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


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RATINGS: 1526   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bricks (594) - Delaware, USA - NOV 22, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2010 Aroma was sweet. Smelled of candy and fruit -- great. The taste of the beer was exceptional and I barely tasted the 11%. Syrupy, fruity, smooth. A bit too sweet. Re-rating on the 2010. Much, much more sweet. Way too sweet in fact.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jthg (84) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2009
The first thing I noticed about the 2007 version of this beer is the alcohol notes on the aroma. It wasn’t offensive, but definitely present. The beer pours a dark amber/brown that shines red in the glass without much head. With the alcohol, the beer has a fresh sweet caramel nose with a slight date smell. The taste mirrors the aroma and as the beer warms up, more alcohol notes are noticeable in the taste. Good beer. And, if I were to have the pleasure of drinking this beer again, I would drink it cold!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (4930) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2009
2008 bottle. A huge tan head causes significant delay in enjoying this beer. Pour is a very cloudy dark brown that is almost porter a color. A complex aroma of spice, dark fruit, vinous notes, and cherry wood. Flavor is delicious. Complex fruit with both dark and tropical, alcohol, spices, sweetness and more sweetness. This was a very tasty beer for a beer drinker with a sweet tooth (like myself). However, it would have been a great beer to share. By the end of the 750 the sweet flavor had grown stale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 17, 2010
2008 bottle. The pour was turbid brown with a short, creamy tan head. The aroma was tons of malt and spice over dark fruit. The flavor was loaded with cinnamon and clove, with plenty of malts and a touch of citrus. The mouthfeel was medium to full in body and the alcohol was well hidden. Good, just a little overly spiced for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielyabu (1171) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - MAY 8, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2012 2011 edition: aroma: whisky single malt, avelã, fuge, alcohol, malte moderado, toffee, trufa, milk chocolate, macadamia. ap: small frothy light browh head. dark brown flat thick body. mostly diminishing. fair lacing. if: heavy sweet light bitter. ff: very strong sweet light bitter. frutas secas dominam o paladar. dulçor escalante, permeado por dulçor alcoolico, poderia ser bem menor. Mais agradável que a versão 2009 anteriormente resenhada. retrogosto também doce demais. sabor bem maltado. 100s 5/8/10:small frothy offwhite head. virtually none lacing. fully diminishing. murky thick amberish-brown body. aroma: heavy malt, chocolate, mild coffee, brown sugar and alcohol. if: moderate sweeet and light bitter. ff: moderate sweet and bitter; average duration. palate: full body, syrupy texture, medium carbonation and metallic and moderate alcoholic finish. sabor complexo, delicioso dulçor de chocolate e frutas secas. disfarça o alcool com maestria, gosto suave de alcool que permanece até o retrogosto sem ser agressivo. apesar do nome e do capricho evidente com que foi produzida, faltam nuances mais complexas. sabor caramelizado. tecnicamente perfeita, mas me decepcionou por nao oferecer um diferencial que me surpreendesse. 130s

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (8493) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2011
(bottle, 75cl, vintage 2008) Almost clear, dark brown colour with a beige medium-sized foamy head. Sweet and slightly roasted malty and nutty aroma with with a slightly vinous dried fruity touch. Sweet and slightly roasty bitter flavour, full bodied with a moderate carbonation. Dark malty and (hazel-)nutty taste with dried figs, hints of chocolate and ethereally spicy notes; sweet dark malty and dried fruity finish with a discreet roasty bitterness in aftertaste. Pleasant. 18.V.11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tanksley (28) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
This one is very vegetable, and wildness. A great balance full of surprises of tart fruity goodness. A bit much carbonation, but that is typical of the style. a real palate cleanser.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ReggieDunlap (3069) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2011
2009 bottle...pours a murky brown amber with little or no head. Aroma is sweet...raisin and candy sugar. Flavor follows suit and adds some caramel and some yeasty fruitiness with a mild tartness...some earthy wheatiness. Mouthfeel is medium/full and silky with a mildly roasty raisny finish that arms a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onystrom (1319) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2012
Dark amber color with small head. Very sweet beer, but also a well balanced beer. From my Backlog.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tonkun (864) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Bottle. Cloudy copper pour with off white head. Caramel, raisin, dark berries, cinnamon, brown sugar, flower spice. Better as it opens up. A bit sweet for me but a nice beer

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