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


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RATINGS: 1505   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
naivepegasus (334) - 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 (583) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6154) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2013 2013 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark orange-brown, unfiltered. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, toasted bread), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of raisin, overripe banana, clove, brown sugar, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. It’s quite sweet, no doubt, and a bit syrupy and boozy, but overall it’s pretty nice for a Belgian strong. The Rood version is way better, though.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2004
Red amber coloured beer with a small head. Malty aroma. Light sweet vinous taste with coriander and liquorice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2004
Bottle coutesy of ClarkVV: Pours to a dark ruby with a small tan head. Aroma: Almond, sweet grapes, dark malts, raisin, chocolate, soy sauce, floral hops, salty dark malt. Taste: syrupy sweet, overly sweet. Molasses, maple, sweet grains, too much malt sweetness. Over the top in terms of malt sweetness, syrup; unbalanced in terms of the malt....which I almost never say.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2004
Dark amder, nerly red in color. A little bit hazy. Has a spicy and sweet aroma. I can sense a bit taste from alcohol. But the alcoholtaste dousen´t matter. It only brings more to it, in this one. This beer is a new experianse for me. Gives me inspriation to rate more beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2004
2004 Vintage. Cloudy, opaque amber brown w/ a generous, creamy light beige head. Soft, sweet aroma of fruit (plum, cherry), yeast (banana, bubble gum) & malt (caramel, cookie dough) w/ notes of vanilla & wood. Soft, velvety feel. Sweet, malty, fruity flavour is smooth & rounded, but w/ some tart, woody undertones. Finish is dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Bottle, dark amber, nice lacing, medium off white head dissipates quickly, fruity, molasses, and alcohol aroma, nice smooth malty taste with molasses, leaves sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 3, 2008 Red to brown color. Sweet dark fruit. No alcohol in aroma or flavor. Rich and exquisite. 7/3/8/4/17

2005 750ml bottle. About 3 years old. A very dark dark red pour with spotty white lacing all over the glass. The aroma is pretty tough. I know this beer and I want to like it, but the first thing I smell, and the dominating character is alcohol.
On the other hand, the flavor is a whole nother game. Rich and decadent. Sweet caramel backbone with hints of smoke, figs, sugar, and alcohol. This is an elegant beer, but I’m not rating it based on elegance. I’m rating it based on pleasure, and I’m just not getting that tonight. 5/4/8/4/14

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