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


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RATINGS: 1709   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
blackmetal (185) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
Wonderful and complex flavour with cocoa and fruit hints with roasted notes. An absolute wonder!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Erasmus_ro (2264) - Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle, vintage 2012. Pours a dark brown with a decent, beige head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit, prune, date. Taste is sweet with caramel, prune, date. Liquorice, cinnamon. Full, tad too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NateH10s (59) - Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2015
2015 Bottle in Trappist glass A - Amber brown with thick beige head A - Caramel, Plums, sweet and malty T - heavy sweet, lightly sour, lightly bitter, P - full body, thick rich creamy, average carbonation, long finish O - wonderful rich beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jaumix (11) - Malaga, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2015
Vintage 2013. Sweet dark coloured body. Very rich and hints of chocolate, very malty and dark fruits. Excellent to share due to the intense flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2964) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 24, 2015
December 24, 2015. Bottle, 2012 vintage.
Clear deep amber red with a small off-white yellowish head. Aroma is sweet with toffee, prunes, plums, hints of licorice and spices. Taste is very sweet, light bitter and hints of alcohol. Finish is sweet, light fruity and spicy with caramel, prunes, figs, pear and warming alcohol. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
Quite sweet but with a very nice balancing bitterness and light boozy notes in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anstei (872) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle, 2014 vintage. The regular Gouden Carolus Noel is already incredibly good, but this one is even smoother, rounder and better balanced. What a beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (2074) - Garching, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2015 Vintage 2014. Brown color with tan head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel, lots of darkness and mystic character. Taste is spicy, dark caramel, very rich. A Belgian Strong with character, and so many Belgian Strongs lack character!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeevan (231) - SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2015
2011 batch. My 7th 750ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark brown. Off white head. Nice lacing. Sweet dark fruits, caramel and Belgian yeast aroma with slight hints of Shiraz red wine. Taste is full flavoured dark dried fruits, caramel, a rich sweetness. Smooth. Boozy warmth. Lovely

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gubihumle (540) - Nørre Aaby, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2015
Flaske. farven er rødbrun og skumkronen er lysbrun. Aromaen er malt og alkohol medens smagen er alkohol, blommer, kaffe og vanille. Bestemt en øl der er anbefalelsesværdig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
msbernac (1571) - Krakow, POLAND - DEC 11, 2015
2013 Bottle Aroma-caramel, honey, dark fruits Appearance-dark amber, hazy, tan foam, Taste-heavy cloying sweetness, lightly sour, lightly bitter, Palate-full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish, Overall-perfect

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