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


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RATINGS: 1741   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ZodiacM (870) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2016
Editie 2016. Mooi robijn rood/bruin bier. In eerste instantie een metalig aroma (bloed?) maar dat veranderde snel in rood fruit. Smaken van rood fruit, gedroogd fruit, pruimen, mout. Een flink zoet bier, maar heel lekker zoet, alcohol is bijna niet te proeven. Een prachtig bier. Binnenkort maar eens een paar flessen aanschaffen om te laten rijpen in de kelder.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beers0mniac (114) - Joensuu, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2016
Dark reddish brown with silky smooth head that stays long. Aroma of raisins, plums, dark fruits,sweet malt sugar. Sweet sugary taste with plums, raisins, and dark fruits. Finishes with sweet syrup. Overall this is very good beer, challenging yet sweet and alcohol doesnt taste on it at all. Spicy chocolate cake in bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (462) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2016
Vertical tasting with 2013 and 2015 releases. Brown color. Aroma of brown sugar, yeat, fruits, raisins and caramel. Sweet taste of dried fruits, raisins and apricot. The 2013 year release is a bit more mellow and that adds to the balance. Sweet finish with some lingering spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jyrsa (506) - - JUL 4, 2016
Dark clear reddish brown with small light brown head. Dark malt, herbs, caramel and belgian yeast. Sweet and complex with lots of herbs and earthy tones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
partchapol (96) - Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Smell of malt, caramel, floral, dark fruit. Come in dark brown with thin creamy crown. Taste of malt, caramel.... way too sweet for beer. Sweet overcome every other good things. Right texture, slightly slimy. Everything is good just need less sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chromeotaphor (148) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
Een van de meest prachtige romige caramelachtige binnenkomsten..Een portige zoete en heerlijk smeuig in de afdronk. Fruitig en verfrissend een zachte bitter en zachte afdronk. Een bier om te koesteren. Prachtige combinatie tussen de smeuigheid en de romigheid met een tintelende en prikkelende carbonatie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SeniorZozo (1274) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 2, 2016
Wonderful and complex flavour with cocoa and fruit hints with roasted notes. An absolute wonder!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cervmagpt (668) - PORTUGAL - JUN 2, 2016
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 26D). Bottle 75 cl - Batch 16013 14:43. AROMA: predominant alcohol aroma with a medium-high solventy note, giving way to a peppery alcohol character. moderate malte intensity with slight toasty notes. APPEARANCE: dark amber color and translucent with ruby body. light brown medium head with average retention. lace formation. TASTE: moderate-high malty sweet flavor with caramel and slight toasty notes. very faint dried plum note. low bitterness with malty balance and a semi-dry finish. PALATE: medium body and creamy. moderate carbonation. smooth alcohol warmth. OVERALL: an interesting belgian dark strong ale without much complexity. good for celaring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xik (15) - FRANCE - MAY 27, 2016
Une bière exceptionnelle, relativement sucrée et peu amère mais avec une saveur unique, des arômes de café grillé, un équilibre subtil avec une pointe d’amertume très légère. Une bouche agréable, très douce et onctueuse. Seul bémol, le coté sucré peu légèrement écœurer si on en boit une deuxième.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Antonio369 (171) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
75cl bottle, vintage 2015. Served in tulip glass. Poured a dark reddish brown with a two finger tan head. Wonderful aromas of raisins, caramel, dates, vanilla, dark fruits, very vinous. Taste: Raisins, caramel, tannine, dates, figs, dark fruit, vanilla, bread, spices, licorice, Belgian yeast. Lots of vinous qualities. Very sweet. Drinks like a good port. Alcohol is very well hidden and sneaks up on you just after a while. Very bready, chewy mouthfeel. Medium to full body with a vinous, spicy, sweet finish. Overall a delicious vinous beer which will also age magnificently in your cellar. Top Class!

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