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

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RATINGS: 1517   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
john_henry (98) - - SEP 14, 2013
Simply Epic beer. Was lucky enough to get a case of these from the brewery and couldn’t resist drinking a couple this last week. Very sweet, but you wouldn’t want it any other way. Worth hunting down.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
IvoR (69) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerenberger (1419) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchPls (544) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bobblehead (23) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (1210) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DwarfeD (897) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mikske79 (1100) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 8, 2014
Zo’n typische smaak dat sommige mensen dit heel lekker zullen vinden, maar het was niets voor mij

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1171) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2014
750mL corked bottle 2013 vintage BB 05/12/2023 Deep ruby body, bright edges, good dense creamy tan head persists. Dark Belgian candy sugar dominates the nose; earthy, treacle-y, burnt toffee with undertones of bitter chocolate combining with spicy dark fruits, port, clove, pepper & prunes. Very rich, alludes big alcohol without being hot or fusel, creamy carbonation, velvety smooth on the palate. Lots of dark, burnt sugars on the palate, plummy dark fruit esters, peppery clovey phenolics, dried fruit undertones - its all there. Hangs on the finish, drying, warming, low bitterness, lingering earthiness. Seriously decadent stuff, a sipper, but tremendous.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StoutHead (614) - DENMARK - AUG 5, 2014
Bottle. 2013 vintage. Pours an unclear ruby red color with practically no head. Very little aroma except for a few whiffs of caramel and...freshness. Taste is something entirely else though - malt, caramel, dark ripe fruits, molasses, yeasts and alcohol. Very sweet and vinous with a full body and low carbonation and a sugary and fruity aftertaste. Pretty heavy stuff. Reminds me a bit of the Gulden Draak. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wittales (633) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Vintage 2012 Appearance was cloudy brown with diminishing tannish tiny head, no lacing. Aromas are plum, sweet cherry, fig, toffee, molasses and ester yeasts. Taste are plum, fig, date, cherry, caramel, molasses, maple and warming alcohol. Palate was silky smooth medium-full body with soft CO2, then deep glorious fruits build a great finish. A Gem, try it with age.


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