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


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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerlover500 (8) - BELGIUM - MAR 19, 2015 does not count
Drank the 2013 edition yesterday, bought few years back at the brewery. Must say that the taste only got better. Still a top beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Stefano (1901) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2012 Pours a medium, beige, frothy head with a cloudy, muddy-water coloured body. The nose is filled with figs, brown sugar and oak barrel. Taste is sweet malty, bready, liquorice flavor and bitterness. Full body, creamy texture.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2495) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Wow!! nose of banana, cherries, anis, and vanilla in the bottle. pours clear with light head, some lingering lace. nose in the glass also yields yeast, caramel, other citrus - very aromatic! nice body, sweet but not overly. only cloying suggestions of the 11% juiice. hints of dark fruit. This is a 2006 bottle. Brought it back from Brussels with me

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JK (5028) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2009
2006 vintage, enjoyed August 2009. I have had this beer many times, and it definitely improves with age. Big pop when the cork comes out of the bottle.Very dark brown, and a thick, lacing head that never quite fades. Aroma has fruit and Belgian yeast. A very complex beer, with figs, sweet malt, very light anise, and some chocolate. The high abv is well hidden. One of the richest, heaviest palates found on any beer. It is without a doubt one of the finest beers in the world.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Bottle. A - Very dark plum color with some dark ruby hues on the edge. Fairly large, creamy, sticky, toasted marshmallow colored head. Decent retention and a beautiful layer of creamy, sticky lace. S - Plenty of dark fruit consisting of plum, raisin, and date. Nice sweetness as well with molasses, dark candi sugar, licorice/anise, and a touch of bubblegum. Well spiced with clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of coriander. Hints of rum/brandy soaked fruit as well. Some dark malt and a touch of breadiness make the base. Pretty complex aroma. T – Good mix of dark fruit, spice, and sweet bread flavors throughout the sip. Similar to the nose. Starts with a strong dark, spiced fruit at first. Mid sip has a strong licorice and bubble gum flavor come out. The dark fruit then comes on strong at the end with a bit more of a rum/brandy flavor to it. The sweet bready flavor is a nice persistent undertone throughout the sip. M - Medium, maybe slightly toward full, body. Has a lush, creamy, persistent kind of feel to it though. Good amount of carbonation. D - Well balanced and complex beer with a great mix of flavors that had me wanting to drink more. I could see it potentially being a little too sweet/cloying, but I like sweeter beers on occasion and I think it works for the style. Notes: Vintage 2009. Great beer that is very complex and has a lot of bold, big flavors. Inclusion of licorice and bubblegum flavor is interesting for the style. I really liked the beer, like I said before, some may think it is a bit too sweet, but it makes a great dessert or night caper (although I could see me drinking this other times too!).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerSherpa (10) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Charles V was one of the great monsters in history. He presided over several wars in Europe, imprisoned the Pope, and profited from the destruction of the Aztec empire and it’s people. This beer is every bit the monster that it’s namesake was. Even though the American craft/boutique brewers are able to match the flavor of this style with chemistry and biology, they have never been able to match the texture and body that the closely guarded techniques of the Belgian master brewers at Gouden Carolus had mastered 500 years ago. The perfect beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
danrcook (25) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Deep color with a nose of dates, and brown sugar. Head doesn’t last long, which is common with this style. Incredible beer, fits the category and excels in flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LoicLegault (7) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012 does not count
2012 750ml bottle amazing beer one of my favorite lot of caramel, dark fruits, lots of sweetness(more then in previous vintage) brown-red with beige head very nice beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
richc83 (35) - Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2013
My favorite... Great lacing and taste... Color is great... Nothing bad to say.... Love it

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Selene6 (21) - - AUG 3, 2013
Delicious. Blueberry and not at all bitter. I wonder how it would taste if I'd kept it for ten years. Don't have that kind of patience though.

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