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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1647   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 17/20
vyvvy (4777) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2006
2005 Bottle - Pours deep brown with beige head. There is dark fruit, alcohol, Belgium yeast, cherries and toffee - there is that and more, lots going on here. Taste has a lot of what was going on with the aroma. the initial tste is dark fruit, then earth and malt. Alcohol is definitely present on the finish - not as well hdden as many Beligum beers, but it is not offensive either. The finish also has some spiciness. There is a full rich flavor to the beer - thick smooth mouthfeel with light creamy carbonation. Incredible beer to be savored.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2006
vintage 2002. very strong madeira, grapes, alcohol and rum aroma. tastes sweet, rum, alcoholic, vinous(madeira,port) a little fruity and spicy(cinnamon). finishes rather dry, sweet, long and a little fruity. very nice, but maybe a little too old.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2006
this 2005 bottle is a gem! pours dark reddish brown with medium off-white frothy head....aroma is huge in strawberrry, cherry and cinnamon...nice spice notes and caramels present....massive flavor pounds the palate with intense berry and plum flavors, bubblegum, chocolate, and alcohol....about to get another for aging

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
Huge thanks to elnadeau for this beaut, this was possibly the best beligian I’ve had this year. Big flavor, Big body, and a perfect balance between the typical belgian fruity esters and the malt. Not cloying, though definitely heavy. Would like to cellar some of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2006
This beer has been in the cellar for a year and a half. No real difference from a fresh version. Long lasting off-white head. Strong aroma of grapes and dark fruit. A bit different than a Chimay Bleu, for example. Can’t really taste the 11% alcohol. Doesn’t seem to have the richness of the Chimay. I have a few more 2004’s that I hope to try in another year or so. Will re-rate at that time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2007 an aged 2000 bottle. very strong aroma of alcohol and grapes. Looks are a deep redish brown with a short lasting off white head. Tastes much like a wine but with carbonation. It seems like the perfect blend between wine and beer with a champagne kick. I do think that it tastes better after 15 or so minutes after the pour when the carbonation is less dominant. Very fruity flavor, yet strong alcohol taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2006
2000 vintage, over six years old. Poured a reddish brown dark amber color with a thin quick leaving light brown head. Aroma of grapes, raisins, malt, port, and slight sourness. Flavor was port like also with a little malty bitterness. The body was a little light and had very small carbonation bubbles that tantalized the toungue. There was just way to much sediment that I could not get away from. Solid, but I still want to try a more recent one to see what it tastes like unaged. This rating could go up in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - APR 17, 2006
2005 bottle. Very controlled sweetness in the taste. Molasses, vanilla, mild winter spicing (cinnamon, nutmeg), some fruit. Aroma is very mild and minimal and there is not much depth, though what is there is pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2006
Vintage 2000 poured a slight mirky brown with a fluffy off white head. I noticed a ton of particulate. Aroma was raisin with dark fruit and some alcohol heat in there. Flavor was bursting with apple, plum and chocloate..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 11, 2006
Deep reddish brown colour, with an average off white head. Full aroma, spicy, toffee, light roasted, very malty, with some alcoholic-yeasty hints. Full body, creamy texture, Finish is rather strong, spicy, alcoholic ending dry. THis is the top.

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