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


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RATINGS: 1713   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schytte (47) - - MAR 28, 2016
Den dufter godt, fin skum/udseende & smagen er god - En glimrende belgisk øl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tognetta (659) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAR 27, 2016
2015 - Marrom avermelhado/rubi, média turbidez, espuma bege de boa formaçao e persistência, aspecto cremoso, acima do esperado. Aroma bastante maltado, uva passa, morangos, açucar queimado. Paladar de dulçor intenso, leve amargor torrado do malte. Corpo licoroso, média carbonatação. Álcool incrivelmente não aparenta os 11%. Final de dulçor um pouco exagerado, malte se dispersa mais rápido que o ideal. Muito boa, mas esperava um pouco a mais no geral, aparência e aroma são os destaques.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBHansen (663) - Køge, DENMARK - MAR 24, 2016
Bottle @ DØE Ringsted. Appearance: pours clear red-brown with ok beige head and lacing. aroma/taste: brown sugar, alcohol, dried fruits, a bit of chocolate and some spicy notes. palette: strong malty and yesty aroma, average carbonation, full body, high sweetness, unbalanced by a medium bitterness, long duration and an oily texture. Overall: extremely tasteful, but too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stoned99 (1019) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2016 750ml 2011 bottle shared with Seb. Aroma: candied fruits, licorice, raisin. App: hazy brown, murky, minimal white head, little lacing. Taste and palate: full body, high sweetness. Overall: good stuff but so sweet. Wonder how this was a few years ago. Maybe it didn’t age so well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kingaugusta (181) - Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2016
On draft. Pours quite dark with a quick tan head. Nose is strongly candied and yeasty with a bit of booze, background hops, and a touch of spice. Flavor is an epic exposition of the best things Belgians have to offer: a modest but never too strong sugary sweetness through, huge esters, lots of variation in fruits and dessert feels, a semi-thick feel, and well-hidden but warm alcohol. This is one of the best beers out there and a pinnacle of what Abbey-style strong Belgian ales can be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Melleke (3) - BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2016 does not count
Blijft voor mij een topper! Héérlijk! Klassieker maar zo goed! Mmmmm

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Milter (681) - Nyborg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2016
Wow. En superlækker øl, med masser af lækker smag. til pas med sødme og smag af øl.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MGantzel (184) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2016
Denne belgiske strong ale har et mørkebrunt udseende med et medium hvidt skum. Øllen har en kraftig maltet og sød aroma og smager sødt af karamel og stærk malt, samt en bitter afrunding. Medium karbonering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alteregoo (716) - POLAND - FEB 28, 2016
Pana drobna, nieduża ale trwała, ładnie zdobi szkło. Barwa miedziana, klarowna. Aromat słodko winny, czuć owoce suszone, cukier kandyzowany, syrop klonowy, porto, sherry, melasę drewno dębowe... W smaku od razu zaskakuje gładkością, aksamitnością przypominającą kawę ze śmietanką. Jest słodycz kandyzowanej moreli i niewielka kwaskowość czerwonego jabłka, ciemne winogrono, figi, przypalany karmel, delikatna ziemistość i likier czekoladowy. Goryczka niska, pikantno ziołowa. Wysycenie średnie, treściwe, wyklejające, z nieźle ułożonym alkoholem, który objawia się w postaci charakterystycznego rozgrzewania w gardle.
Ciekawe piwo, dość gęste, kisielowate jak na Belgian Strong Ale, co akurat zaliczam na plus. Nieco przeszkadza mi w odbiorze jabłkowa kwaskowatość, ale ogólnie dobre piwo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hikeg (235) - - FEB 28, 2016
2013 batch. Pours clear dark copper with small creamy head. Aroma is caramel, molasses, nutty, toffee, sugar, alcohol, some vegetable, some cola. Heavy sweet, medium bitter, light acidic, sweet aftertaste. Body is full, palate is oily, carbonation is soft. Aroma and taste is typical for Carolus.

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