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


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RATINGS: 1572   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2005
750ml. 2003 bottle. Murky brown color. Slight raisin, caramel flavor. Very smooth. Well integrated. Smoothness will become more pronounced with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (4937) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2005
2004 bottle.Deep ruby red with modest off-white head. Liquorice, caramel and bitter chocolate aroma.Soft and oily, full body. Initial sweetness is restrained by good bitterness. Lots of fruit and chocolate flavour. A truly great beer, I cannot wait to get my hands on an older "vintage".

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2005
CvdK 2004. Dark brown with a nice steady head. Sweet nose, raisins, grapes. Again raisins and grapes in the taste, very fruity. Excellent tasteful beer, only the end is a bit off, but the alcohol is very will hidden

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Got a 2003 bottle from Old Town Liquor. Pours thick, clear, orange-brown, with very little head. Aroma is heavily candied fruits, sugars, and raisins. Taste is caramel and candied fruits, with strong malt and holiday spice. Syrupy feel with a slight alcohol burn. Very enjoyable beer, but only a bottle at a time. ------ 2007, on tap at Pizza Port, Solana Beach. Much better this time. hazy mahogany pour with a short white head. More sherry and plum aroma and taste. More vinuous. Lighter mouthfeel. Less syrupy sweetness. All around an excellent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2005
I got four bottles from 2005 and I decided to have the first bottle, aged merely six and a half months, in order to follow the maturing. Poured into Chimay glass. Dark red w/ an orangebrown tone, clear. A small, white, beige head. Smells of fruit, plums, raisin, chocolate and figs. Flavour is strikingly sweet, fruity acid, mild hopbitterness, a warm maltyness and a sourish aftertaste. Warm, rich and mellow mouthfeel. (At the second glass an aroma/flavour of redcurrant and lighter malt appears.) This needs to be aged. The next one has to be at least a year and a half.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (5882) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - SEP 1, 2005
Bottle vintage 2002 - sampled at the RBESP 2005
Cloudy amber brown, tanned head. Somewhat alcoholic raisin and rum aroma. Bready malt, raisins and brown sugar. Mellow mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 bottled, 2004. hazy dark brown w/ beige head. big aroma of sweet plum and alcohol. complex body, the flavor is a mix of chocolate, caramel and fruit w/ typical belgian yeastiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8293) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 2002 vintage
75cl bottle. Pours a rusty orange and brown color, sitting in the glass a murky dark plum and brown hue. Small toast colored head that dies quickly - which explains the low carbonation. Canít say itís bad - because itís not infected or anything, but this is a 2002 bottle so perhaps the age is a factor. Itís a little flat, itís chewy and semi-thick, smells wonderful: dates, wood, brown sugar, maple, spicy sugar and dark roasted plum scents. Spicy yeast consumes the mouth... brown sugar, sweet charred and caramelized woody sugars... very nice, but drops empty on the back of the tongue - lacking body I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5129) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2005
The bottle says 10% and also has a 2004 band around the neck. Pours a very dark brown with a gorgeous ruby color when held to light. A very deep ruby I have never seen before in a beer. The thin head is a light tan color. The aroma is rich and incredible. Caramel candy and some light pancake syrup make this inviting. The taste is caramel with a hint of chocolate. There is also some pear character. Heaven in a bottle! Yes, this is sweet, but not in a way that distracts. The finish is boozy and warming in a very comforting way. There are some notes of a little cinnamon that compliment that fruit. Absolutely wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2005
2004 Bottle of Gouden Carolus Grand Cru of the Emperor: I was going to save this one, but being on the receiving end of yet more bad news told me that a strong Belgian ale was in order. It pours a clear, deep garnet body with brown highlights (or, was that the other way around?). The tall light brown (not tan) head appears creamy, but on closer inspection is a bazillion soft-and-fizzy little bubbles. The aroma is a dark butterscotch with brown sugar and raisins and plums and old cherries and white pepper and vanilla and alcohol and a dollop of milk chocolate and a whole bunch of other things. Itís full of carbonation (but not overly so) and hot with alcohol in the mouth. The flavor is a marvelous blending of the tastes associated with the scents listed above, although probably not in the same order. (I suspect the 11% abv is clouding my memory as much as it did my penmanship when I recorded this experience.) There might be a pinch of licorice here, too. The finish is hot and sweet and Damn, this is a fine drink. I hope I can afford it again some time. Thanks, Het Anker!

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