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


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RATINGS: 1472   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAgutten79 (356) - Skui, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2014
Mørk brun, nesten svart med lavt skum. Aroma av tørket frukt, alkohol, plommer, gjær, karamell og søt malt. Smaken er malt, tørket frukt, karamell og alkohol. Når du tar en slurk føles den først behagelig, mild og litt søt, før neste bølge av smaksinntrykk treffer deg i form av alkohol, malt, men også en fin liten bitterhet. Malt og varmende alkohol i ettersmaken. Medium konsistens. Jeg syns at alkoholen burde vært hakket bedre kamuflert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Psytron (1151) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Smell of sugar, syrup, pepper. Dark brown colour, small brown head. Aroma of alcohol, liqueur, sugar, cough mixture. Finishes with raisins. Rich in carbon. Very sweet, lightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (417) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2014
2006 bottle shared at RBNG. Thanks to Brad for the trade! Pours medium brown with a touch of white head. Aroma is earthy, caramel. This is caramel, sweet, a touch of mineral, a touch of smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhammaren (891) - FINLAND - MAR 15, 2014
.75l bottle from Alko JKL Pours deep dark reddish with low big bubbled head. Aroma is malts, alcohol, caramel, banana notes. Flavor is alcohol, caramel, sweet malts, banana. Swell!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
paul_the_frog (33) - FRANCE - MAR 15, 2014
excellent strong ale. I will definetly want to try it again next winter with a sticky fudge pudding

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (680) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2014
bottle at a bar. poured a dark brown colour with a tan head. carame, fruits as apple, roasted malts, figs, yeast, bit of a alcohol burn

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sdaniel90 (226) - Estado de México, MEXICO - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle, 75cl. Pours a deep, almost opaque ruby/brown colour with little carbonation and a modest, but lively head. Aroma isn’t very intense, but features some pleasant dry fruit and sweet character. Heavy and robust, very complex with a tremendous dark malt presence and strong alcoholic backbone. Very nice to have once a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tide (1455) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2014
Bottle from Alko. Dark brown color, beige head. Bittersweet taste with nuts, toffee, caramel, citrus, plum, yeast, earthy notes and a bit of hops. Velvet smooth body. Bittersweet finish with toffee, caramel, dark fruits and earthy notes. Magnificent belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marstonlad (329) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle from Alko Arkadia, Helsinki. Pours dark reddish brown with a head that disappears completely very quickly - looks like Coca Cola. Aroma is quick to point out that this is, in fact, something much better. It offers dark, plummy fruitiness, sweet caramel maltiness, a hint of licorice and currant. Taste is extremely long; there is clearly a beginning, a middle part and a finish. It features initially medium sweet maltiness, later some ripe warming notes of currant and plum appear. The finish is very light bitter with some sherry-like flavours. A strong, warming Belgian this is, but no alcohol in the taste. The palate is full, the texture a bit sticky and the mouthfeel really soft. An excellent Belgian ale that is in the first class of beers this great beer country has to offer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MattiasA (610) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2014
Backlog 2010 version. Bottle bought at Systembolaget during a temporary release.

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