Het Anker Gouden Carolus Cuvée Van De Keizer Imperial Dark (Blauw Label)

Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Quadrupel / Abt
Mechelen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1909   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   IBU: 15   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 Classic.

The 75cl bottles are closed with a quality cork. Excellent to store several years. This exceptional ale ages well, developing a refined complexity and intense aromas. With powerful notes of roasted malts, caramel and plums, its surprisingly soft and fruity aroma combines a warm roundness with a refreshing taste. An imperial brew to cherish and enjoy in moderation.

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.

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ozzatoadisback (402) - ITALY - APR 4, 2021
UPDATED: APR 4, 2021 2019 vintage. Pours dark brown, with reddish hints if seen through light. About one finger of slightly off-white head. Decent retention, especially for the abv. Aroma shows a base of sweet malts: caramel, light chocolate, but also a roasted hint. A touch of fruitiness (figs?). A warming feel. Overall a fine/soft kind of aroma, especially for such high abv. Taste feels a bit more potent. Nice malts complexity: caramel, light chocolate, light roasted hints. Dried/dark fruits. There is a warming, slight port-like feel, but the alcohol is perfectly hidden. The beer is overall obviously sweet but always in very good balance, thanks to strenght and to a touch of earthiness in the finish. The aftertaste is a clean, lightly fruity one. Dense in body as obvious, perhaps not so much for the abv; light to medium, delicate carbonation. Overall, a semi-thick but soft, nicely creamy mouthfeel. I was maybe expecting something more complex/rich, but this beer finds excellent balance and drinkability for such a strong beer, and feels like a fine, soft strong ale.

MaltoseLegion46 (19) - - APR 3, 2021
UPDATED: APR 3, 2021 Very good. Smooth, great Aroma, flavorful but not too thick. ABV is definitely there.

hman43 (3379) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2021
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2021 It pours dark brown with a tan head. Head retention is medium. Malty rich aromas with strong dark fruits. It has caramel notes with plums and dried cherries. There is some spice in support. It also has light perfumy notes in the background as well. The malt flavors are highlighted by deep caramel and a bit of bread. There are plums and dried cherries with a bit of a molasses like element to it. There is a bit of spice well in the background. It has a medium full body with a dry finish in spite of the initial sweetness. Overall, for such a strong alcohol beer, the alcohol is pleasant and warming without any harsh alcohols. A good combination of flavors from the malt, hops and yeast.

mzaar (5801) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2021
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2021 Flaska (2020). Aningen disig brunfärgad med ett smutsvitt skum. Dofter av marsipan, torkad frukt, trä och choklad. Smakinslag av marsipan, karamell, torkad frukt, vanilj, trä och färska fikon. Medel mot stor kropp.

KegMonger66 (1) - - JAN 21, 2021 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2021 cuvee 2017 provata il 31 dicembre 2020 una birra eccezionale, molto complessa ed equilibrata, a gusto si sente una miscela caramellato prugne con una nota finale lungissima e piacevole, nessuna amarezza, noon si sente l'alcol vale molto la pena di farla invecchiare, un equilibrio stupendo e raro come un vino eccezionale

CraftBeerNick (5796) - Wokingham, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2020 2017 750ml bottle at home, 23rd December 2020. Pours a chestnut brown. Aroma is heady, dark fruit and molasses, booze, and wood. Taste is rich fruit, wood, marzipan, dates and prunes. Good and solid Quad

GlenPiWi (170) - Vilvoorde, BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2020 Cuvee 2017. Pours dark brown with thin beige lasting head. A special version of one of my favorite regular beers ‘Gouden Carolus Classic’ Slightly sweeter and spicier nose and palet. Nice one for special occasions.

surething_ii (4185) - Šenkvice, SLOVAKIA - DEC 7, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2020 Bottle from Pivný raj Pours dark ruby. Rich dark chocolate on nose. Tastes sweetish. Dark chocolate, raisins, dark berries. Sticky, oily mouthfeel. Warming alcohol. Delicious

DejanSt (1809) - Trencin, SLOVAKIA - DEC 7, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2020 Flasa u Peta. Vona vyrazna alkoholova karamelova. Farba rubinova. Chut sladka vyrazna alkoholova silna.

Cool_Bond (4643) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2020 Malty and slightly fruity aroma. Malty and dark berries in the taste. Good bitterness that fills the upper part of the mouth for a decent while. Good beer. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

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