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


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RATINGS: 1620   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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
beerlover500 (8) - BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2015 does not count
Drank the 2013 edition yesterday, bought few years back at the brewery. Must say that the taste only got better. Still a top beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nihtila (1601) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
28.5.2014. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, plums, dark fruits, fig, malts and warmth of alcohol. Taste is sweet, still plums and brown sugar, dark fruits, malts, some raisin. Quite soft. Great Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dhatton (166) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2015
2012 vintage for my 100th rating. Pours dark brown body with a tint of auburn. Loose tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a decent amount of sticky patches of foam. Scents of dark fruits, sweet breads, molasses, and candied nuts. Thick, sweet aroma laced with vanilla, some brandy qualities are also present. Taste is of raisins, ripe apples, toffee, and sweet malts. Alcohol is hidden well. Somewhat dry, tart finish. Fantastic beer, very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
venom666 (541) - Elche, SPAIN - FEB 27, 2015
Hazy brown color with white fizzy head. Sweet aroma, caramel, apple, hints of red wine, plum and cherry. Taste of red apple, caramel, sugar, spices, cherry and plums. Extremely drinkable to be an 11% ABV beer. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WonBall (17) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2015
An outstanding beer reminiscent of the best of the Trappists. Nice aroma with evident fruit and raisins. Pours cleanly, great white head. Lovely malt and chocolate highlights, a touch of maple sugar. Very well balanced. Lasts a goodly time on the palate. Drink it in a wide mouthed glass and it will serve you well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Batavi (123) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2015 Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw, gedeeld en uitgeschonken in Gouden Carolus glazen. Kleur is diep donkerbruin met beige volle schuimkraag. Geur is vol en rijk, zoet, nootachtig met tonen van Belgische gist, rozijnen en chocolade. De smaak is ook zoet en mooi in balans: veel rozijnen, vijgen, pruimen, kersen, vanille en Belgische praline chocolade. Mondgevoel is zacht met een haast romige smaak, de alcohol van 11% is wel duidelijk aanwezig. Echt een heerlijk bier met een zeer aromatische smaak, om rustig te degusteren. Zelden zoveel chocoladetonen geproefd in een bier. De afdronk is fruitig zoet en vol chocolade. Deze Gouden Carolus Cuvee van de Keizer Blauw is een Belgisch bier van uitzonderlijke kwaliteit en smaak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crockett (1031) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2015
2013 Bottle. Pours dark brown/red maple syrup with a medium sized tan frothy head. Nose of sweet booze, fruit, cake. Velvet mouth feel. Alcohol well hidden for something as potentially punchy. Tonnes of sweet ripe fruit providing a sweet and lightly sour malty notes. Milk chocolate. Lemon drop candies. Touches of figs, melons, toasted nuts and browned butter. Finish is toasty, and sweet yeasty bread. Surprisingly non-cloying for a very sweet beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Teran (156) - Belgrade, SERBIA - FEB 16, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015 One of the best beers in the world. Superb on the nose. Clear, dark red brilliant copper bordeaux colour with some beige head, Sour cherry, noble sweet Japanese prunes and toffee caramel. Lightly bitter full body. Perfect palate, that’s it! Simply amazing flavours.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gangstergafje (214) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2015
Very good beer. Way better than expected. Everyone must try this beer. The beer has a a slicht nutty flavor, with a light hint of caramel. The beer has a dark, almost black colour. The beer has a frothy layer of foam. The beer has a medium sweetness, is lightly bitter, with a full body. It is a nice creamy beer with a long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RRistow12 (413) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark brown with thick beige head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is dark fruit like plums, dates and raisins along with some spices. A little bourbon like smell as well. Taste is moderate to heavily sweet with minimal bitterness. Lot of plum on the taste. Dark fruits, belgian yeast and some sherry like flavors. Interesting and very taste beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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