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


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RATINGS: 1587   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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/25/2012. 11.2 oz bottle (2011 vintage) into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger light cream color with nice texturing around the edge of the glass. Retention isnít that good, unfortunately, but lacing is attractive but sparse. S: Thereís a strong aromatic bouquet of raspberries and chocolate, with underlying notes of cream, crisp pears, toffee, brown sugar, honey, and lavender. I really love inhaling this beer, thereís so much here to take in and enjoy. T: Sweetness explodes on the tongue right from the get go - chocolate and malted milk balls dominate the palate initially. It sounds like this will be hella sweet. Luckily, this features the hallmark of most great BSDAs, that being impressive balance to help tie together the great flavors. Some earthy, flowery hops will try to nudge into the flavor profile midway through, while the finish is (balanced) alcohol, honey and tart dark fruits. The complexity is something you can really chew through and analyze while remaining a delicate, subtle suggestion. M: As a nitpick, this beer sits a bit too heavily on the palate. Otherwise, itís a silky smooth beer thatís clean as a sheet, but with a great residual aftertaste. A little boozy, but nowhere near harsh on the palate. Not quite as carbonated as it seems initially - but maybe thatís because I let it rest for about 15 minutes. O: Wonderfully crafted yet immensely enjoyable. Right up there in the same conversation as Rochefort 10 and St. Bernardus 12 in my mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
venom666 (465) - 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 (15) - 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 (35) - 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 (1023) - 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 (96) - 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, thatís it! Simply amazing flavours.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Gangstergafje (22) - 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 (334) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wanne (18) - - FEB 8, 2015
Very nice brown beer, with a beige head. Malty aroma, combined with plum and raisin accent. The alcohol is remarkably present in the taste which causes for a port- or sherry-like taste. There is also a taste of spices to detect. Unfortunately the bottle was already opened a while before I drank of it, which compromised the taste a bit, especially the aftertaste. Will rate this again in the right circumstances.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smroush (72) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Aroma is fruity - plum is the best description that I can come up with. The heavy alcohol is also apparent. Color is a hazy dark brown. Head is slight. Sweetness dominates the taste. Just a bit of bitterness. Body is medium; texture is slick, with a bit of oil and very slight touch of cream. Carbonation is light to medium. Finish is sweet, plum and long. Overall this is an interesting and quite different beer, especially with the sweet plum notes. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cenzura (183) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 5, 2015
Aroma: dark fruits, raisins, plums and spices. Taste: dried dark fruits, raisins, malts, spices, belgian yeast and classy alcohol. Great balanced sweet beer with full body. Small head, good lacing and medium carbonation. Price [Warsaw, Poland] 42PLN (0,75 bottle)

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