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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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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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3.7
Holdwine (1227) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2008
At Max’s 72 hours of Belgian. 2007 release. After the alcohol shock, very enjoyable. I’d love to retry in a couple of years. booze hit, then we get to a brown sugar/ fruity sweetness. Drying finish.

3.2
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2008
Maybe my palate isn’t educated enough. Blah blah kiss my arse. I can appreciate how other people like it and I am certainly not knocking it. It isn’t my thing though. A highly rated beer and fair enough as I can understand the quality. I’m not going to lie and say I like it that much. Personal taste, I am not rating to style.

4.4
Broke4Beer (9) - denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2008 does not count
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2008 Opened with high carbonation. Strong scent of sweet fruits, like cherries and even raisins and prunes. Poured slightly syrupy, deep brownish red, with an off white head. Beer is strong and sweet, with a velvety mouthfeel. Upfront flavors are of raisins and sweet fruits, and nuts, with diminishing tart fruit flavors, mainly cherry, all reminiscent of brandy. Also, recommend letting it breathe, as the alcohol was a little strong tasting at first. Overall, a delicious and drinkable beer!

4.3
Goodgrief (2020) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Oct. 2006 - Beer poured reddish dark brown with nice head and lacing. Aroma was really strong sweet fruit. Flavor was sweet, dark fruits, raisins and candied sugar with a lot of oak noticeable. Nice full mouthfeel. Nothing to complain about here!

4.3
nearbeer (5368) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2008
2007 vintage. Translucent chestnut with ruby highlights and a large head that settles quickly into a sticky ring. Aroma of chocolate, raisin cake with icing, and Bananas Foster. Flavor is very similar, with more brown sugar and rum flavors than the aroma. Some pecan pie, more rum, and molasses flavors in the middle; then more alcohol and some faint spicy herbs on the finish to dry it up a bit. Near-medium body is tingly and warm with noticeable alcohol; and is sometimes smooth, sometimes airy-fizzy in the mouth.

4.3
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2008
2007 Bottle. Opaque mahogany pour with little off-white head. Aroma of fig, peat smoke and cinnamon. Deep rich malt flavor with a sligth ester character, dark fruit, nutmeg and spices. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

4.1
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2008
Pour a dark reddish brown with a tan head. Lightly sweet but deep raisin. Leather with some alcohol and strong dark malt... there’s a note I just can’t place though! Full creamy but not viscous. Boozy leathery dark malt character. Raisins, some prunes. Rather light and thin with some strange distinctive flavor I just can’t place. Lingers and I have feeling this may age well... I’ll just have to get some more!

4.4
Tiboron (13) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2008
750 ml from fourwinds, penscola...dark and complex,thick for the style..this is a brew to sit and contemplate..buy a couple because it can only get better

3.8
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
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.


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