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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Wow! Pours a mahogany brown but settles in the glass a blurry black with a dark cherry glow. Immense capping of orangey tinted ivory foam thats very smooth, thick, and fluffy. Sits without moving as it barely reduces itself to take on a thicker, cake batter appearance as the fluffyness dissolves into the foam. Lacing coats the glass in thick moth-holed sheeting all the while that cap hardly diminishes. Aroma is of old, soggy, sugared banana bread thats dark, deep, and dull with slight plum, raisin, fig, and molasses soaking within the deepness. Quite deceptive on the nose as it seems to build while it sits and gets fairly deep and complexly so in that deepness. Nice little noting of spicy orange zest, cinnamon, and cardamom is evident as well. Oh, my what incredible soaking smoothness and softness this stuff creates as it floats across the palate with amazing ease. Mild, dull flavors of dark fruit bread sink in with raisin, plum, dry fig, molasses, and soft citrusy orange notes that tender up a warming sense of spicyness with cardamom, cooked sugar, and raisin skins making for a lengthy finish. Middle has a creamy center of caramel, banana, and dark sugary sweetness. Its ever changing in its profile, sometimes more warming and spicy, other times, super tender and malty with dark dull sugary stuff. Wonderful play on the palate and on the mind. Feel is perfect. Soft, supple, giving, full, smooth, warming, sweet, a little bit spicy, and a whole lot of yum! Amazingly soft texture of sugared bread thats soaked in dark fruityness. There’s even a slight hoppy, vitamin coated, citrus bittering that comes across within certain sips thats very intriguing. The smoothness is incredible; top notch. The warmth will catch ya every time, nearly every sip in fact, which slows it down for enormously fine, big, sippage. Damn fine stuff!

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2007
Served before the stroke of Midnight on New Years Eve 2006/7. My last beer of 2006 was also arguably my best of the year (and ever). A 2002 vintage corked bottle that I shared with great friends. Poured a slightly hazy chestnut brown with a wispy head. The aroma was quite light, with subtle brandy/caramel notes. It somehow doesn’t do justice to what comes next. A sip reveals a deliciously balanced sweetness of figs, melted brown sugar and nutmeg. The five years in the bottle have softened out any bitterness, imparting a feather-light mouthfeel. This beer was right for so many reasons. It converted a table of non-beer drinkers to the possibilities of great beer, and for me it was the highlight of a great beer year. I’ve got a 2004 vintage bottle in the cellar and will be reserving it for a very special occasion.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
broken013 (7) - lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2007 does not count
very strong and intense beer. so many flavors hit you at once that its hard to discribe. if you can find this beer drink a few and then let the rest ferment for years to come

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2007
This offering has been aged since 2004, so it is about 3 years old. It pours a dark brown, with some light penatration. Leaving no head at all, the aroma is dark pitted fruit, plum, pears, raisins, dark syrup, wow so complex and sweet leaving a port like quality for all to admire. The taste starts cordial, moving to just a faint amount of hops but showcasing a malty, sweet, syrupy delight. The taste mirrors the nose dark fruit, raisins, plums, prunes, and finishes syrupy in the back of the palate. This is one fanastic aged brew and I’m glad I got a full growler of this one.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rjglory (7) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2007 does not count
The aroma is delightful. It seems more like a fine wine than a beer. This brew is far and away the best I have ever tasted. A wide open decanter is a must. I prefer to sniff, sip, and spool slowly so that I can savor every moment. An empty glass/bottle is the only disappointment. The newer 11% versions are still great, but the 8% has no distraction from the full-bodied flavor.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours a deep amber/mahogany with ruby edging. Full head with plenty of lacing. Warm, malt aroma with notes of amaretto and anise. Effervescent and medium to full bodied but not heavy or syrupy. Has an almost creamy texture. Toasted malt, alcohol and caramelized sugar dominate the flavor profile. Layers of toffee, dark fruit, cherry, banana, caramel and chocolate follow. Hints of fusel alcohol as it gets warm. On par with the best Belgian ales.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2008 sampled in Brugge at ’t Brugs Beertje in a vertical tasting: ’04 Pours dark brown with a thick tan head, which looks exquisite in the a Golden Carolus glass, with its gold trim. Aroma is stunning. Cherries, figs, dates, raisins and rum pour forth with notes of port. Flavor is incredible featuring the same elements as the aroma, and a rich matliness. While this beer is pretty sweet, it is still quite digestible. Mouth feel is thicker than most Belgian ales, but is full of lovely tiny bubbles which bathe the tongue in a lightness against the richness of the beer. Finishes malty with cherries and port flavor. Excellent. One of the best beers I’ve had. ’07:: Poured a dark brown, but was still translucent with a head the dissipated quickly. Rich aromas of raisins, figs, dates, rum. Flavor was incredible, rich with all the same elements of the aroma. On the sweeter side, but there is still enough dryness that it doesn’t become overwhelming. Mouth feel is very nice, loads of fine bubbles lighten the feeling of heaviness from how rich this beer is, and it gently caresses on the tongue on the way down.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Pours a dark, reddish-brown with a nice head. The aroma is full of spices, with bits of malt coming through. The taste is amazing... three distinct hits, of spices, then yeasty malts, then the final aftertaste of alcohol to deliver the coup de grace. I’ve never had a beer that’s been this consistent (I’ve had 6 bottles and every one has been the same, even one purchased in Strasbourg and drunk in Belgrade a week later). Not only is it one of the most reliable beers I’ve ever encountered, it has the quality of the Platonic ideal of BEER, with all the components of yeast, malt, alcohol and spice dancing together in a perfect interplay. While I question the claims of the guy who recommended it to me of being ’better than Rochefort 10’, it has the ability to be drunk every night and not get old or be too intense in the way Rochefort 10 is. Amazing.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NEBWineNBeer (7) - USA - JUL 21, 2009 does not count
The sublte note of green apple along with all of the fig, caramel, vanilla, etc. make this beer fantastic. It also has a wonderful texture: creamy and delicious.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2010 (2006, 2009, 2010, and also a 2007 aged 4 years)

§lct-br, thick creamy head, full body, ^co2.

fruity malty §iron ^alchl aroma.

malty iron-hop T1, caramel dark-fruit T2, alchl §burnt T3.

smooth, fruity, very-low-bitterness, ^flavorful, ^drinkable.
maybe slightly less complex than the abbeys when fresh, but absolutely wonderful with a few years aging, as everything melds together and the malt and hops drop back, allowing more of the caramel sweetness and the bubble gum and banana yeast esters to emerge.


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