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


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RATINGS: 1561   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.

SimplySike's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SimplySike (963) - The Hague, - APR 7, 2013
75cl. Bottle. Pours clear ruby/brown with tiny tan head. Aroma cherry, apple, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, yeast, spice. Taste vanilla sweet, bit sour, little bitter. Mouthfeel slik, creamy. Really nice beer. Complex, great nose and taste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thellgren (312) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2014
0.75 l bottle from Alko. Brown colour with big tan head. Well, there is no use of talking about malts and hops here, really. This is butterscotch, caramel, Coca cola tasting wine. Quite nice, but I would prefer a bit darker bewerage. Maybe I should have waited until 2020 or something. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good one, but I just expected something more complicated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2271) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 25, 2014
2013 bottle shared with a buddy. This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking hazy to dark brown color hinging close to black. A light one finger white foamy head appeared and fell within about a minute leaving some sticky lacing running here and there. The smell had a a glossed over cinnamon to raisin - esque Belgian sticky sweetness. It didn’t have as much spice as I was hoping it would have. The taste was mainly sweet with a light champagne to raisin aftertaste leading to a sweet sticky finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation seemed good for the style and for me. Overall, I say this was a pretty good Belgian Strong Ale. I’d have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jookos (2624) - FINLAND - DEC 24, 2014
.75 bottle. Dark brown. Belgy yeasty estery, dark fruity, malty slight raisiny, old suitcase, leathery sweet. Full bodied, smooth nice, dried prunes, malty. Very nice drinkable quad. Smooth, flavourful nice.

-- bb

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (2202) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 24, 2014
Oh my goodness. Glass from a magnum from 2009. Boozy, dark fruit, sweet, candy sugar, apple and pear, lovely and rich. Xmas cake. So smooth and easy in spite of strength. Winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
webroel (2) - DENMARK - DEC 23, 2014 does not count
Nice deep brown colour, rich in taste and aroma. At first a very smooth taste but a bit too alcoholic when the beer is going through your throat. A great beer for a winter evening, pure relaxation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (829) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with medium sized off white head. Very sweet malts, lots of peach, milk chocolate, wine gums, vanilla icecream, spices and some cognac. Full bodied and very nice creamy feel, with quite some alcohol presence. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (1355) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Aroma of malt, caramel, plum, sweet fruits, hint of chocolate, candy sugar, spicy notes, raisins. Flavour is quite sweet, a bit too syrupy for me. Thick and full bodied. Nice ’dessert beer’.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andy_ (777) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 20, 2014
750 ml bottle
Brown to ruby red beer with blonde big head. Aroma has anise, Belgian yeast, sugar, toffee, dark fruits and raisin. Flavor has sugary and toffeey sweetness with raisin and dark fruits. Quite full palate with quite strong carbonation. Very little bitterness but long aftertaste with dark sugar, toffee, raisin and Belgian yeast. A nice sweet dessert beer for slow sipping, Alcohol does not come through at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElManana (516) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle from Hopduvel. Nutty brown, quite a decent head which lasts for a while. Nose is caramel, almond, hazlenut, alcohol, brown sugar, smells lovely. Taste is lots of caramel, hazle nuts, brown sugar, syrup, very sweet. Lovely beer, one of the best Belgian strongs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby reddish brown with a short lived beige head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, spices. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, red berries (strawberry, raspberry, cranberry), brown sugar. Finish is caramel, brown sugar, warming alcohol feel and port wine. Lingering spices, pepper, menthol and tobacco. Full body, boozey mouthfeel, average to strong carbonation. Very heavy, but so good!

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