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


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RATINGS: 1540   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
750ml courtesy of Mes, thanks! 2002 vintage, 8.5%. Piney, slightly medicinal aroma. Hazy mid-brown amber with heavy dark sediment. Caramel, malt and alcohol on the tongue, with a rich finish. Not bad but I don’t feel it’s a 4+.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobaidan (512) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2008
Poured dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is strong with alcohol, overly ripe fruit (mostly cherry) and a bit of caramel. Mouthfeel is sticky and flat. Flavor is strong, with dried fruit, yeast and alcohol dominating. This could really use some more carbonation and complexity. for such a highly rated beer, I was a bit dissapointed. Bad bottle perhaps ?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blom (836) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
[Vintage 2005, sampled 2008]. Dark brown with a low head. Exciting aroma of dark dried fruits and port. At this point the beer is still very sweet and dominated by syrup, honey, oak, basement, candy and raisins. In small amounts it is quite complex and exciting but more than one glass quickly gets nauseating, due to the sticky sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2008
2005 vintage. Pours a dark, brownish plummy color. A compact, foamy beige head leaves nice clumps of lace behind. The nose shows copious amounts of dark fruit, primarily fig, raison, and prune. Sweetness just flows from this thing, with the alcohol soaked fruits being accompanied by dark caramel and some brown sugar. An indiscernible dark spiciness is present as well. Flavors are very similar, with huge, sweet dark fruits and sweet caramel making for a heavy, sugary, dessert-like drink. Thick and syrupy, the body goes down smooth enough but sits heavy in the stomach. A few ounces of this is a nice, occassional treat, but it is just too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2008
(From the archive) Reddish brown under slight greyish head. Touch of sherry on the aroma along with nougaty malts and alcohol. Sweet nougat and alcohol in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Embrouille (2829) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 31, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 Vintage 2006. It pours a nut-brown beer with a small beige head. The nose is of figs, vitamin tablets, raisins, molasses, nutmeg and plum. Rather sweet and fruity. Quite a lot of molasses and apples in the taste. Both malty and yeasty - nicely balanced. It reminds me a bit of ’’Uniebroue la Terrible’’. Pleasantly woody. Notes of walnuts, vitamin tablets and figs showing up. Slightly lactic. Not much lacework. Full bodied. Sweet. Some alcohol appearing with the swallow. The finish is surprisingly good and quite yeasty with hints of rasins and mince pies. Pleasant, but definetely not a wonderful beer in my opinion. I don’t share the same taste as Charles the fifth. But I agree on his following quote by the way: ’’Paris is not a city, but a universe’’. Thanks a lot bov for this beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Tap at Trappeze. Poured clear dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruit, sweet molases malt. Taste is fruit, malt, yeast, nut. Mouth is smooth. A solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevd193213 (877) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 14, 2009
On Draught at Track 84. Light brown transparent pour with a thin fizzy white head. Aroma of malt and raisins with plum present. Smooth, though surprisingly thin, caramel taste with a mild ginger and malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pinkzambia (1505) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottles - Vertical 06, 07, 08 on March 14, 2009: Clear light brown color in all of them. I liked the 2008 the least. It had a hard core yeasty aroma with ripe bananas in the flavor. It needed to be mellowed out. The 2007 was a little more mellow. Sweet flavors, still with the over-ripe banana and almost a bourbon flavor. The 2006 had a tangy aroma like a sour ale and it was much more mellow than the 08, but you could tell it came from the same place. The finish was yeasty and metallic. It was pretty cool to have a vertical on Jake65’s departure to North Dakota. Thanks Sam for sharing on this special occasion. I only with I was more of a Belgian guy. I could have probably enjoyed these even more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bricks (606) - Delaware, USA - NOV 22, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2010 Aroma was sweet. Smelled of candy and fruit -- great. The taste of the beer was exceptional and I barely tasted the 11%. Syrupy, fruity, smooth. A bit too sweet. Re-rating on the 2010. Much, much more sweet. Way too sweet in fact.

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