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


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RATINGS: 1504   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
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2004
2003. Poured deep brown, with a great aroma coming off of it. Spicy and yeasty, this smells great. Flavor is full of deep ripe fruits (raisins), more spice, and wonderful richness. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
steview (1018) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2004
2003 bottle, duvel tulip glass: ding! this is it! dark brown body with ruby highlight. thick tan sparkling head that clings to the glass and diminishes in a mannered rockiness. aroma, yes. flavor, yes. palate, yes. cremey, smooth, full, rich, satisfying... complete; its style is actually deep. it has just enough of it all to me. fruit, smoke, alcohol, nuts, spice, and caramel. this is not sour. its sweet like vanilla, a bit salty like a smoked meat, and barely bitter as if to balance. mmm, mmm, belgianicious. as it warms, i warm. very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4785) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 I have managed to sample this beer from a bottle several times and each time it raises some in my esteem. Imagine my joy when upon entering my favorite bar I find that they have it on draft. I could not resist.+++ This wonderful brew poured a dark black color with no head to speak of. The aroma was sour fruit and hops with a hint of smoke. The flavor was fruity, slightly sour, slightly malty with a hint of smoke. The fruit lingers on the finish. Absolutely fabulous!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2004
As Grand Cru of the Emperor. Fruity toffee, light vinegar, grapes. Amber brown clear with thin head. Thin body with light-medium carbonation. Sour ale faro combination, pretty sweet with tangy fruit notes. Light vinegar acidity. Fruity wine, alcohol after. Maybe the lines were bad, but I thought it was a Flemish sour ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2004 04 Vintage. Pours a deep mahogany color, tan head, very short lived with very little lacing. Great aroma of port, raisins, cherry, caramel, and candy. Sweet all the way. Flavor was very nice, sweet, candyish, dark cherries, chocolate. Flavor was fairly up front but left no finish. Pretty full body, this bottle said it was 10% and it could not be detected at all. All around a very solid beer, that clean aftertaste was the only thing that took away from it at all. Originally 9/3/7/4/16 On a re-tasting, this showed some signs of improvement, even after only an extra few months in the bottle. Most notable was the longer finish I got.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
2002 vintage--dark red to brown, not much carbonation. Extremely drinkable, with very little evidence of the 8% abv (as stated on the bottle). Malt dominates the flavor, couldnt quite detect the hops.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2004
2003 vintage: dark ruby/brownish color, creamy tan head. nose of toffee, fig, and alcohol. light hoppy start with lively carbonation, creamy texture. sweet malty flavor, light banana/butterscotch? alcohol well hidden. light dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 7, 2004
Awesome dark beer with a mahogany veil to it. Thick head and a nose that pulls me in. Chocolate, tootsie roll, cherry, cream all dance in the goblet. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, with more chocolate, malt, fruit, spice, and a finish that Im still tasting the next day. Great beer though I think Syd is right that a cold winters day might be more appropriate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2004
750 ml Jaargang 2004 Grand Cru of the Emperor - Bottle pours a very hazy black with red glow with a short lasting head. The aroma is bubble gum, yeast, and dark candied fruit. The flavor is sweet, spicy, prune, date, vanilla, and yeasty. The palate is sticky. Overall, this is very, very good but I would enjoy it more with snow on the ground. Thanks Ryan at Cellars!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
guzzlemuppet (2) - new mexico desert, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2004 does not count
750 ml 2002: this is my favourite beer! Dark red lovely color, could just sit and sniff it for hours (actually did I think): nose is all about port and yeast, mouthfeel all seafoam and fizzy cream, reminds me of a chimay reserve. hints of raisen, cork, worthy of a habsburg

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