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


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RATINGS: 1735   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.

IPAgutten79's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAgutten79 (917) - Skui, - MAR 21, 2014
Mørk brun, nesten svart med lavt skum. Aroma av tørket frukt, alkohol, plommer, gjær, karamell og søt malt. Smaken er malt, tørket frukt, karamell og alkohol. Når du tar en slurk føles den først behagelig, mild og litt søt, før neste bølge av smaksinntrykk treffer deg i form av alkohol, malt, men også en fin liten bitterhet. Malt og varmende alkohol i ettersmaken. Medium konsistens. Jeg syns at alkoholen burde vært hakket bedre kamuflert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Night_Cap (116) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2016
Bottle 750ml (2015) – cellared for 1 year. Served at room temperature. Pours a hazy burnt copper. Head is medium sized, foamy, beige and lasts well. Aroma is sweet and complex; lightly toasted wholemeal rolls, blackcurrants (strong), stewed plums (strong), dried currants, dried apricots, cooked brown sugar, cherry liquor chocolates, aniseed balls (red), dried leaves and rich pudding spices. Flavour is velvety smooth, sweet, and slightly vinous; virtually no bitterness at all; vintage port (strong), spiced prune paste (strong), overripe figs (strong), golden raisins, cassis, stewed rhubarb, rich chocolate truffles, cooked sticky brown sugar, a touch of golden syrup and hints of old red wine barrels in the finish. Full bodied with very soft carbonation, a velvety texture and a long finish. ABV is extremely well hidden. Would make for a perfect after dinner/desert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dahlstrom (295) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2016 750 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Cloudy dark amber with a small off-white head. Strong malty aroma of caramel, syrup bread, brown sugar, resin, rasins, plums and yeast. Taste reflects the aroma. Medium body, with a slick texture. Low carbonation. Low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1535) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 5, 2016
75cl bottle. Dark mahogany pour with a medium height, fine-grained beige head with good retention. Notes of chocolate, dried fruit (plums, raisins, figs), toffee, molasses, sherry, cherries, caramel. Medium to full bodied, soft mouthfeel, low carbonation and a sticky-sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ardeo (159) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2016
75 cl. Bière très intéressante où le sucre et l’alcool dominent. Les arômes de prunes, de raisin et de caramel sont vraiment agréables. La bouche est plaisante, ronde et apporte des sensations fraîches. Mais l’alcool est vraiment trop dominant de l’ensemble !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martythesmarty (98) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown with white/gray head. Really sweet with notes of chocolate, cinnamon, clove.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (4114) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2016
0,75l bottle shared by lotheac @ Dungeon de Munde. Pours clear deep brown with a low head. Aroma is sweet malts with fruits and perhaps some sherry. Flavor is sweet malts, caramel, sherry, alcohol and a hint of hops. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sonicexenia (1) - ponteranica, ITALY - AUG 22, 2016 does not count
agosto 2016, bevuta VDK del 2007 presso Dome di Nembro. Scurissima, con schiuma poco persistente, profumo deciso di frutta rossa, corpo medio, carbonazione lieve, finale morbido senza ossidazione, resta in bocca a lungo. Non stuccevole. Birra eccezionale ed entusiasmante

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ninecats (487) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2016
75 cl 2013 edition. Deep dark red with beige foam, dissipates quickly leaving slight lacings. Aroma is malty with vinous sourness, slight sweet nuances, dark fruit, coffee. Very complex. Taste is moderately sweet with strong malty notes, dark overiped fruit, slight vinous tones in the back preserving a certain freshness, finishes with warming round sweet flavours, slight alcohol, dryness. Big body with low carbo, fairly sharp bubbles. This is a mouthful, and damn good. Very rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nordcore (1309) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2016
Bottle 75 cl. Deep red, clear with a nice creamy lightbrown head. Nice fruit, caramel, and sugar aroma. Sweet taste with light bitterness, nice fruit end, the alcohol is well hidden. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mice (804) - FINLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Tummanruskea kirkas olut melko pienellä mutta pysyvällä vaaleanbeigellä vaahdolla. Tuoksussa sokerista makeaa mallasta sekä vahvaa hedelmäisyyttä, ennen kaikkea luumua ja rusinaa. Taustalla lievää anismaisuutta. Maku ensimmäisellä otoksella vahvan sokerinen ja makea. Maku tuntuu jyräävän kaiken muun alleen. Alun makeuden jälkeen maku kuitenkin laajenee vahvaan luumuiseen hedelmäisyyteen. Maussa lisäksi siirappista makeutta, anista, lakritsia ja hapanta mausteisuutta. Melko täyteläinen suutuntuma, lämmittävä kokonaisuus, mutta alkoholi pysyy hyvin piilossa. Oikein laadukas olut jälleen kerran mainiolta panimolta.

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