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


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RATINGS: 1553   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29837) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2003
[2000 vintage] The aroma is sweet with notes of wood, yeast, plums, apples and other fruits - lovely complex. The color is redbrown but it has no head. The flavor is sweet and fruity and is very powerful - a fine beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Dark red-brown with minimal beige head. Aroma is oh so inviting -- rich, maple sugar sweet, fig, buttery, wood, alcohol. Taste is disappointing (relative to the aroma) in its overstrong alcohol, but also has some fig and spice. Quite full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Vintage 2003 – Topped by a rocky tan head this clear ruby bodied beer is a sight to behold in my chalice. The aroma is that of plums, sweet caramel, and cherries. The flavor complements the aroma very nicely. There is a bit more of a buttery/woody character in the flavor then the aroma. Immediately after the swallow there is a little bit of an alcohol bite, which then contributes to a pleasant warmness throughout the mouth and throat. The body is medium with a slight stickiness to it. The alcohol flavor lingers a tad too long but overall this is a very nice beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
henrik (41) - Århus, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2004
750 mL bottle from 2004. Lovely dark red with a robust head. Complex very powerfull aroma. Hints of all sorts of dried fruit. Flavor a bit too sweet for me (and I tend to like it sweet). Some aging would probably do it justice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2004
Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
2004. Rich in red berries and candi sugar. Small malty nose, and a bit woodsy. Sweet and probably needs to develop for a couple of years.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Psylocke (91) - st-constant, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2005
taste like plum and a bit spicy the alcool is present but not too agressive. a good beer to drink with some friends and a good dinner

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
Cloudy dark brown colour. Rich fig and dark fruit aroma with a fair bit of yeasty fun as well. Sweet flavour with a floral accent, again light hints of yeastiness. Lots of candyish dark malt character. Sweet, slightly boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2005
RBESG 2005, vintage 2002, cloudy amber colour with a beige head. Malty and earthy aroma with some dark fruit sweetness. Flavor has some rasin and plum fruityness along with hints of earth. dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2005
750 ml bottle 2004 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of plums and raisins with some vinous notes. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of plums, raisins, molasses and a hint of spice with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2006 Vintage 2000

Light-hazed copper/mahogany with a thin, off-white film. Aromas of a thin barleywine, malted and grape-ish with an alcoholic tilt. Full bodied with a dry finish, it’s flavor held brandy, dark fruits and homemade wine. A little rough with light sugars but a harsh burn.

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