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


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RATINGS: 1504   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RussianDragon (290) - - APR 23, 2014
2004 Vintage on April 23, 2014. Pours a murky brown with light barely passing. Tan head fades to lasting wisp. Sediment is visible when backlit. Aroma is banana esters, dark fruits, Belgian yeast and spice with a chocolate malt presence. Flavor is massive, with notes of dark fruits, subtle spice, malts and sweet yeast. World class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nicke80 (75) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
75 cl bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours nut brown with little head. sweet aroma with caramell flavours. Balanced with nice sweetness and great taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (494) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2014
2012 bottle. Pours a deep ruby/caramel with a film of a head. Aroma has big notes of dark fruits, raisins, caramel, and mild alcohol. Taste is on the sweeter side but fruity. Dark fruits, caramel, and candy sugar with a drawn out sweet aftertaste. Medium body with a medium-high carbonation. Effervescent carbonation with a dry finish. Overall very nice. Big dark fruits with a sweet taste. Would get again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2278) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2014
2012 Bottle .... Opened with a nice pop .... Deep plum pour with a creamy off white head .... aroma is of caramel malts, chocolate and light roasted malts with a dark fruity yeast ... think plums and figs in the aroma with a light belgian candi sugar ..... taste is of dark fruits (plums/figs), chocolate, caramel malts with a very light roasted malt and belgian candi sugar .... carbonation is soft and it has a nice creamy mouthfeel and lightly bitter in the finish .... abv is hidden well .... has aged well and has everything you want in a belgian strong

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7898) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2014
Etched glass bottle from backlog. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of toffee, raisin, dark fruit, Belgian yeast, candi sugar and spiced prune. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (878) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bottle, aroma is sweet candied dates, taste is similar with a cherry alcohol finish, nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpkeskinen (181) - FINLAND - APR 12, 2014
Drank from a plastic cup at a party. A dark, good looking beer with a sweet and smooth taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RoNo (57) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
2013 Bottle 75 cl from systembolget. Dark brown to black. Medium size foam that is offr white. The aroma of hazelnuts, plums, vanilla syrup and toffee. Pleasant sweet and soft mouthfeel. A very enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cenzu (33) - - APR 11, 2014
the scent was edged by strong metal. a sweetness dominates the first taste but the strong alcohol resides for a long visit in the aftertaste.

-- via beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamTheBarrel (376) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2014
750ml 2013 years vintage brown corked and caked bottle, with a stylish looking golden lettered label, rated 11% ABV, poured into a Tulip glass. Appearance is hazy dark mahogany with a medium sized thick tan head, that reduced slowly leaving some lacing. Aroma and flavour of dates, figs, prunes, toffee, caramel, raisins, dark muscovado and a hint of spices. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied, syrup like oily sticky texture and soft carbonation. Overall a majestic beer with complex pleasant flavours dominated by caramel and dark fruits, a little too sweet but the alcohol is completely hidden.

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