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


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RATINGS: 1724   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cervmagpt (641) - PORTUGAL - JUN 2, 2016
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 26D). Bottle 75 cl - Batch 16013 14:43. AROMA: predominant alcohol aroma with a medium-high solventy note, giving way to a peppery alcohol character. moderate malte intensity with slight toasty notes. APPEARANCE: dark amber color and translucent with ruby body. light brown medium head with average retention. lace formation. TASTE: moderate-high malty sweet flavor with caramel and slight toasty notes. very faint dried plum note. low bitterness with malty balance and a semi-dry finish. PALATE: medium body and creamy. moderate carbonation. smooth alcohol warmth. OVERALL: an interesting belgian dark strong ale without much complexity. good for celaring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xik (8) - FRANCE - MAY 27, 2016 does not count
Une bière exceptionnelle, relativement sucrée et peu amère mais avec une saveur unique, des arômes de café grillé, un équilibre subtil avec une pointe d’amertume très légère. Une bouche agréable, très douce et onctueuse. Seul bémol, le coté sucré peu légèrement écœurer si on en boit une deuxième.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Antonio369 (134) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
75cl bottle, vintage 2015. Served in tulip glass. Poured a dark reddish brown with a two finger tan head. Wonderful aromas of raisins, caramel, dates, vanilla, dark fruits, very vinous. Taste: Raisins, caramel, tannine, dates, figs, dark fruit, vanilla, bread, spices, licorice, Belgian yeast. Lots of vinous qualities. Very sweet. Drinks like a good port. Alcohol is very well hidden and sneaks up on you just after a while. Very bready, chewy mouthfeel. Medium to full body with a vinous, spicy, sweet finish. Overall a delicious vinous beer which will also age magnificently in your cellar. Top Class!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hopverdju (551) - BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2016
Donkerbruin bier met licht beige schuim. Geur: gistkarakter, brood, geroosterde mout. Smaak: zoet, basterdsuiker, fruitig, overijpe banaan. Volmondig en plakkerig. Afdronk: zoet

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JefVerstraete (2808) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle @ home, Vintage 2012. Dark brown, creamy beige foam. Sweet nose of dark fruit, plums and caramel. Very well balanced. Sweet, light bitter finish. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jampura (67) - FINLAND - APR 23, 2016
Aijaijai, vaahto siirappia ja makea olut täyttää makunystyrät. Ei mitään liikaa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GoufCustom (1529) - HONG KONG - APR 23, 2016

750 ml cork bottle ‘2014 vintage’ opened with loud ‘pop’ bought at Craftissimo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.

Looks: Cloudy hazy deep ruby red colour with a layer of yeast sediments; Three-quarter finger head and light beige foam which last for 1 minute; Beautiful sticky lacing with active small carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant and sweet dark malt, with Brandy-like liquor, strong liquorices, strong plums, figs, sugar, spices, bread, strong Bel yeast and lemon.

Taste: Strong sweet dark malt, with strong caramel, light toffee, dark fruits, light red fruits, syrup, light spices, light bread, strong Bel yeast, lemon, light bitter hops and light grass.

Body: Full body. Oily, creamy and very slick palate.

Mouth feel: Solid dark maltyness in a thick and very smooth background. Strong caramel followed by pretty strong dark fruits and touches of red fruits. No apparent boozy taste so common with strong Belgian Dark, amazing! Syrupy sweet but in a nice, slightly nectar-ish manner. Yeasty with moderate lemon to round. Very nice!

Booze: Strong in Brandy-like aroma, the 11.0% alcohol is completely hidden in taste, even liquorices is very light. This is art!

Hoppiness: Spices and lemon in nose. Lemon and light grass in taste. Bitterness is moderately low for a lasting, fairly low astringent sweet malty finish.

After Taste: Slightly dry. Creamy, sweet and light bitter to mouth.

Comments: Compares to hard hitters like Chimay Blue, Piraat, Bush de Noël, etc., this one has the heavy liquor-ish attribute in aroma, yet surprisingly booze-less in taste, makes it very easy to drink if you dig the strong syrupy sweetness. Rather straight forward in taste but taster friendliness is the key. Excellent!

P.S.: What a way to celebrate my 1400th ratings!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mesjasz (873) - Lodz, POLAND - APR 19, 2016
Butelka. Rocznik 2001. Piwo jednak troche stracilo na leżakowaniu lub slabsza warka niż pity dawniej 2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dermi (1079) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 12, 2016
75 cl, bottled. Vintage 2016. BB 14/01/2026. Pours nearly clear red with a pretty decent head. Aroma: Toasted notes, nuts. Spices. Taste: Quite sweet. Toffee, malt, caramel. Spruce. Spicy tones. Red berries. Festival feel, i.e. yule day. Some pleasant mild bitterness. Syrupy overall. Palate: Medium, quite thick body. Syrupy texture. Mämmi. Some mild bitterness in the end. Pleasant peppery notes in the end. Coffee. Enjoyably complex. Good but syrupy. Sipper. Interesting material for maturation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdolfoCC (146) - Veracruz, Veracruz, MEXICO - APR 8, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2016 Jargaan 2015, consumida en 2016, Servida en Tulipán. APARIENCIA: color marrón muy oscuro, con algunos destellos rojizos en la parte baja. Corona de espuma color beige de buena retención, de burbujas compactas en su mayoría, algunas abiertas. AROMA: Muy licorosa, se inhala y exhala el alcohol, muchas notas caramelo, azúcares quemados, melaza, toffee, algunos frutos oscuros ya maduros. SABOR: Mucho caramelo, azúcares quemados, el alcohol se percibe pero sin ser agresivo, las maltas tostadas están ahí, melaza,toffee, frutos oscuros ya maduros como higos, dátiles. El retrogusto es seco, no astringente y se siente el alcohol en la garganta de manera cálida. SENSACIÓN: cuerpo medio algo creomoso con carbonatación media. RESUMEN: una excelente y compleja Belgian Stron Dark Ale que cumple dentro del estilo, muy rica, debes probarla si gustas de este tipo de cervezas,

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