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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1799   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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4.3
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2008
750 bottle 10%abv. dated 2007. corked and caged poured into a Trappist glass has a dark muddy brown color with plenty of floating sediment and a beautiful thick tan head pulling back to a volcano of erupting froth in the center. aroma has plumbs, cherry, over ripe banana, raisin, brown sugar, and sweet malt. really nice on the nose. mouth feel is medium with coating and fairly active carbonation. flavor is smacking, sweet malted back with such rich dark fruits. layers of plumb, raisin, cherry, dark sugar, rich molasses, vanilla, and malt. very well blended flavors and the alcohol is totally hidden. wow, this is a luxury treat.

3.7
undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2008
2007 Pours dark brown with a good sized head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, fruit. Nice sweetness, alcohol presence is a little strong. copyright grimreeser.

3.9
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2008 2007 Pours dark brown with a good sized head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, fruit. Nice sweetness, alcohol presence is a little strong.

4.1
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2008
This amazing beer pours a deep, dark amber color and has an aroma of dark fruit. It tastes of browm sugar, plums, and much more in the complex nectar. It is something to be enjoyed with friends because the alcohol is fierce and will sneak up on you.

4.1
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
750 courtesy of Naka, shared with he and Nate. Pours brown with amber hues. Foamy, small head, quickly dissipating. Nose is big; brown sugar, caramel and dark fruits, raisin and plum. Taste is dry with caramel and raisin, some plum, touch of apple and pear. Dry wit ha touch of bitter at the end. Great mouthfeel. All around delicious. Highly drinkable.

4.8
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2008 sampled in Brugge at ’t Brugs Beertje in a vertical tasting: ’04 Pours dark brown with a thick tan head, which looks exquisite in the a Golden Carolus glass, with its gold trim. Aroma is stunning. Cherries, figs, dates, raisins and rum pour forth with notes of port. Flavor is incredible featuring the same elements as the aroma, and a rich matliness. While this beer is pretty sweet, it is still quite digestible. Mouth feel is thicker than most Belgian ales, but is full of lovely tiny bubbles which bathe the tongue in a lightness against the richness of the beer. Finishes malty with cherries and port flavor. Excellent. One of the best beers I’ve had. ’07:: Poured a dark brown, but was still translucent with a head the dissipated quickly. Rich aromas of raisins, figs, dates, rum. Flavor was incredible, rich with all the same elements of the aroma. On the sweeter side, but there is still enough dryness that it doesn’t become overwhelming. Mouth feel is very nice, loads of fine bubbles lighten the feeling of heaviness from how rich this beer is, and it gently caresses on the tongue on the way down.

4.2
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Shared w/ Nate & Juart. Dark amber color with a bit of a reddish hue. A very small beige head. Deep malty nose; some banana, dark fruit, alcohol, and vanilla spice. Same dark malt taste with plums, strong spices, brown sugar and yeast. Excellent body.

3.9
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2008
2006 vintage. Birthday gift courtesy of Girlie Delizo-Jasper. Thanks 8D. Deep brown pour with a good off-white head. Aroma is consistent with what you’d expect in such a Belgian - sweet and spicy notes. This one is sweet on the palate - some nice malty notes with minimal hop spiciness. I really enjoyed this one. Good brew. I love a good Belgian - especially one that’s beyond the Chimays of the world. Not knocking Chimay - just fun to find an uncovered gem!

3.4
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Brownish pour with descent head. Nose of dark fruits, alcohol, sweet syrup. Flavors similar, but really potent on the alcohol. Pretty tasty and complex.

4.6
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 WOW, this brew is so thick it looks like melted taffy. The smell is of egg nog, apples, bananas, and that hard milky candy coating that dresses every jawbreaker/polka-dotted easter mini-malt candy egg. You can’t see through this beer with two 120watt bulbs physically touching the back of the glass. Mine was aged 18 months and has thick gloppidy glollops of yeast chunking around inside that are cool clover bursts of spicy flavor on the palate. Abbaye des Rocs anyone? Fantastic beer; one that could fit well in De Dolle’s lineup with the success of Tris Pistoles and Brune. Amazing belgian, in every sense of the beverage style. I will buy this again and again. RERATE: I have bought this beer again and again. Wow was I lucky. I’ve tred 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. All were just abominations of flavor and alcohol. Just supreeme greatness. Perfect!


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