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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1741   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5544) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2006
2004 bomber. Pours dark brown into a trappist glass. Caramel, fig, dates, raisins and brown bread aromas. Slight head clings to rim and leaves thin lacing. Medium bodied and fizzy with lasting fig finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DYCSoccer17 (3638) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Well, now that I see the score of this beer, I see I am in the vast minority. Fuck it. On tap at The Half Door in Hartford, CT. Very citrussy orange-like aroma...almost smells false. This is extremely orange-like and very sweet in the nose. Brown sugars are abound. Smells like one of those info-mercial orange cleansers. Ugly hazy opaque dark brown color with an off-white, frothy head and decent lacing. Very ugly. Very citrus-like orange flavors to start, turning sweeter with brown sugar flavors. Light ethanolic present later. Overly one-dimensional. Basically orange juice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rederic (3257) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
Bottled 2005, hazy dark brown hue, with a frothy tan-colored head, with laces, the nose is one of a rich roasted malt, caramelized malt, notes of molasses, brown sugar, dried dark fruits, and a touch of spiciness in the aroma, follows through on a full-bodied palate with a smooth sweet caramelized malt, toasted malt, with some molasses, brown sugar and chocolatey pralines notes, nutmeg spiciness, with a mellow portoish character, with a downy liqueur-like accent, some fruity notes of raisin, prune, date in the background, leading towards a burnt caramel malt and an alcoholic warmth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghunte02 (29) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2006
on tap at flatrock. cloudy brown w/ lasting fluffy head. dried dark fruits, malty finish. this one is clean and nice- drink if at all possible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2006
On tap at The Map Room. Pours an opaque amber with a thick and foamy head. Dark dried fruits such as raisans, prunes, and cherries assault the senses. Vanilla, candy sweetness and warming alcohol finish this one nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (1053) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2006
I picked up this 2004 vintage corked and caged bomber from Bullock’s in Marietta. Although great care was exercised in not shaking the bottle during the uncaging and uncorking ceremony, I still found a gusher in my hand that lost about an ounce of liquid on the desktop. I had never seen a beer form a head in the bottle before this one. The body was deep burgundy in color and after the initial rush of carbonation; there was little head to speak of. The beer looked cloudy in the wine glass, while little light coming through. The bouquet was rich and layered with aromas of fig, plum, raisin, toffee, chocolate, and maple. The malt also presented itself on the tongue as a sweet and warm taste reminiscent of port wine. Alcohol was not as well hidden as I though it would be, with distinct warmth that was pleasing. Not much to counter the sweetness, as there was hardly any hop presence. The beer was smooth and slippery on the palette with a prickly, peppery, and alcoholic aftertaste. Two years of aging was not enough, as the rough edges were still a little grating. Can do better with eight more years I think.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 5, 2006
2005 bottle at gputty’s Friday tasting. Clear, dirty copper pour. Tan head. Nose is caramel and some spiciness, plus the slightest touch of mint. Lively, vinous mouthfeel, with flavors of caramel, toffee and an underlying spiciness. Lovely BSA!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Thanks goes out to gputty for sharing this brew. Poured from a bottle a dark reddish brown with good tan head. Aroma was spicy with some sweet caramel coming through, it was a little vinous with an ever so slight alcohol aroma. A Damm good smelling brew. Flavor had strong caramel malts some dark fruits came out and it had a very good alcohol finish (not too strong). An excellant brew and would be honored to drink more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
From bottle. pours a dark brown with hints of red. Tan head. Nose is spicy, with dark fruits and coffee. Flavor has some apple, pear, more dark fruits and a hint of sour. Great finish with just a hint of alcohol. Very complex and rewarding drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle (2004): Hazy ruby with a lasting light brown head. Huge port wine, caramel, toffee, biscuit, raisin and prune aroma. Soft, tingly medium-full bodied. Sweet caramel. Warming port wine. Nice rainsins and chocolate. Really refined, tasty and just plain good.

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