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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jerohen (2171) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 Rating reflects aged sample. Re-rate: Bottled, 2001 version sampled in 2008, i.e. 7 years old. Still a fair head after all these years, beautiful. Aroma and flavour have aged extremely well, at every sniff i discovered new notes including roasted malts, chocolate, peat, raisins, wood, unbelievable. Everlasting finish in which new flavour arise as well. This beer is truly outstanding in every aspect. It’s already very good when fresh, but absolutely outstanding after 7 years of aging, and will probably improve even further when older. Forget about all these imperial stouts, there is nothing like an aged Belgian Strong Ale like this! Original rating: On tap. Brown coloured, beautiful head. Complex malty, fruity nose and flavour. This combination of bittersweet malty flavours with complex fruiteness is exactly what i’m looking for in a beer. Very good! Rating 4.5

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pineybob (16) - MYSTIC ISLANDS, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Just got a case of the 2006 version. What a terrific brew. All manner of yummy flavors, Chocolate and cherries being dominant. Nice head and lacing. This is one of my favorites of all time. Ammended to add. This one of the very best beers in the world. It ages nicely too. I saw another case and I’m half tempted to get one. The complexity is beyong compare.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2007
THOUGHTS: This was the first perfect beer I ever tasted. The first time I had it was a little over a year ago. This time it was a younger bottle than before, but I still think it’s perfect. When it’s aged for about two years it’s just off the chart. There are dark fruit aromas and flavors, along with chocolate vanilla and caramel. It just keeps getting better the warmer it gets. I love this beer, especially around the holidays. It goes down easy for such a high ABV and such rich flavors. TECHNICAL: 2006 bottle. Poured a clear, dark red or black cherry color with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing. The aroma was moderate caramel and chocolate malt. With gratpe, raisin, plum, prune, date, apple, cherry, vanilla and light alcohol. The initial flavor was moderate sweentness, while the finish was heavy sweetness and sour fruit with a short duration along with the flavors of the aroma and a short duration. The body was medium to full with fizzy carbonation and a light alcoholic finish

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2008
(2008 bottle) Pours like a cola with a slight red tint; very minimal carbonation. Has a spicy taste that flows off the palate. The only beer that remotely resembles this one is the Delirium Noel for is spiciness.This has a fantastic lingering finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Grzesiek79 (4001) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 21, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013 Vintage 2006 and 2010. Caramel, coffee, chocolate, herbs, basement aromas, leaves, butterscotch, cooked vegetables, skunky, smoke, rotten eggs, black, cloudy, brown foam, light sweetness, very bitter, heavily sour, umami, full body, thick feel, flat, long finish,

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
catseye (1) - - JUN 21, 2012 does not count
Best beer ever.. Been drinking since 2002. Best after 5 years. Keeps up to 10 years. Its in between wine, beer and port. Very complex, but rewarding.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1394) - BELGIUM - JUL 14, 2012
Une bière réellement extraordinaire.... (Cuvée 2011) D’abord sa création est strictement circonstancielle, c’est-à-dire l’anniversaire de Charles-Quint, excusez du peu.... Ensuite tout dans cette bière est conçu pour être un élément de fête. La couleur est superbe, d’un noir très profond. La clarté n’est interprétable qu’en transparence, mais elle est limpide. Les bulles sont généreuses et réparties dans tout le verre. La mousse beige nappe le liquide pour le protéger des intrusions intempestives... Les arômes sont d’une complexité très belle : céréales, bois et fruits mûrs. Le volume est d’un soyeux sublime. L’entrée en matière est superbe, d’une générosité incroyable dans le goût. La rondeur est sublime. Le second goût révèle un grand ensemble fût de grand vin et malt caramélisé. La 3ème bouche est un équilibre merveilleux de vérité. Elle allie la douceur d’un Yquem à la profondeur d’un brassin de trappiste... La longueur est extraordinaire. La levure est digne des plus grandes créations. La finale est prodigieuse, grandiose. L’alcool est la structure de l’édifice, un vrai programme : fort et chaleureux. (Nous trouvons à l’affiche 11 % abv, ce n’est pas rien...) En conclusion, nous sommes ici en présence d’une bière fabuleuse. Coter cette bière en dessous de 4,8 nécessite de réviser ses critères de dégustation... Pour moi, le 5 est même ridicule, je cote à 444 sur 100 ...

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
King_Kong (4) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012 does not count
Having a 2003 bottle oh my goodness the cork was aching to get out. At bottling was was at 10% ABV A: Dark Belgian brow color that you can’t see through but now the Smell: aroma is AMAZING!!! Fruity and floral more complex than traditional Belgian beers Taste: incredibly smooth for how old this beer is. Nice notes of caramel, toasted malts, and fruit. Really got a lot of dark fruits flavors mixed in with mild bitterness complex of a pungent Belgian quad. Mouthfeel: wet Overall: all around great Belgian beer. Verdict A+ Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-17-2012 19:31:10

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
carlosbeer (1) - Mexico Distrito Federal, MEXICO - DEC 26, 2012 does not count
De muy buen gusto en boca, equilibrio en lúpulo, y cuerpo fuerte, la nota acaramelada hace de esta cerveza un maridaje perfecto con carnes y aves de caza. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
iggynelix (132) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Wow. A honey sweet Belgian strong ale with champagne bubbles and a silky smooth palate. This tastes like the promise that braggat never lives up to. My new favorite beer.

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