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


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RATINGS: 1797   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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 8, 2012
2012 from LCBO. 0.75l bottle all to myself. Poured in a tulip. Appearance: Transparent dark orange, fine frothy beige head, some visible carbonation. Aroma: Caramel, banana, hints of grapes, roasted chestnuts, chocolate. Palate: thick bodied, fizzy, smooth, kinda syrupy. Taste: super sweet start, has more of a savoury finish. Nice complex flavour here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartyW (178) - DENMARK - MAY 26, 2017
Vintage 2001 Cuvee keiser blue at Delirium. Black with a chocolate brown head. Aroma of dusty chocolate malt, slight vinegar. Very mellow taste with flavour of dusty malt, slight sweet chocolate, alcohol coming out of the throat rather than coming in. Oak, dry red wine tones, Ends with slight coffee bean bitterness and a mellowed alcohol taste along with some peachy undertones. 3,6/5 Bottle Vintage 2013 4,5/5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SebBrews (148) - Bucharest, ROMANIA - MAY 25, 2017
Pours dark brown, ruby color with thick, dense beige head. Aroma is caramel malts, walnuts, dried plums, yeast esters and some alcohol. Taste is candy sugar, raisins, figs, dried plums, bready yeast, dough. Full bodied, medium carbonation, thick mouthfeel. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
datrael (449) - Kraków, POLAND - MAY 20, 2017
W aromacie figi, rodzynki, kandyzowane owoce, trochę estrów, przyjemnie i intensywnie. W wyglądzie czarne z ładną białą pianą. W smaku znów rodzynki, figi, melasa, bardzo słodkie. Ciało dość ciężkie, degustacyjne. Ogólnie przyjemny quadrupel, choć zdecydowanie idący w stronę słodyczy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ironcontra (127) - POLAND - MAY 17, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2017 consumed a while ago - notes from phone: surprised at the hype of this ale, given its taste was redolent of standard (albeit high quality!) brune fare - figs, hella yeasts etc. Potentially aging unlocks hidden potential.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbbeer (803) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Dark brown with small tan head. Aroma brown sugar/caramel, some toasty malt, some dark fruits. Full body. Not really a ton of alcohol but a warming presence. Flavor is sweet and sticky up front, toffee, dates, remains drinkable though. Good complexity, excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsmerig (1578) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2017
Pours a hazy ruby brown with a foamy off white head. Aroma of stone fruit, grapes and candy. Taste is very sweet up front, but not cloying. Notes of candy and fruit with a dark cherry note that finishes off the taste with a slightly bitter offset.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hector44 (8) - SPAIN - APR 20, 2017 does not count
Sin duda la mejor de carolus, aroma de caramelo, muy sutil en el sabor, dejando gusto a frutas con un ligero toque picante, sin ser empalagosa,y dejando un agradable regusto muy bien equilibrado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pieeetr (41) - Hägersten, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2017
Best Belgian strong ale I've tried. It got dark dried fruit, subtle hint of banana. Exceptional beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alusdievs (73) - LATVIA - APR 11, 2017
From bottle. Caramel sweet aroma with creamy notes. Full body with thick beige cap. Medium carbonation. Extrea dark brown color. Sweet taste with some fruity notes (grapes, banana), long sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ebone1988 (1804) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2017
Bottle shared with Frank. Aroma is barrel, dark fruit, raisins, figs, molasses, excellent. Appearance is dark brown, hazy, light light tan head. Taste is molasses, figs, spices, dark fruit, wood, some booze, great. Mouthfeel is medium body, light bubbly carbonation, woody molasses spice aftertaste. Overall, this one is excellent.

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