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


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RATINGS: 1513   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (1571) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2012
Doft av nagellack och vingummi. Rund och söt smak av banan. Intressant men behöver lite mer harmoni.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Albe (56) - ITALY - NOV 29, 2012
Pours dark and clear, with a fully diminishing head. Aroma is rich, sweet, and yeasty. Caramel, red fruits, plumbs, and some spices are the main drivers in both aroma and taste. In the mouth delivers also a light alcoholic feeling that well balances the sweetness. Almost flat carbonation and a long finish flavour. Just incredibly good with Italian sausages and potatoes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chris__hartley (274) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2013
It pours copper with ruby highlights; the head is beige and foamy. The aroma has notes of: soy sauce, toffee, alcohol, figs, pumpernickel, and nuttiness. The taste is heavy sweet and medium umami; there are notes of: soy sauce, figs, cough syrup, liquorice, candy-sugar, toffee, and molasses. The palate is full medium-full bodied, sticky, light carbonation, and a long finish. Overall, very well balanced for how sweet it starts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
naivepegasus (336) - USA - MAR 17, 2013
Pours a cloudy raisin brown with half a head of effervescent head. Dark fruit and brown sugar notes. Brown sugar prominent in the taste. Fairly heavy. not bad but not my favorite of the style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michaelinwa (589) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 19, 2013
2011 version. Dark brown pour with slight reddish hint. Massive and lasting thick head, and sweet aroma of malt and ripe fruits. Taste reflects the aroma, but is even more intense with raisin, plums, sweet carmel. I find it intensely sweet to the point of being overdone. Finish is lingering sweet malt with all the flavor notes in tact. Looks like this one gets aged a lot, and I can see why.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tastybeer (1703) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Draft. Hazy deep brown pour, small tan head, little retention/lace. Aroma of prune, raisin, molasses, fruity ester, caramel. Taste is quite sweet, prunes, raisin, brown sugar, fruity ester, port, booze. Palate is soft, sticky, coating, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (874) - California, USA - AUG 21, 2013
A very good grand cru. Pours a beautiful dark red/black. Smells like cherries and bananas. Lots of cherries in the taste, along with some green apples. Very rich, starts sweet, and finishes like cheese cake. Leaves a great thick aftertaste. Can get a little bit intensely sweet though, hard to drink a lot. Had in the bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1578) - WALES - NOV 1, 2013
Feb 2012 vintage. Pours a dark red/brown with no head. Doesn’t look quite the beer I was hoping for. Smell is apple, rhubarb, bourbon. Body is medium to light with nice level of carbonation. Taste - dark fruits, dates, more apple, alcohol comes through noticeably and gives the beer a whisky/medicinal feel, bit of pinot noir, raisins in the finish. Reminds me of a barrel aged La Trappe Quad. This beer has some good elements but overall I’m not amazed. I’m particularly disappointed by the lack of body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (2955) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2013
2012 bottle poured into a trappist glass. Pours a murky amber to brown with a velvety head of beige foam. Sheets of lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma has notes of hot yeast, prunes, figs, sugary sweet. Some spice notes. The taste has a lot of sugary sweetness throughout. An alcohol heat comes through pretty strongly and especially in the finish. Thick mouthfeel and a subtle carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Pretty good strong malty beer, but the underlying sweetness is cloying and overpowering and makes this less enjoyable to me than the regular Gouden Carolus.

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