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


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RATINGS: 1603   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Teran (115) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 16, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015 One of the best beers in the world. Superb on the nose. Clear, dark red brilliant copper bordeaux colour with some beige head, Sour cherry, noble sweet Japanese prunes and toffee caramel. Lightly bitter full body. Perfect palate, that’s it! Simply amazing flavours.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gangstergafje (133) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2015
Very good beer. Way better than expected. Everyone must try this beer. The beer has a a slicht nutty flavor, with a light hint of caramel. The beer has a dark, almost black colour. The beer has a frothy layer of foam. The beer has a medium sweetness, is lightly bitter, with a full body. It is a nice creamy beer with a long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RRistow12 (384) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark brown with thick beige head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is dark fruit like plums, dates and raisins along with some spices. A little bourbon like smell as well. Taste is moderate to heavily sweet with minimal bitterness. Lot of plum on the taste. Dark fruits, belgian yeast and some sherry like flavors. Interesting and very taste beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wanne (36) - - FEB 8, 2015
Very nice brown beer, with a beige head. Malty aroma, combined with plum and raisin accent. The alcohol is remarkably present in the taste which causes for a port- or sherry-like taste. There is also a taste of spices to detect. Unfortunately the bottle was already opened a while before I drank of it, which compromised the taste a bit, especially the aftertaste. Will rate this again in the right circumstances.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (103) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Aroma is fruity - plum is the best description that I can come up with. The heavy alcohol is also apparent. Color is a hazy dark brown. Head is slight. Sweetness dominates the taste. Just a bit of bitterness. Body is medium; texture is slick, with a bit of oil and very slight touch of cream. Carbonation is light to medium. Finish is sweet, plum and long. Overall this is an interesting and quite different beer, especially with the sweet plum notes. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cenzura (214) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 5, 2015
Aroma: dark fruits, raisins, plums and spices. Taste: dried dark fruits, raisins, malts, spices, belgian yeast and classy alcohol. Great balanced sweet beer with full body. Small head, good lacing and medium carbonation. Price [Warsaw, Poland] 42PLN (0,75 bottle)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Matt_Foran (86) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy_Luke (537) - 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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsandBolts (158) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gilvanblight (818) - 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.

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