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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1625   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8600) - 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 (5174) - 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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fordest (2030) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
2004 bottle labled Grand Cru of the Emporer. Wow, what great stuff. Sweet from the get go. Mahogany color with a very large, creamy tan head that left lacing for miles. Aromas were caramel/butterscotch, cherry, banana, and sugar cane. Flavors were similar with a little bit of alcohol, but not much considering how much is really in there. If you like íem sweet, youíll like this one. Yummmmmmmy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2005
My new favorite beer. Beautiful brown caramel color. Toffee chocolate smell which mirrors the taste. It is a little thin in body. If the body was thicker it would be perfect. Malty Butterscotch toffee taste. Gets sweeter as the taste flows. Excellent!!!! Tasted at Bieres & Compagnie 4350 St. Denis, Montreal.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5730) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2005
Bottle, RBESG 2005 Grand Tasting. Golden brown colour. Vinous aroma, oaky and sherry notes. Oaky flavour, brandy notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2005
2004. Brown sugar sweetness, caramel and candy sugar as well as malt. Head fades away to nothingness soon after the pour. Spice, brown sugar, prunes, dates, rum raisin bread and yeast. Plenty going on flavor wise. Syrupy body gives it a nice mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2005
Bottle, vintage 2004. Pretty sweet stuff. Full on butterscotch toffee/caramel, with som light figgy fruit and maple syrup. Some diacetyl. Lots of alcohol showing in the finish aswell. A touch salty towards the end. Just way to sweet and raw.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7510) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Bottle. 2004 Vintage. Dark mahogony beer with a big beige head. Aroma of dates/figs, sweet malt, and some spice. Rich malty flavor with date and plum fruits, spice, yeast, brown sugar, sand some christmas spice. Nice and complex. Some alcohol in aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Deep reddish brown, slightly off white head, rich malty aroma with notes of dark ripe fruits, flavor is sweet, rich plum, cherry, caramel, and vanilla, complex and satisfying, little alcohol noticed. Wonderful beer.

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