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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1771   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2008
On Draft at Chef Paul’s. Hazy light brown, thin creamy head, maple syrup aroma, but as it warmed the aroma turned more salty, bordering on tequila. Blast of intense sweetness right away, nearly overwhelming but it brings you back from the edge with the alcohol burn resembling a cognac, and just a slightly sour aftertaste. Just a touch of licorice right at the end. Complex, unique, enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nate443 (1) - Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2008 does not count
Poors a cherry brown with small off white head which disapates after a few minutes. aroma of caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar, and a hint of almost a peanut butter type. Flavor starts aweet and finishes with a tingle of alcohol. Beer is very well balanced and not overpowering at all. great brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3614) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2008
750 ml bottle - 2007 Vintage. Pours a dark brown with some reddish highlights when held against a light. Moderate, somewhat dense, light tan head that lasted until about mid-glass. Very pleasant aroma of caramel, barrel syrup, brown sugar and alcohol. The flavor profile is very similar and is definitley tilted to the sweet side. Warming alcohol sensation at the finish, but not overpowering. Very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2008
750 mL bottle. (2006 vintage.) Dark, translucent copper with some sediment and no head. Sharp aroma with dark fruit (plums, figs, etc), bubblegum, and maybe a little fresh maple syrup. The flavour is full and complex; again the dark fruit, a little alcohol, malt, spice and caramel. Not a lot of bitterness. Full body. Leaves a sweetness in your mouth. Medium to low carbonation. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2008
2007 edition, 75cl bottle from BevMo, poured into a tulip glass. A dark brown color with a light tan head and minimal lacing. Strong aromas of alcohol, raisins, plums, and yeast. Complex malty flavor, marked with plums and licorice. A good beer, but nearly overpowering.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
75 cl. bottle from 2003. Has a ruby brown hue with an off white head. Massive fruity aroma of raisons, plums, pudding bread, and dark caramels. The flavor profile runs the spectrum, from malty caramel, vanilla extracts, to raisons, dates, and Hawaiian sweet bread. All this wrapped in a smooth, medium body. Finishes with a warming alcohol mellowness. 2005

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Poured from the tap. Dark amber in color with minimal head. Aromas of sweetness and yeast. Smooth mouth feel. Flavors of sweet malt, sugar, yeast, fruit. Nice finish. Distinctive brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ba2008 (25) - USA - JAN 2, 2008
Pours a dark amber with a short, creamy head. Nose is slightly spicy, notes of cinnamon and a faintly cloves. Decent mouth feel, thought not the same velvety smoothness of the bottled version. Good body. Nice clean finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 1, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2009 2007 bottling. Poured dark brown with golden highlights. Clear, with a tan, foamy, dense head. Aroma was grapes, esters, sweet, alcohol, and a hint of spice. Flavor was sweet, malt, alcohol, spice, fruit, and caramel. Finish was medium dry and complex, with an alcohol undertone. Mouthfeel was nicely carbonated and a little creamy and slick. Re-rate. Bottled, 2000 vintage. The beer really ages well. The nose has more woody notes, maybe some sandalwood spiciness. Flavor is malt, cask wood, dust, raisins, sugar. Great stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2008
February of 2007 batch, 10% abv...beautiful Belgian beer in all aspects. The final hours of 2007 are here and I sip on this sturdy treat which is both powerful and soothing. Grand Cru of the Emperor surely is good enough for my final beer of 2007. In your face aroma of anise and alcohol, very earthy with musty fruit and familiar Belgian yeast. Strong and aggressive, it’s wonderful to sniff on. Plum colored with a diminishing light khaki head and big spotty lacing. This beer has been on the store shelf for almost a year now and it still contains a nice, strong alcohol burn. Absolutely a slow sipper here, this is full bodied and robust. It takes some time to enjoy, but it’s very good to the palate. Dark fruits, heavy spice, and yeast dominate. Plums, red grapes, figs, dark cherries, and black licorice are melded together wonderfully. A heavy dank mustiness and drawn out yeast taste compliment the fermented sweetness. This is thick, and heavy but retains a pleasant liveliness. Great choice for this wonderful time, cheers!


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