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


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RATINGS: 1722   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2009
Vintage 2000 Edition, thnx Skortila!:
Black, brown colored brew. Malty, port-like aroma, not heavy. Flavor is malty, sugary sweet, raisin and a port-like aftertaste. Flavor becomes more and more smooth after warming up. At first itís a bit thin, then itís more smooth. Watch out for the left-overs in the bottle. Overall very enjoyable, but not really that special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Bomber into glass: dark ruby pour with only slight ring of very light tan head. I guess I didnít expect it to be so sweet but it was beautifully done -- not too sweet. Good malts, a little yeast and caramelized banana flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fugitive (1848) - Athens, GREECE - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle 750 ml vintage 2009. Dark brown color with white not lasting head. Aroma cherry. fruits, sweet bread.Taste very sweet caramel, cherry, sugar. Full boby, soft feeling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2010
Appearance is ruby red with white head. Aroma of fermented fruits, yeast, port wine, prunes and raisins. Taste is very sweet with hints of fruit and alcohol. Overall this beer is very interesting, a bit to sweet and heavy for me but it would probably get a lot better after some aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
foodtraveller (61) - BELGIUM - MAR 20, 2010
I does reminds me of trapist in its flavors of port, raisins and sweetness. But the sweetness is a touch too high making it too easy to drink and the palate is not thick enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Pours ruby and cloudy with white head that laces well. Aroma is heavy malt, with notes of bread, caramel, grain, toffee, and dark fruit. Taste is similar to aroma with more tastes of raisin, prunes, dates, toffee, and tobacco, with a dry finish thatís also a bit boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 2009 vintage... Pours a very nice murky dark brown with some lovely tan foam that leaves lacing around the glass. Aroma is good but quite mild compared to the HUGE flavors coming out of this one... massive notes of funky yeast, dark fruits, and alcohol. Seems well carbonated with just a nice slightly syrupy coating in the mouth. It is a very flavorful beer, and Iím glad I tried it but not sure Iíd seek it out again - the funky taste and alcohol flavors that come through just donít really float my boat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Pours a ruby color with medium off-white head. Aroma is of green apple, plum, light wood, Belgian spice and yeast. Taste is similar with a bit more green apple bite and dark fruit as well intermixed with the classic clove and light yeast. Alcohol is well hidden and notes of wood are interwoven with this one. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a dark plum color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is plum, light green grape, with some sugary sweetness. Taste is much the same - dark fruit, plum. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (5482) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2010
Vinous grape and candi aroma. Clear brown,thin yellow head, plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Sweet, yet not cloying, grape and cherry flavor, with some banana undercurrents. Alcohol present, but blends in very well. Modest complexity, but very enjoyable.

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