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


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RATINGS: 1562   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jamesthebrit (298) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2014
12 oz 2013 bottle. Smell is huge. Dates. Plums. Sugary. Wine. Dry. Boozy. Rum. Roots Looks fine. Dark brown. Tan head. Wow powwow that is intense! Flavors like the smell. Super complex. Smooth. Sweet dried fruits fade to more yeasty earthy notes with no harshness. Palate is smooth. Carbonation compliments and holds a good mouthfeel that fades to dry with amazing flavors lingering. Well guys..... 277 beers in (plus 200 more from another certain site I was banned from) and it’s finally happened. The perfect beer. I always imagined it would be from founders but this is it. Amazing flavors, perfect on the palate and pleasing to the nose. An absolute must.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlimHabib (233) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle pour. Dark brown with a large creamy tan head. Great aroma with Dark fruits, cherries, dates, raisins, and brown sugar. Creamy full body. Not overly flavorful, somewhat disappointing compared to the rest of the beer. Taste is mostly dark fruits, dates, and a very light alcohol finish. Extremely light alcohol taste for the percent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ametras (502) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
[2012] 75cl bottle. Murky reddish brown with a frothy beige head. Flavors are bread, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, cherries, dates, chocolate and alcohol with spicy notes. Intensively sweet, it hasn’t really subsided in two years. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, smooth texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (87) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2014
2011 vintage, 75cl bottle @ home. Pours ruby brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, raisins, plums and dark fruits. Flavour is very sweet and light bitter. Body is medium to full, slick texture, average carbonation. Finish is sweet and flavourfull. It’s a sipping dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markoijelena (693) - Belgrade, SERBIA - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle 0.75l taste 0.25l at Bles Bier Happening 2014 Zottegem Belgium.Pour it dark colour with medium white head.Taste and aroma of sweet cherry, candy sugar, strawberry, plum, dark fruits, wooden barrel.Great

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Moravius (604) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 21, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2014 „Jaargang 2011". Flasche (75 cl) von Bierpost.com, 3 Jahre im Keller gelagert. - Tiefstes Rotbraun, klar. - In der Nase schwere weinige Süße, süßes dunkles Malz, überreife Pflaumen und eine zarte fruchtige Säure. - Im Antrunk schwere dunkel- und karamelmalzige Süße, Crème brûlée, Mokka und Weinbrandkirschen; perfekt abgeschmeckt mit zarter fruchtiger Säure. Mild rezent, vollmundig; anders als Gouden Carolus Classic nicht dünn im Mund sondern vollmundig und schwer. Im Abgang mild holziger, sonst unauffälliger Hopfen, der den idealen Hintergrund für die weinige Schwere bildet. Der enorme Ethanolgehalt erinnert an Weinbrand, ist aber perfekt eingebunden und macht sich nur in weiniger Schwere bemerkbar, ohne fuselige Anklänge. - Großartiges Starkbier, das schwere Malzsüße, reiche süße Frucht, Röstmalz und pikante Säure in kaum zu verbessernder Weise verbindet. Eine relativ frisch (2012) verkostete Flasche desselben Jahrgangs fand ich damals noch zu süß, aber dieses 3 Jahre gelagerte Exemplar ist perfekt, mit der idealen Dosis zarter Säure, die den üppigen süßen Malzkörper auflockert und genießbar macht.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mutz (641) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2014
Donkere kleur, kraag zakt snel tot een laagje op het bier. Ruikt zoet, likeurig. Smaakt zoet met port tonen en een beetje wrang. Nasmaak van port. Best goed maar te zoet voor mijn smaak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wolfcarnival (110) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 16, 2014
Drunk in beergeek with cam and pavel. 100th rate!!!! YOURE THE BEST.. AROUND!!!! NOTHINGS GONNA EVER KEEP YA DOWN!!!!
cam had it in mind for my 100th and it was spot on. pours dark amber with a creamy head. aroma of dark fruits, caramel and spices. taste is amazing. its full of cherries, raisins, toffee, vanilla. but it doesnt get too sweet. the alcohol, herbs and hops tie the great flavours together. its so well balanced. its super smooth, not too fizzy, and warming as you go. probably my new fav beer. cheers for a great night boys

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arcanor (86) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
750ml bottle from LCBO. Pour dark reddish brown with a fast disappeared head. Aroma of plum, sweet caramel malt and hint of liquorice. Lot of sweetness, light bitterness, strong taste of Golden Carolus. Full body, average carbonation with a long sweet finish. A very nice heavy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (968) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 750ml bottle poured in my Grimbergen chalice. 2006 Vintage. That’s a fantastic beer! Really, not much more to say about it. Top 50 Belgium, for sure. A: Brown cloudy color. Nice small (one finger) creamy head. S: The nose is just fantastic. Dark fruits (plums), toffee caramel, the wonderful (really wonderful) Belgium yeasts, oak and wine. T: Even better. Wonderful malt taste. Strong and Fruity. Balanced sweet. And, once again, the wonderful Belgium yeasts taste. M: Medium body. Very well balanced sweetness-bitterness, medium to low carbonation. D: Excellent. Despite the high ABV it’s very drinkable. Highly recommended. [ BA Review @ 4/1/2010 ]

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