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


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RATINGS: 1651   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omega (817) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 18, 2015
Wish someone would brew this beer for me every birthday as it is a stunner. Rich and rounded with a bit of syrupy goodness that is to expected at this alc content.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jrwhitney6 (389) - - SEP 14, 2015
Pours light, translucent brown. Taste is the top of creme brûlée - burnt sugar. The alcohol is completely hidden. This is a good one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ysok02 (466) - MOns, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2015
Une robe brune, une belle mousse. Un nez superbe qui allie des notes maltées, chocolatées, épicées, de la fourrure, du cuir, et du houblon. Bouche à l’attaque ample, une superbe présence de bouche, une longueur kilométrique et une finale parfaitement équilibrée. Une très grande bière qui pourrait évoluer quelques années.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidezdonz (96) - , HONG KONG - SEP 13, 2015
A 750ml corked and caged bottle. 2014 vintage with a best before date of 29th April 2024. Poured into a Chimay goblet. The beer poured a dark brown colour with a slightly less than one finger tan head which quickly settles to a nice thin creamy layer leaving spotty lacing. Strong aromas of caramel and toffee, also lots of dark fruits, plum, raisin, prunes, dates, fig with hints of butter. Taste is on the sweet side with dark fruits dominating especially plum, raisin, fig and prunes. Caramel and toffee are in the background and hints of banana and bubblegum sweetness at the finish. Smooth and creamy, light warmness, medium bodied, light carbonation. Overall a very good beer that is a must buy for me. Even at 11%, you don’t taste the alcohol. Great for a late night sipper. I’m going to age a few bottles and see what happens!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ulysse (358) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2015
Fresh yeast aroma upon opening the bottle. Weak in the glass though. Powerful sweet and alcoholic taste. Feels like caramel and sticks to the mouth. A rich heavy brew prefect for a cold winter night. Creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (4224) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 10, 2015
Sample at beer bloggers conference, Brussells 2015
Rich, dark fruits, figs, caramel, slick, low carbonation, warming, black cherries and prunes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strangebrewer (1014) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2015
bottle, 2013. Poured murky reddish-brush with a creamy tan head. Subtle aroma, slightly tart and alcoholy. Medium body, creamy smooth carbonation with a buttery mouthfeel. Flavour of dark fruit, sherry-like, sweet molasses and anise notes, an earthy quality to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (3379) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle, deep dark brown with a lasting fine head, lightly woody and toasted toffee nose, sweet and warming, notes of liquorice and toffee, a little cocoa and earthy herbal bitterness, a bit cloying in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourilevesque (580) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
Merci à Ju-Lo pour la dégustation, cette bière fut partagée sur la terrasse en compagnie de Mademoiselle Irina, Dominique et Carine. Cheers! La bière est très foncée, entre noire et brune. Parfaitement opaque avec toutefois quelques minces reflets rubis, de belle mousse et de fortes bulles, la bière pourrait très facilement passer pour une Quadrupel/ABT lors d’un test à l’aveugle. Nez de malts vieillis, de raisins bleus et de vanille; je suis émerveillé! Je pourrais passer une soirée complète à respirer ces arômes caramélisés et je ne parviendrais sûrement pas à nommer chacune des teintes composant cette palette aromatique tant celle-ci est complexe. Rondeur impériale et douceur divine, cette bière veloutée ne laisse aucunement transparaître ses 11% d’alcool. Je ressens du sucre brun chauffé à la gazinière, de la crème brûlée, des figues, du caramel, toffee...C’est tout simplement miraculeux! Merci Seigneur pour cette offrande!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bierridder_S (356) - BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2015
25/07/2015 @home – 75cl bottle “2013” from Bierhalle Deconinck Hazy brown with sticky foam. Dark malts, caramel, spices, dark fruits, creamy, sweet, some licorice, easy drinking but however complex taste.

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