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

bottled
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on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1803   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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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3.6
Blom (843) - Sorø, DENMARK - APR 6, 2008
[Vintage 2005, sampled 2008]. Dark brown with a low head. Exciting aroma of dark dried fruits and port. At this point the beer is still very sweet and dominated by syrup, honey, oak, basement, candy and raisins. In small amounts it is quite complex and exciting but more than one glass quickly gets nauseating, due to the sticky sweetness.

3.6
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - APR 1, 2008
Poured dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is strong with alcohol, overly ripe fruit (mostly cherry) and a bit of caramel. Mouthfeel is sticky and flat. Flavor is strong, with dried fruit, yeast and alcohol dominating. This could really use some more carbonation and complexity. for such a highly rated beer, I was a bit dissapointed. Bad bottle perhaps ?

3.8
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
Pours dark with a diminishing tan head. Sweet malt, yeast aroma. Warm, sweet raisen and prunes...nice.

3.3
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2008
750ml, pours similar to that of a tawny port, but with influences of a thin brown ale. the head disappeared quicker than a fat kid in dodgeball, but it still glows in the amber light of my abode. the aromas carry a grape dominance accented by peppermint, anise, spicy passion fruit, and ripened berries. it smells very fresh yet rich. the taste is smooth, as carbonation is minimal, thus allowing the richness and depth of the ale move to the forefront. it honestly drinks like that of a good syrah. cola, alcohol, raisins, cherry pits, and maple all show on the palate, giving way to a heated finish. tis indeed a treat, and should come with two glasses to share with a friend.

3.8
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2008
07 bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a deep caramel color with a thin beige head. Aroma of plum, raisin, fig, some yeast, and light alcohol. Sweet caramel entry with a light tart character and nice fruit flavor including plum and raisin and a nice yeastiness on the finish with some alcohol. Smooth and slick on the palate. Very nice, but as Nick said, somewhat young. Still a treat. Thanks Nick.

4.4
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2008
2006 Vintage. Cloudy, reddish brown appearance with a small beige head and decent lacing. Lovely aroma of soft fruit, yeast, caramel and licorice. Rich, complex flavor full of ripe fruit, sweet malts, toffee, spices and a light touch of alcohol. Smooth, full bodied, modestly carbonated mouthfeel. Sweet, long lasting finish. Absolutely delightful.

3.8
Imperial-John (192) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 2007 bottle. Aroma: yeasty, caramel, brown sugar. Dark brown colour with tan head that disappears quickly. Sweet, bubbly, warm blend of fruity raisin, caramel and brown sugar softens the high alcohol content nicely until you try to stand up. Very clean aftertaste.

3.8
renffisch (891) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2008
2002 vintage courtesy of mes. thank you!!! Darkest brown in colour. And now... how should i write this... well, it smells like cocaine, pine and definitely medicinal. but tastes of dirty speed, with a bready note, not to forget. Its like a big hairy man on amphetamines :-)

3.9
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2008
750 ml bottle, RBNAG07. Dark brown. Tall beige fluffy head that clings to the glass. Strong dry Belgian yeast aroma. Strong banana aroma. Rich and sweet malt flavours. Smooth texture. High carbonation. Chocolate flavours with a note of caramel. Great beer.

3.9
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
75 cl bottle at Redlight Redlight, recommended by Teech (sp?). Poured into a trappist glass. Nice big fluffy head, seems to be a little sediment but hard to tell in the light. Smells of Banana as most Grand Cru’s do. Strong alcohol flavor but not horrible so, its a sipper but a good one. That being said I find its missing some of the complexity and depth of flavor of some other beers that got lower ratings, the Brooklyn Extra Brune for one. This one could also stand with a touch more carbination to make it a little more drinkable. Well crafted but I’m not as enamored with it as some.


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