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


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RATINGS: 1599   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3221) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Dark, a little head, streaks of lace. Aromatic with tons of raisin, rum and tart edge. Something about this really reminds me of grape soda but with what Charlie Papazian woudl call "Real beer flavor!" (There’s always an exclamation point with Charlie; he’s very passionate.) Slightly spicy with drying alcohol and some caramel notes as well. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2004
2004 Vintage. Cloudy, opaque amber brown w/ a generous, creamy light beige head. Soft, sweet aroma of fruit (plum, cherry), yeast (banana, bubble gum) & malt (caramel, cookie dough) w/ notes of vanilla & wood. Soft, velvety feel. Sweet, malty, fruity flavour is smooth & rounded, but w/ some tart, woody undertones. Finish is dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6586) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 13, 2004
Dark amber, nicely presenting ale .Small crown for such big beer. Sugars , alcohol , yeast aroma , cherry , plums and other dry fruits . Flavour is dominated with plums , got some woody wet feel . Notes of hops and caramel malt . Big Belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Thanks to whoever brought this to the Toronto Christmas Party ’04. Lots of alcohol here in the nose with toffee, bananna, strawberry, candy apple. Super toffee flavor, cinnamon, apples, caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2012 2012-12-23. Dark brown, good sized tan head. Aroma is quite sweet, sugary and malty, light alcohol. Flavour is similar, lots of sweet sugary malt, fruit, light alcohol is very restrained considering the alcohol content. Smooth average plus to medium bodied palate is softly carbonated. Good, but I don’t remember it being this sweet before. 7/4/7/4/15 Bottle from the LCBO

2003 Vintage Rated Jan 2005. Red brown body, big fluffy beige head. Lots of alcohol overpowers the aroma of malt, and notes of anise, and brown sugar in the aroma. This fades a bit as the glass goes on letting the other factors better emerge. Flavour has lots of sweet alcoholic malt, notes of brown sugar and molasses, but not cloying. The second half of the glass is better than the first. Medium to full bodied. Thanks for sharing Tupalev. 6/4/8/4/17

2004 Vintage, Toronto Christmas Party. First beer in my new grade school throwback notebook. Reduce reuse recycle baby! Dark brown body with a moderate tan head. Sweet malty aroma, with a touch of tart undertones. Very small hint of licorice or cane sugar and a touch of alcohol. Flavour is quite sweet with pleasant malt and sugar flavours. Bit simplistic I thought but quite enjoyable. Palate is a touch light for a belgian. Cahier d’exercise! 7/4/7/3/17

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2588) - Finspång, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 2001 bottle ABV 8.5% Red-brown colour. The foam gushed out of the bottle when I opened it and there wasn’t much left to make a head in the glass. Chocolate and toffee-aroma with a hint of vanillia.Fruity flavour with notes of chocolate and toffee. The alcohol gives the finish some extra bite.

2002 bottle ABV 8 % Red-brown colour, rich head. Not so pleasant aroma: sweaty socks and cheese. Fruity and warming flavor. Judging by the aroma this bottle must’ve gone slightly bad.

2004 Bottle ABV 11 % Brown, reddish colour. Rich head. Chocolate and toffee-aroma with fumes of alcohol. Round, soft, rich & warming toffee flavour. The alcohol shows up in the finish.

I think the youngest version was the best!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Mmm, caramelly and very sweet. Scotchy too. Very scotchy. The alcohol is deceptive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2004
UPDATED: APR 9, 2005 2002 bottle. Nice big head and full body. Has an aftertaste reminiscent of cloves. Perfect in the way of carbonation. I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys Abbey style ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - 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 I’m 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. I’m 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.

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