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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1634   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8573) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2003
(draught) Thick yellow/brown head, dissipating. Dark brown beer with a shine of "blood-oranges". Chocolatey nose, dessert wine, very ripe banana. Taste is dry-bitter, underlying dark and caramel malt. Lots of rest-sweetness, some raisins. Full-bodied, dense, oily. Alcoholburn, warming effect. Nice. But an aged bottled one is better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2004 2000 vintage (4 yrs old). Dark brown colour w. very small beige head. Sweet (candi sugar), dark rum/alcohol, little cork, musty cellar-like qualities. Rounded, soft, medium bodied. Very nice..... 2004 vintage: imo more full-flavoured and better... (8,4,8,4,16)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Dark brown in color, minimal head. Aroma of malts and alcohol. Dark fruit flavors. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2613) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 15, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2006 Rating #1 Bottle of the 2003 vintage (9 4 8 3 17). A gloriously dark brown color with a creamy light brown head. A sweet nectar aroma with lush fruits, cherry, wood, maple, and alcohol. I expected a sweeter flavor, but instead the typical belgian style came through - somewhat dry, high in alcohol, flavors of wood, vinous fruits, and toffee. A mild alcohol burn at the finish and a sticky palate. Rating #2 of 2005 vintage (6 3 7 3 16). A brown reddish color. Overloaded with grape in the flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
shotgun1431 (130) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Dark amber with a nice tan head. Aroma is of honey and something. The flavor is sweet with strong taste of alcohol and it has a bit of an afterbite. Not my favorite but maybe it would have been better with some age?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
2002 vintage--dark red to brown, not much carbonation. Extremely drinkable, with very little evidence of the 8% abv (as stated on the bottle). Malt dominates the flavor, couldnít quite detect the hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6710) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 13, 2004
Dark amber, nicely presenting ale .Small crown for such big beer. Sugars , alcohol , yeast aroma , cherry , plums and other dry fruits . Flavour is dominated with plums , got some woody wet feel . Notes of hops and caramel malt . Big Belgian.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2005
Deep brown-red with a wispy mocha head. Nose sugary, lots of molasses, bit bready. Also some chocolate and caramel, interesting smell. First hint of flavor is deep sweetness, raisin, molasses, and licorice, then definite candy sugars. Quite vinous, very lots of grapes. Finishes a bit musty, intriguing. Not sure how to charcterize the mix between the sugars/dark fruit and mustiness, a dark saison? Funky dubbel?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2005
2005 addition from 750ml bottle. Pours a bubbly light brown, mostly clear, with a very small amount of quickly dissapating offwhite head. Almost looks like a glass of soda. Aroma is very pleasant. Tart raisins, champagne, alcohol, sweet fruit. Flavor is definitely strongly influenced by the alcohol content, but at the same time rather smooth. I feel almost like someone crossed a glass of slightly bubbly champagne and a bottle of raisn dí entre. Overall, I found this bottle very interesting and enjoyable, though its definitely not an every day thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 2002 vintage
75cl bottle. Pours a rusty orange and brown color, sitting in the glass a murky dark plum and brown hue. Small toast colored head that dies quickly - which explains the low carbonation. Canít say itís bad - because itís not infected or anything, but this is a 2002 bottle so perhaps the age is a factor. Itís a little flat, itís chewy and semi-thick, smells wonderful: dates, wood, brown sugar, maple, spicy sugar and dark roasted plum scents. Spicy yeast consumes the mouth... brown sugar, sweet charred and caramelized woody sugars... very nice, but drops empty on the back of the tongue - lacking body I guess.

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