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


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RATINGS: 1520   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 (747) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (2163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle at Appellation. Pours dark brown, nose is nutty, caramel, fruity, taste is roasty, fruity, sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamestulloch (1355) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle, tasting at Appellation Wines. Chestnut body with a thin beige head. Light lacing. Aroma of nuts, filter coffee, leather and raisins. Flavour of fig, lightly roasted malts, filter coffee, red wine and nuts. Medium body with a smooth, oily texture. Soft fizz. Rich and complex. An outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bygers (758) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle 0,75l. Pours a brown colour with a ruby off white head. Aroma is sweet, plums, raisins, ripe fruit and malt. Taste has sugar, plums, dried fruits and alcohol. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
IvoR (70) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle aged since 2009 (I forgot about it). Pours lovely dark caramel color with small white head. Aroma is overwhelming and amazing: raisins, walnuts, caramel, even hints of chocolate. Flavor is a continuation of the aroma except much bolder and with a sweet finish. Alcohol is not dominant in the flavor, although I immediately feel the warmth from it. This brew is a contender for the top of my list and aging must have brought the best in it. Just wonderful!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1430) - Fischer, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2014
A fruit forward aroma - plums, raisins, hints of figs. A solid brown pour with an off-white ring and minor lacing preceeds a palate of soft fruit sweet flavors. Plums, figs, candi sugar, and hints of cherries in the finish. Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Overall, a well crafted beer that is to relished with every sip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchPls (546) - FINLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Dark brown beer with a beige head. Mild citrus and other fruits on the nose, some cherry for example. Very sweet. Lots of caramel, raisins, some sherry, anis and alcohol. Medium carbonation and medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bobblehead (24) - Kansas, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Excellent beer, 750 ml bottle, poured into Trappist glass, dark brown beer with minimal tan head, caramel, slight sweetness, strong alcohol, a fantastic beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (1350) - BELGIUM - AUG 19, 2014
Luxury version of the famous Classic, brewed every year in February and bottled in 75 cl bottles with cork. Yellowish beige, regular, delicate and not very stable head, bronze colour. Aroma of candied fruits, cherries, Belgian chocolates, port wine, amaretto, maraschino, honey, marzipan, liquorice and in the beginning an ethereal spicy smell of cloves and aniseed. Candied cherries in the mouth, candi syrup, honey, deep caramelly maltiness, very vinous, port-like, drying in the finish due to the alcohol, even a little bit wry. Still a great beer with interesting ageing potential. Older versions were less strong, less spicy and closer to the old Gouden Carolus Classic; and should have had separate entries here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (905) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
75cl bottle at home. Dark brown with a medium off-white head with low retention. Full body with low carbonation. Sweet with herbal bitterness. Dark ripe fruits, raisins, caramel, brown sugar and warming alcohol. A complex quality brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mikske79 (1118) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
Zoín typische smaak dat sommige mensen dit heel lekker zullen vinden, maar het was niets voor mij

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