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

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RATINGS: 1553   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2005
(Bottle 75 cl) Vintage 1999 at 8,5% ABV. I bought this at the brewery at the day of itís release. Great show with some sort of reenactment of the arrival of Keizer Karel in Mechelen. Wonder if that happens every year at this beers release or if was a one off? Anyways, this is an excellent brew. Dark brown with a huge, frothy, light-brown head. Extremely full-bodied, full of good ingredients. Loads of roasted malt with notes of syrup and dried fruits - dates in particular. Sweetness indeed, but more fruity and fresh - which is unusual for itís kind. a great beer indeed. 070500

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1285) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2005
2005 addition from 750ml bottle. Pours a bubbly light brown, mostly clear, with a very small amount of quickly dissapating offwhite head. Almost looks like a glass of soda. Aroma is very pleasant. Tart raisins, champagne, alcohol, sweet fruit. Flavor is definitely strongly influenced by the alcohol content, but at the same time rather smooth. I feel almost like someone crossed a glass of slightly bubbly champagne and a bottle of raisn dí entre. Overall, I found this bottle very interesting and enjoyable, though its definitely not an every day thing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghawener (1472) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUL 10, 2005
2004 Vintage: Amber, copper color with a medium beige head. Aroma is sweet, coffee, burnt chocolate. Taste is bittersweet with tones of dark chocolate, caramel and licorice. Alcohol is a bit too strong.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 A Mes rate: ***RE-RATE*** 2005 bottle from Moeder Lambic. Having had a hell of a lot of this over the years I figured it was worth a re-rate. I have had every vintage available of this glorious stuff and in my opinion the 2005 bottles are among the best. Deep dark red amber with a reasonable off white head. Nose of liquorice, sugar, molases, amazing sweet malt, caramel and just some light alcohol. Flavour has much more alcohol but not at all off putting. Cinnamon, bread, spice, ginger, spruce and liquorice. Awesome burnt caramel too. Complex as hell. Excellent body. Yes it is very sweet and if you dont like your beers on the sweet side it will not go down too well but for me it is one of my most regularly purchased beers and I love it everytime. ***ORIGINAL NOTES*** (Score: 7-3-8-4-17 = 3.9) Yup itís very good stuff. I have to buck the trend however and say personally I prefer the G.C. Noel. Ok down to business. Small head that cleared rather quickly unfortunately but I suspect this may have something to do with how this particular bottle had been stored. Murky mud brown body. Nose is glorious. Deep chocolate orange with smoky caramel and a spirit type hit there too. Palate is excellent, thick without feeling like syrup, just the right carb and goes down wonderfully smooth. Flavour is cherries, vanilla, caramel and slight mint??? Spruce maybe. Strange but good. Two things let it down for me. It has that hint of muskiness as if it has been allowed to pass its sell-by and the sediment has started to take over (this is only very slight but I noticed it with my first sip) and also the alcohol hits you right at the end and seems to spoil an otherwise very impressive finish. Ah well, what do I know? Hereís to Charles the Fifth!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Draught. Looks like pomegranate juice with a thin white head. Musky, dark fruit aroma with prune dominating. Creamy mouth feel. Flavors of plum, coal, some spice, alcohol. Has a dopplebock quality to it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2005
Pours muddy brown with a beige head. Sweetened liquorice nose. Spicy flavour with hints of raisin, plum and clove. Residual sugars. Full bodied.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3178) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2005 2004. Thanks to robertsreality for supplying this beautifuly 200th beer! Enjoyed with shitty fireworks and a group of losers...Pours rusty red brown, slightly murky and topped with copious amounts of a warm woody tan head. Aroma is bright, spicy, and backed with some yeasty warmth. Flavors are complex and deep, but suffer on the palate level. The flavors morph and change as the beer warms and moves around in the mouth. It starts with a rich, cherry vinous domination, with lots of wine and brandy. It warms up, gains a good head of spicy alcohol, before finishing with a good rounded glowing yeast and bread profile. The palate is one leveled, sweet and hot from alcohol, without much change throughout. Aftertaste seems weak and diminished. Iím surprised by the noticable effects of the hops in this beer, I would have expected a more diminished quality in that regard, but appreciate the roundedness they added to the beer. By far the best Belgian Ale Iíve had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Bottle at OíBriens - thanks to Tom and Harold. Pours a slightly hazy rosy brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is very spicy with lots of caramel, moslases, and dark fruit notes. Flavor is also heavy on the dark fruits, maple syrup, brown sugar, clove and other spices. Full body and creamy smooth carbonation. Delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2005
2004 vintage. Poured a rich and hazy dark rosewood under a tall, creamy and very long lasting dark beige head. Curtains of lacing clung to the glass from start to finish. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, raisins, bread, alcohol and yeast. Flavors were a swirling symphony of caramel, vanilla, sweet malt, pepper, molasses and plums. The flavors intensified and became more enjoyable as the beer warmed and even though the alcohol content is high, its flavor is well hidden - it actually supports the other flavors. Finish is long, smooth, sweet and warming. If you are a Belgian fan, this is a must - buy as many as you see and cellar them.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JUN 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2006 2003 bottle consumed late June 2006. Poured a cloudy brown body with almost no head. Aroma was very fruity... lotsa dark fruits. Also notes of caramel and sugar. Sweet finish, medium bodied. 3 years of time mellowed out the flavors but also made it quite one dimensional.


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