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

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RATINGS: 1587   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Matt_Foran (73) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 4, 2015
Wow! This is one of the best Belgian beers I have ever had! The aroma is strong with raisins/dark fruits. The taste is boozy with more of the dark fruit, from the Belgian yeast strain. Finished nicely on your palate. This is wonderful, will check out more from them!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy_Luke (423) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Brązowy kolor z beżową, niezbyt trwałą pianą. W aromacie owoce - śliwki, wiśnie... Bardzo przyjemne aromaty! W smaku owocowe nuty dominują, alkohol idealnie ukryty, wyczuwalny tylko przez rozgrzewanie w przełyku. Niskie wysycenie. Bardzo łatwo się pije, trzeba więc uważać, żeby nie przesadzić...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsandBolts (138) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
750 ml bottle from the LCBO. 2014 version.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown with a finger of tan head. Retention is short and there is little lacing which is surprising for a Belgian ale.

Aroma: Hint of malt and I thought I picked up some baking spices like nutmeg and allspice but the aromas were very muted.

Flavours: Malt, Belgian yeast baking spices, bit of caramel and toffee, figs, prunes, grain.

Mouthfeel: Thin with high carbonation.

Overall: A nice Belgian ale but with very little aroma even as it warmed up. There was a fair bit of complexity in the flavours so it was enjoyable overall.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (813) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
Strong boozy raisin scent. Hazy brown with lacy head. So smooth and so good in the mouth. A flavour journey. Not nearly as boozy as expected from the scent. Warming. Pleasant. I needed this.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (473) - HUNGARY - JAN 28, 2015
Gyönyörű belga főzet testet öltésének lehetünk tanúi a Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw pohárba töltését követően, külső jellegzetességei az előzetesen elvárt módon formálódnak tökéletessé, átlátszatlan kólaszínéhez mennyeien krémes habpaplan tojáshéj árnyalata ad kontrasztot. Selymes, krémes, bársonyos illatok, mindenféle jelző helyénvalóvá válik az aromák terén is, ami egyébként leginkább a textúrát lenne hivatott jellemezni. Füge, datolya, vörösbor; aszalványok, magvak tejszínes fürdőjének nyalábjai kapaszkodnak össze puha szálaikkal - összetéveszthetetlen belga aromák. Ahogy az lenni szokott a kivételesen minőségi főzetek esetében, az illatok adta körvonalakat mesterien harmonikus módon tölti meg tartalommal az ízjegyek kifinomult játéka; utánozhatatlanul krémes szerkezetben testesülnek meg a mazsolás, aszalt szilvás, gyümölcskenyeres komponensek. Simogató, tejszínes karakter öleli körbe az egyébként igen érett, nemesnek ható szerkezetet, amit a vörösboros, egyszerre túlérett és fanyar gyümölcsös hangulatok elegáns alkoholfátyollal fedett jellege biztosít. Amellett, hogy hibákat nagyítóval sem igen találunk benne, határozottan érlelésért kiált a főzet nagyszabású teste, így aki kellő eltökéltséget érez magában, mindenképpen tegye el egy pár hosszú évre, az eredmény valószínűleg lehengerlő lesz.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DrRizzotto (14) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - JAN 21, 2015
Caramel, coffee, toast, bread, cereal, basement aromas, alcohol, woody, licorice, skunky

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Radiactiveman (6) - mexico city, MEXICO - JAN 20, 2015 does not count
La mejor cerveza que haya probado. Una elegancia el envase. Un sabor increible. Sin duda la mejor de mi colección

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Canmoore (298) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2015
Pours a nearly opaque ruby red, with a frothy head. Aroma includes notes of liquorice, plum, dates, and rich esters. Tasting notes include robust plum, liquorice, and rich dark fruits. The palate is warming, and hides the alcohol exceptionally well. This is an excellent Belgian!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MunBro (609) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
Very nice and well balanced beer. Sugary/boozy flavours of raisins, plumbs, currants, etc; also brown sugar, sugar, spices, licorice, toffee. Has a nice warming.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
cargo150 (846) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
Belle couleur brune avec un col assez résistant. Aromes d’herbe, caramel, mélasse, alcool. Assez complexe, mais ce n’est pas mon genre...


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