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


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RATINGS: 1541   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2004
UPDATED: APR 3, 2005 2000 Bottle. Dark, murky brown color with a small tan head. Chunks of yeast floating in the glass make me want to grab a fork to eat this. Not that Iím complaining, I love it! Aroma of dried fruits, molasses and oak. Complex flavor. Malt, raisins, molasses and a bit of bourbon-like flavor at the end. Very dry finish. Tons of yummy yeast at the bottom of the glass. Iím going to have to pick up a young one of these to see the difference, but the 2000 is terrific.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Year 2000...Murky brown.copper color...lots of large yeasties which upped the appearance appeal for me..Whoa, lots going on here. A complex brew...dark fruits, brown sugar, some hops, a wee bit of alc. in the finish,,,dry...very excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2004
Dark amder, nerly red in color. A little bit hazy. Has a spicy and sweet aroma. I can sense a bit taste from alcohol. But the alcoholtaste dousenīt matter. It only brings more to it, in this one. This beer is a new experianse for me. Gives me inspriation to rate more beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
mmmm.....this is a good one. POurs a beep amber/brown with a frothy slight off-white head. Aromas obrown sugar, honey, cocoa. Flavors of brown sugar, slight coffee, and good cigar quality. Fairly sweet. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8196) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
Deep red in colour. Aromas are sweet, earthy and bready with fruit, especially berries - rich and complex. Flavours are sweet malts with raisins, berries and some roast malts. Coffee and chocolate notes are also present with some earthiness and spices. Quite boozy - lip tingling with its alcohol. Spices in there, too. There is a lots going on with this beer. Getting some herbal notes now - almost medicinal and cloying, but only almost. Its, er, boozy, I have 40cl to go...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 28, 2004
75cl bottle, 2003 bottling. Had to coax the head, and then it dropped, bubbly though(cellar temp). Deep dark ruby color...smells very similar to the zinfandel/sugar/vanilla/basil/peppercorn/orange zest reduction that Iím poaching pears in right now! Sweet syrupy cherry brew...warming...elixir...slightly Nyquil?? I guess they do have about the same ABV!! Weíll see if I like this one better next year, as Iíve several bottles left.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2004
Bottle - 2002 Vintage - ABV: 8,5% Murky, amber brown body. Small, brownish head. Nose of apples, malts, alcohol. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavour. Very warm palate - sirupy viscosity - lightly alcoholic. All in the end a very nice beer, worth the extra money spending for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2004
(750ml bottle) Pours a brown body with an average-sized creamy light brown head. Aroma of raisins, plums, and maple syrup. Flavor of dark fruits, apple, and spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle coutesy of ClarkVV: Pours to a dark ruby with a small tan head. Aroma: Almond, sweet grapes, dark malts, raisin, chocolate, soy sauce, floral hops, salty dark malt. Taste: syrupy sweet, overly sweet. Molasses, maple, sweet grains, too much malt sweetness. Over the top in terms of malt sweetness, syrup; unbalanced in terms of the malt....which I almost never say.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2005 2004 botttle. Appearance is a dark burgundy, violet and fuschia colored body, with some dark mahogany and a biig foamy mocha head. Aroma is out of this world. Dark oatmeal stouts, big banana estery foreign stouts, lacto, caramel, toffee, AND DARK CANDI SUGAR. Flavor shows a huge sweetness; cloying, and immensely strong and fatiguing. Itís big, itís good and itís too much. So much residual sugar itís unreal. Sweet to the extreme. It does abate somewaht on the very end, after an hour or so, but it still is a mix of alcohol, strong yeast and boatloads of sugar.

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