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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4886) - Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2015
2009 vintage. Haha, finally knocked off this one, I believe i bought this in 2010. Great standard quad, nutty molasses and caramel. Rich and thick, very delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jerm719 (135) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Very nice body. Big nose. Dark dried fruits, lots of plums, big banana bubblegum, sweet yeasty bread. Decent alcohol almost brandy-like, comes along with the big body. Little earthy notes in the background. Big and sweet without being cloying. Very long finish. Its a bit sweet for me, but I keep buying it here and there, its a classic !!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2926) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2015
I dont care much for these types of beers anymore but I have to say this one is really good. Brown clear pour with tan frothy head. Aroma is nutty light cocoa, some banana, toffee, and raisin, with a nice earthyness. Taste is sweetish upfront with a drying roasty nuttyness and fruityness on finish. great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1507) - GREECE - AUG 14, 2015
750ml bottle. Dark brown color with red notes, no head. Malty and yeasty aroma, fruity, dark dried fruits, spicy, caramel, some chocolate notes, wineous, wood, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste. Medium to full oily silky body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBoom (152) - POLAND - AUG 11, 2015
Bottle. Very good aroma of dark fruits: cherries, plums. Aroma is very sweet. Beer is very dense. In taste is sweet and very fruity. Great Belgian Strong Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (1216) - Lille, FRANCE - AUG 3, 2015
Bottle from 2010 @ La Capsule, Lille and one from 2000 shared with Dark, happyhoppy and RudolphSayven - Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: nice caramel and malt domination. Good sweet notes, like sirop. Taste: very sweet and smooth. Good palate (degraded with time), caramel and malt. Like a sirop on your mouth. This beer is amazing! Aftertaste: caramel and malt. Sweet brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1445) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Very dark brown chestnut pour, small brown head. Aroma of figs, dates, dark fruit. Flavor of plum, dried fruit, light chocolate. Complex and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
androman (1067) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2015
2014 edition 75cl shared bottle at home from Mitra, Maarssen. Body is hazy dark brown, head is big, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, good lacing. Nose is cocoa, flavor is milk chocolate, candy sweet, dried fruits, brown sugar. Heavy sweet, medium roasty bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bittersweet, medium alcohol warmth. Full body, sticky texture, average carbonation. Nice dessert beer, too sweet for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IngetSlick (73) - - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle from Saveur Bière (2015). Frothy, beige head. Smells nutty, yeast, currants, apple. Tastes nuts, spicy, plum, apricot, apple. A bit salty but mostly sweet with a sugary and bitter finish. Great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeersweden (392) - SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2015
2013 Vintage.
Bought at Systembolaget, Sweden in april - 2014.

Dark mahogny colored, clear beer with a three finger high, beige, creamy head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Caramel, raisin, fudge, toffee, butter, oak, dried fruit, vanilla, sugar and yeast.
Taste: A complex, sweet taste of dried fruit, red berries, nuts, molasses, roasted malt, nutmeg, spices, malt and syrup.
Body: Smooth, complex texture. Light carbonation.

Beatiful beer!

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