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


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RATINGS: 1540   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 Re-Rate. A 3.7 is way too low for this beer. I think that it doesn’t reach potential until at least two years aging. I’m drinking a 2006 bottle now, and it’s rich and full like an old Samichlaus, concentrated raisin covered in syrupy chocolate, but not creamy; the flavors are full and difident, but there is a clarity to the mouthfeel that makes this very refined. Portish notes. The very little alcohol that is detectable is a perfect counterpoint to the rich flavors. Rich on the smell, too, with caramelized and syruped brown sugar and some flowerish honey notes. Wonderful beer.

Original Rating. Bottle (2004 vintage) into tulip glass; purchased at Discount Licquor (Milwaukee). Since I bought two bottles of the stuff, I decided to have one now and lay the other one down. While it was good now, every facet seemed like it was primed to age well. The smell was malty and bread-y with very noticable alcohol and an unpleasant acetone tinge. It smelled thick, and it was: syrupy, in fact. Soft carbonation helped the texture, but with the underdeveloped flavors, the syrupy viscosity got to me a bit. Dark reddish-brown in the glass, the head was initially very small and completely disappeared. Despite this, the beer left nice small-bubble lacing on the side of the glass, more so as it got down to room temperature. The taste and feel were much more like a barley wine than a Belgian strong in my mind. It was sweet with dark fruity flavors that I couldn’t distinguish and that I hope mature into complexity. 6/4/8/4/15= 3.7.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1013) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2004
A nice color really complements an extraordinary aroma on this beer. Dark fruits, a little sweetness, and a lot of depth. Flavor has a nice softness to it, and manages to linger a considerable amount of time. A very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 10, 2004
Bottle. Mahogany, translucent edges. Deep fruity flavors, complex. Notes of cherries, green apples, and it’s unrealistically sweet. Between this and Vichtenaar, it’s the night of the excessively-sweet-beers-that-taste-kind-of-like-ci Warming woody malts in the finish; I can see how this would be great served cool in the winter. This is pretty much all ditto of what my bro said, except I liked it a little more...but it’s still not world-class for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2004
What emperor is this the grand cru of? Deep, dark crimson in color, average sized beige head. Fruity, sweet aroma, cherries. Apples and more cherries in the taste, just too damn sweet though, easy guys! It had a syruppy feel to it as well that didnt set too well with me. Definitely drinkable, but I dont understand the hype with the rest of the ratings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2004
Red amber coloured beer with a small head. Malty aroma. Light sweet vinous taste with coriander and liquorice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5365) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2004
2002 Poured a hazy reddish brown color with no head or lacing. Aroma of apples, plums, cardamom, sweet caramel malt, chocolate, and some alcohol. Sweet malty, and spicy (cinnamon) taste with a dry, earthy finish. Light carbonation, and alcohol was noticed at the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2004
2001 vintage stored for three years. Redbrown colour. Fruity sweet aroma with tones of alcohol ,carrots and chocolate. Sweet flavor with chocolate, apple and soil notes. Some bitterness. The 2000 vintage stored for four years is fruitier and more estery in the nose. Interesting tones of malt and vanilla. The flavour is more toffeelike with tones of milk. The rating is 4/8/7/4/17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 17, 2004
An extremely elegant Belgian Ale. Defintitely one to take seriously and savored. Don’t put this one in your tanker it chug. Treat it like the proper lady she is and let her caress your taste buds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
shotgun1431 (127) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Dark amber with a nice tan head. Aroma is of honey and something. The flavor is sweet with strong taste of alcohol and it has a bit of an afterbite. Not my favorite but maybe it would have been better with some age?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2004
Vintage 2000. Oh, sweet lord! Finally im done with HTX (Technical high school) and today i graduted and got my hat. And outside my sweet mom waited with a big bottle of this fine brew. And what a brew! Dark ruby with a nice creamy tan head on top, althoug it does not last that long. Very sweet nose, with prunes and candi sugar. Flavor is also very sweet, almost portlike, prunes again, and a nice touch of alcohol. All the other graduates were celebrated with champagne, but fuck that, beer rules! And this beer ROCKS!

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