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


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RATINGS: 1647   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.

jlf278's rating

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2010
Truly fit for an emperor. This beer smells like heaven. There is a ton of dark stone fruit with burnt sugar and a touch of bourbon on the nose. Flavor is much of the same with a nice transition from sweet to dry. The flavors meld and then drift away ever so smoothly. The palate could have been a little fuller and certainly left my mouth feeling really wet, but that’s not too bad. The appearance was the only average characteristic, lacking much of a head and holding a mediocre dull brown. Overall, extremely delicious, one that I could drink by the liter, and hopefully will.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (3290) - 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 (314) - 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 (311) - 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 (388) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omega (816) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 18, 2015
Wish someone would brew this beer for me every birthday as it is a stunner. Rich and rounded with a bit of syrupy goodness that is to expected at this alc content.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jrwhitney6 (389) - - SEP 14, 2015
Pours light, translucent brown. Taste is the top of creme brûlée - burnt sugar. The alcohol is completely hidden. This is a good one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ysok02 (466) - MOns, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2015
Une robe brune, une belle mousse. Un nez superbe qui allie des notes maltées, chocolatées, épicées, de la fourrure, du cuir, et du houblon. Bouche à l’attaque ample, une superbe présence de bouche, une longueur kilométrique et une finale parfaitement équilibrée. Une très grande bière qui pourrait évoluer quelques années.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidezdonz (92) - , HONG KONG - SEP 13, 2015
A 750ml corked and caged bottle. 2014 vintage with a best before date of 29th April 2024. Poured into a Chimay goblet. The beer poured a dark brown colour with a slightly less than one finger tan head which quickly settles to a nice thin creamy layer leaving spotty lacing. Strong aromas of caramel and toffee, also lots of dark fruits, plum, raisin, prunes, dates, fig with hints of butter. Taste is on the sweet side with dark fruits dominating especially plum, raisin, fig and prunes. Caramel and toffee are in the background and hints of banana and bubblegum sweetness at the finish. Smooth and creamy, light warmness, medium bodied, light carbonation. Overall a very good beer that is a must buy for me. Even at 11%, you don’t taste the alcohol. Great for a late night sipper. I’m going to age a few bottles and see what happens!

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