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


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RATINGS: 1625   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.

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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
williamstome (1348) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2015
Very dark brown chestnut pour, small brown head. Aroma of figs, dates, dark fruit. Flavor of plum, dried fruit, light chocolate. Complex and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
androman (919) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2015
2014 edition 75cl shared bottle at home from Mitra, Maarssen. Body is hazy dark brown, head is big, beige, creamy, mostly lasting, good lacing. Nose is cocoa, flavor is milk chocolate, candy sweet, dried fruits, brown sugar. Heavy sweet, medium roasty bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bittersweet, medium alcohol warmth. Full body, sticky texture, average carbonation. Nice dessert beer, too sweet for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
IngetSlick (59) - - JUL 23, 2015
Bottle from Saveur Bière (2015). Frothy, beige head. Smells nutty, yeast, currants, apple. Tastes nuts, spicy, plum, apricot, apple. A bit salty but mostly sweet with a sugary and bitter finish. Great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeersweden (345) - SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2015
2013 Vintage.
Bought at Systembolaget, Sweden in april - 2014.

Dark mahogny colored, clear beer with a three finger high, beige, creamy head. A lot of lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Caramel, raisin, fudge, toffee, butter, oak, dried fruit, vanilla, sugar and yeast.
Taste: A complex, sweet taste of dried fruit, red berries, nuts, molasses, roasted malt, nutmeg, spices, malt and syrup.
Body: Smooth, complex texture. Light carbonation.

Beatiful beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wojciechianna (157) - Poznań, POLAND - JUL 7, 2015
75cl bottle from 2008, 11% abv. Dark brown color. Aroma of dates, sweet raisins and malts. No alcohol in aroma. Tastes sweet, fruity and malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beelzebrox (44) - Enschede, NETHERLANDS - JUL 2, 2015
75 cl bottle at home. Dark brown to black color. Nose roasted malts, caramel, yeast, some citrus. Taste toffee, brown sugar, alcohol, yeast, some red fruit. Mouthfeel kinda sticky and sweet dry, with little hoppy bitterness. For me the sugars are way too overwhelming, despite all the flavors that it does have to offer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4678) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2015
750ml c&c bottle from Tim for Fathers Day. Poured a hazy orange brown with a larger creamy light beige head. Aroma is rather vinous, fruity, plum, brown bread, dough, red wine. Medium mouthfeel, smooth with lighter carbonation, and a long lingering aftertaste along with a good dose of heat. Flavor of red wine, prunes, plum, dry breads, grains, dough and yeast. Good stuff but BIG and it doesnt hide it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Achel (176) - GREECE - JUN 22, 2015
Poured from a 750cc bottle. Cloudy dark brown with a beige head. Nose is caramel, roasted malt, dark dried fruit, nutmeg, and a hint of expresso. Flavour is dark dried fruit, molasses, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Excellent Belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Natai (115) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Pours a deep, dark reddish brown with an offwhite head. Complex aromas of dark fruit, molasses, and a hint of hops at the finish. Smooth flavor that’s sticky on the palate with a tinge of alcohol on the back end. A good, and potent, strong Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vells (1004) - Riga, LATVIA - JUN 13, 2015
Classic! All qualities needed for great Belgian strong are here. Interesting maltiness build. Theres overriped fruits and dark fruits, caramel note, candy sugar, some yeast and spices, toffee, some hops. Moderate sweetness with light bitterness. Well balanced and highly enjoyable brew.

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