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


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RATINGS: 1717   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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.

Hateball16's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hateball16 (105) - - DEC 2, 2012
Appearance: Almost ruby but slightly lighter, like caremelized brown sugar but with a reddish tint. Small off white thin head, fades quickly. Small bubbles adhering to the glass but I think that was my bad for not rinsing with cold water before pouring. Aroma: Cornucopia of boozy dark fruits, port like smell. Barnyard but in a good way (likely a by product of the yeast). Flavour: Lovely resiny (like honey) and fruity taste balanced well by nice toffee/caramel toastiness. Plums and prunes or figs prominent. Mouthfeel: Warming due to the 11% ABV but not overpowering and quite welcome on a cool evening after an afternoon of raking leaves! Not harsh in the finish at all. Overall: I am going to the LCBO tomorrow to pick up 3, which I will compare to this one, per the company this one is excellent to store several years!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
partchapol (88) - Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Smell of malt, caramel, floral, dark fruit. Come in dark brown with thin creamy crown. Taste of malt, caramel.... way too sweet for beer. Sweet overcome every other good things. Right texture, slightly slimy. Everything is good just need less sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chromeotaphor (141) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
Een van de meest prachtige romige caramelachtige binnenkomsten..Een portige zoete en heerlijk smeuig in de afdronk. Fruitig en verfrissend een zachte bitter en zachte afdronk. Een bier om te koesteren. Prachtige combinatie tussen de smeuigheid en de romigheid met een tintelende en prikkelende carbonatie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SeniorZozo (1037) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 2, 2016
Wonderful and complex flavour with cocoa and fruit hints with roasted notes. An absolute wonder!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cervmagpt (622) - PORTUGAL - JUN 2, 2016
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 26D). Bottle 75 cl - Batch 16013 14:43. AROMA: predominant alcohol aroma with a medium-high solventy note, giving way to a peppery alcohol character. moderate malte intensity with slight toasty notes. APPEARANCE: dark amber color and translucent with ruby body. light brown medium head with average retention. lace formation. TASTE: moderate-high malty sweet flavor with caramel and slight toasty notes. very faint dried plum note. low bitterness with malty balance and a semi-dry finish. PALATE: medium body and creamy. moderate carbonation. smooth alcohol warmth. OVERALL: an interesting belgian dark strong ale without much complexity. good for celaring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xik (8) - FRANCE - MAY 27, 2016 does not count
Une bière exceptionnelle, relativement sucrée et peu amère mais avec une saveur unique, des arômes de café grillé, un équilibre subtil avec une pointe d’amertume très légère. Une bouche agréable, très douce et onctueuse. Seul bémol, le coté sucré peu légèrement écœurer si on en boit une deuxième.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Antonio369 (109) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
75cl bottle, vintage 2015. Served in tulip glass. Poured a dark reddish brown with a two finger tan head. Wonderful aromas of raisins, caramel, dates, vanilla, dark fruits, very vinous. Taste: Raisins, caramel, tannine, dates, figs, dark fruit, vanilla, bread, spices, licorice, Belgian yeast. Lots of vinous qualities. Very sweet. Drinks like a good port. Alcohol is very well hidden and sneaks up on you just after a while. Very bready, chewy mouthfeel. Medium to full body with a vinous, spicy, sweet finish. Overall a delicious vinous beer which will also age magnificently in your cellar. Top Class!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hopverdju (469) - BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2016
Donkerbruin bier met licht beige schuim. Geur: gistkarakter, brood, geroosterde mout. Smaak: zoet, basterdsuiker, fruitig, overijpe banaan. Volmondig en plakkerig. Afdronk: zoet

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JefVerstraete (2755) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle @ home, Vintage 2012. Dark brown, creamy beige foam. Sweet nose of dark fruit, plums and caramel. Very well balanced. Sweet, light bitter finish. Nice sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jampura (46) - FINLAND - APR 23, 2016
Aijaijai, vaahto siirappia ja makea olut täyttää makunystyrät. Ei mitään liikaa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GoufCustom (1471) - HONG KONG - APR 23, 2016

750 ml cork bottle ‘2014 vintage’ opened with loud ‘pop’ bought at Craftissimo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.

Looks: Cloudy hazy deep ruby red colour with a layer of yeast sediments; Three-quarter finger head and light beige foam which last for 1 minute; Beautiful sticky lacing with active small carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant and sweet dark malt, with Brandy-like liquor, strong liquorices, strong plums, figs, sugar, spices, bread, strong Bel yeast and lemon.

Taste: Strong sweet dark malt, with strong caramel, light toffee, dark fruits, light red fruits, syrup, light spices, light bread, strong Bel yeast, lemon, light bitter hops and light grass.

Body: Full body. Oily, creamy and very slick palate.

Mouth feel: Solid dark maltyness in a thick and very smooth background. Strong caramel followed by pretty strong dark fruits and touches of red fruits. No apparent boozy taste so common with strong Belgian Dark, amazing! Syrupy sweet but in a nice, slightly nectar-ish manner. Yeasty with moderate lemon to round. Very nice!

Booze: Strong in Brandy-like aroma, the 11.0% alcohol is completely hidden in taste, even liquorices is very light. This is art!

Hoppiness: Spices and lemon in nose. Lemon and light grass in taste. Bitterness is moderately low for a lasting, fairly low astringent sweet malty finish.

After Taste: Slightly dry. Creamy, sweet and light bitter to mouth.

Comments: Compares to hard hitters like Chimay Blue, Piraat, Bush de Noël, etc., this one has the heavy liquor-ish attribute in aroma, yet surprisingly booze-less in taste, makes it very easy to drink if you dig the strong syrupy sweetness. Rather straight forward in taste but taster friendliness is the key. Excellent!

P.S.: What a way to celebrate my 1400th ratings!

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