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


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RATINGS: 1528   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 It was superb, good in all the fields. BUt since I opened it didn’t stop to flow through the neck of the bottle, I didn’t like that, but after serving i, it was ok.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Deep brown-red with a wispy mocha head. Nose sugary, lots of molasses, bit bready. Also some chocolate and caramel, interesting smell. First hint of flavor is deep sweetness, raisin, molasses, and licorice, then definite candy sugars. Quite vinous, very lots of grapes. Finishes a bit musty, intriguing. Not sure how to charcterize the mix between the sugars/dark fruit and mustiness, a dark saison? Funky dubbel?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - MAR 7, 2005
[Vintage 2003, 11% alc] Dark brown colour, with reddish shine. Big creamy head, long lasting. Ripe fruity aroma, ripe banana, chocolate, toffee, raisin. Taste is sweet malty, bready, liquorice flavor and bitterness. Full body, creamy texture. [Vintage 2004, 8.5% alcohol] Less banana aroma, clean note of vanilla, chocolate, toffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
taste like plum and a bit spicy the alcool is present but not too agressive. a good beer to drink with some friends and a good dinner

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2005
Bottle at Fall Beerfest In Toronto 2004. Brown in colour. Aroma of gingerbread, plums, malt and candy. Flavour was quite sweet, some yeast and sugar, small amounts of alcohol come through, ginger and sourdough bread. Medium-large body, medium carbonation. Finishes malty and long. Pretty damn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Liquid sex, just incredible nose with plums and black currant, cocoa and coffe beans, raisins and merlot grapes. a beer to enjoyed with good jazz, great food and better company.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2005
Classic sweet candy and fruit and bready aromas emerge from thsi rich brown ale. Verysmooth and fruity with some chocolate notes occasionally too. A very good beer that I look forward to trying again - cheers Tim.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4250) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2005
Black beer with a ruby coloured base and a very nice head. The aroma is very strong and intensly alcoholic, the flavour is very malty with a light bitter finish. Overall a nice strong beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christian (11131) - 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 (2201) - 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.

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