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


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RATINGS: 1651   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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.

SimplySike's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SimplySike (1218) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VDuquerroux (773) - Airvault, FRANCE - OCT 12, 2015
Bottle, 75cL. 2013 Cuvée. @Naintré, shared with daddy. A dark brown opaque beer with a medium beige head ; medium retention ; good lacing. Roast, caramel, fig, walnut, toast, raisin, prune. Medium to heavy sweet, light warming, light dry. Medium voluptuous body, medium texture, light silky, medium carbonation, sweet warming toasty finish. Overall, really enjoyable toasty strong belgian ale ; nice texture ; (too easy) drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1482) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2015
Really nice aromas and Flavors of caramel, bread pudding but not sweet, Belgian yeast spice. Not too boozy. Dark caramel color and a weighty plate with an even smoothness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ncube (95) - - OCT 10, 2015
2014 bottle. Drinking Oct 2015. Taste of caramel, chocolate, nuts, dried fruits, fresh bread, ripe bananas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
abergdahl (117) - SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2015
A 2015 bottle, I know I should save it BUT I have another that I will store... Pours almost black, very thin head as is typical for Belgian ales. Aroma with leather and caramel... Taste is amazing, rather lively mouth feel,sweet, caramel, hints of coffee and chocolate bitterness. Yet it is refreshing and inviting. Some hints of warm boozy feel in the palate as well... But not a wine feeling.. Overall.. Amazing

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (3300) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2015
0,75 l flaske fra Bierzwerg.de. Årgang 2013. Dyp klar mahognifarget kropp med et tett beite fingertykt skum. Innbydende smørkaramell- og kandisaroma med krydret innslag av belgisk ølgjær. Kraftig sødme og alkovarme. Fyldig med lang søt ettersmak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dodskenta (113) - Rönninge, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2015
2015 bottle. Dark color with a small light tan head to it. Raisins, figs, molasses, malts and a nice bubblegum/banana yeast aroma. Really well balanced and nice. Flavour is also really nicely balanced. Notes of yeast esters, malts, sweet raisins, candi sugar. Full mouthfeel and velvety smooth texture.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tsd08460 (323) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Aroma: caramel, stone fruits, raisins Appearance: clear dark amber, tan head Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate: full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChefBart (11) - SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 26, 2015
2012 vintage, Pours medium, hazy brown. Tan head. Nose is molasses sugar, dried fruit, especially raisins and jam. Taste is sweet and malty. Tiniest bit of warmth but truly well balanced considering the strength. Rich and full bodied and cloying but in a good way! Truly magnificent beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hrabren (319) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 22, 2015
0.75 l bottle from Pivoteka Zagreb. Missed it in Mechelen back in 2008., finally drinking it. Malty, fruity, dry fruits, syrup, brown sugar, fruit jam. Sweet, heavy alcohol presence. Metallic taste from aftertaste. Fruity sweetness. Medium body. Not impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
josanguapo (406) - SPAIN - SEP 21, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2015 From elcervecero. In Maredsous chalice. Shared with Carlos.So softly drinkable you wouldnt guess its high ABV. Not too expensive (6?) To repeat. 2014 bottle

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