy in the overripe bananas and raisins. Perhaps it woudl be a tad better if it were dried out a touch, but it’s possible the alcohol would be too strong and unbalance the beer that way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2005 Neck label says "2000": Pours brown with a thin head that fades quickly. Bubbles continue to break the surface. Aroma of banana, biscuit, caramel, clove, and a slight alcohol. Flavor is of a nice mix of caramel, biscuit, banana, dark fruit, and a slight spice underneath. Slightly sweet and fairly robust. Nice complexity. Yet still fairly drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 11, 2005
2002 Version, thanks to matta for this one! First off, this is a beautiful beer. Garnet colored, with a large finely textured head and nice lacing. The aroma is a little disapointing, a little bit winey and sweet, but the flavor more than makes up for it. Bready, yeasty, with a tiny bite from the alcohol...it’s almost perfect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wacher (129) - Århus C, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2005
2004: Mørkebrun øl, med fyldigt og holdbart mørkt skum. Dufter af søde kirsebær. Smager af portvin, rørsukker, kirsebær. En anelse krydret. Alkoholprocenten er vældig godt skjult. En vældig god øl (jysk underdrivelse). Hvis man absolut skal komme med indvendinger, er den måske en anelse på den søde side - men ikke meget.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (6572) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2005
Dark brown beer, with large head. Long lasting sweet palate. Lots of alcohol (11%) but nice hidden in the great flavor.

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