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


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RATINGS: 1778   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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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berrya785's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Pours a dark murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet with bread, malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Taste is very sweet with dark fruit and bready yeast with a bit of alcohol at the end. Delicious beer.

Bijl (810) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2017
Donker amber/donkerbruin, beige schuimkraag, wazig, redelijk koolzuur. Aroma: Zoetig, donker fruit, pruim, rozijn, Karamel, toffee, licht zuurtje, geroosterde mout. Smaak: Vrij zoet, Karamel, rozijn, donker fruit, iets kruidig en prikkelig. Een fruitig zuurtje en een lichte bitter. Wat geroosterde mout hinten, donker brood en zelf licht chocolade. Flink wat alcohol warmte.... boer om rustig te nippen. Volle body, voldoende koolzuur, redelijk zacht mondgevoel.  Afdronk is kruidig, zoet, licht bitter en warm.

cglans (315) - - NOV 4, 2017
75cl bottle. dark brown color. medium beige head. roasted malts, raisins, plums, chocolate. medium carbonation with medium bitterness.

julesxxl (65) - Cholet, FRANCE - OCT 27, 2017
(nez levuré, réglisse-caramel, de même que l’ample corps, floc gascogne, cerise noire)

944play (427) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2017
Draft at Rogue SE PDX. Ruddy brown with tight ecru foam. Date and mellow cookie spices. Broad, sweet, fruity root beer and spiced cider flavor. Alcohol is extremely well hidden in the palate that feels more like a mere soda pop. Comparisons are going to be drawn against Bernardus. Abt 12 wins in every category, I'm afraid. It's a great beer, but not in the running for the greatest beer.

boto (2263) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2017
2003 bottle from my basement: This one pours a clear dark ruby tinged brown color. It opened with quite a pop, but there was no real head on it. A wonderful nose. Some sweetness, yeasty and bready, and with plums, raisins and other dark fruits. The taste is excellent. A subtlety mix of dark plum, caramel, bread, raisins and quite a few other fruits. This was superb.

Mariox (337) - Warsaw, POLAND - OCT 14, 2017
backlog, Bardzo fajny aromat ciemnych, suszonych owoców, lekko syropowy. W smaku dość słodki, aczkolwiek bardzo przyjemny. Finisz bogaty, bardzo fajny.

Erzengel (9497) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - OCT 11, 2017
2011er bottle from my cellar. The beer starts intense and extreme deep. Sweetish but not too sweet, lots of dried fruits - cherries, plums, raisins. Lots of malty caramel, smooth and mild. Great depth with not too much bitterness, very nice balanced.

gripweed57 (2863) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2017
On tap at Pizzeria Uno in Hamilton, NJ. Mahogany red color topped by a small creamy beige head. Dark fruit malty aroma hints at brandy and currants. Big malt flavor upfront. Notes of burnt caramel, dark dried fruits, plums and apple brandy. Smooth mouth feel for such an intense brew. Big boozy notes as well. Quite an amazing ale!

SvanteL (644) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2017
Mörkt rödbrun. Stor och vinös doft med massor av torkad frukt, romrussin, portvin och marsipan. Minst sagt fyllig smak, vinös, madeira, bär och frukt, marsipan. Drucken på ölprovning på De Klomp i Linköping. Flaskan har legat ett par år och madeiriseringen har verkligen gått igång, fortfarande mycket söt och helt fantastiskt smakrik! (2011-07-02)

JorgeLee (2234) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2017
Bottle, Bier Tempel in Brussels. Deep reddish brown colour, white foam. Quite high carbonation still, despite being a couple of years old. Heavier than say Westie 12, syrupy fruit flavours, but still a nice a slightly drying finish. Touch of spice. Seriously nice beer.

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