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


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RATINGS: 1514   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pentaz (1236) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle - 2013. Pours unclear brown with a dissipating small head. Aroma is raisin, dark fruit, spices and candy. Taste is moderate+ sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat. Finishes sweet and lazy. Not much complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcane7 (1660) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Anurag. Pours a deep brown with medium dense beige head and nice sticky, soapy lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, spicy yeast, candi sugar. Full body, oily texture, well carbonated. Taste is molasses, plums, raisin, apple, caramel. Really smooth for the abv. Really nice Belgian Dark Strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mmahut (945) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 6, 2014
Deep dark amber body, high creamy brown head. Aroma is deep dark chocolate, plums, pralines, light coffee bean notes. Taste is high caramel sweetness, medium to low bitterness. Very sweet, light espresso like roastiness, cherry woody in the after taste. Body is full, medium carbonation. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gwillrich (150) - São José dos Campos, BRAZIL - MAY 5, 2014
Excelente! Aromas de toffe, caramelo, açúcar mascavo, tostado. O álcool da nota contribuição ao sabor. Recomendo

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (166) - CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Pours a deep ruby with a persistent fat finger of tan head and heavy lacing. Nose is dark fruit - plums and raisins - with deep malty caramel and brown sugar. Taste is similar, with a strong sherry character and a fruity finish. Mouth feel is heavy yet smooth, with a distinct but not unpleasant alcohol warming. This is a big beer, tending to the bombastic, yet surprisingly easy drinking. This would probably cellar well, and I’m tempted to stockpile a handful for that purpose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewballs (190) - USA - MAY 4, 2014
A most excellent brew. A Belgian Ale of the highest order. Thin head. Floral, fruity aroma. Sweet and smooth wash down. The sweetness disquises the booze. Regal and noble brew. Thumbs up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vanelst (122) - AUSTRIA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle. Fantastic brew with an aroma of plums, caramel, brown sugar and malt. Taste is dark fruits and intensively caramel sweet. Aftertaste feels like a barley-wine. Will buy this again as soon as i can get my hands on it.!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
murran (133) - - MAY 3, 2014
Pours a dark brown body with a thin head. Faint aroma with a little sweets. Rich taste full of liqourice and more. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ester_ (98) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2014
Dark orange color with a medium persistent foam collar. Aromas of bubblegum, cherry, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, candy sugar and dates. Taste of dry cherry and dates, spices, fruits ans candy sugar. Couleur orange foncé avec un col de mousse persistant. Nez de gomme balloune, cerise, cardamome, clous de girofle, cannelle, gingembre, muscade, sucre candi et dattes. Saveurs de cerises et dattes séchées, épices, fruits et sucre candi.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1628) - Earth, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
A full on winner of a Belgian brew, and by far the best from Gouden Caralous. Everything you’d want from a Belgian, candied sugars, fruits, malts galore, all blended up perfectly in one bottle for your palate. Excellence.

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