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


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RATINGS: 1771   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Rating #400. 2006 Vintage; 10 % ABV. Pours a hazy reddish brown with a couple fingers of creamy beige head that diminishes to a thin cap and leaves creamy lace sliding down the glass. The aroma is delicious: banana bread dough, milk chocolate, caramel, cherries, raisin, cloves, and a faint alcohol. Medium-bodied and silky/soft with a mildly vinous/dry finish and a touch of alcohol warmth. The flavor is of raisins, chocolate, cherries, red wine, and a faint alcohol note at the end. If it were just a tad less sweet this beer would be practically perfect. As it stands, it’s just very, very good. ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marko (5257) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 27, 2007
2006 vintage, 750ml bottle shared with heavy whom I thank for ordering this at the Hopdevil.
The strongest, the best rated beer from what could be my favorite non-trappist belgian brewery. I came with great expectations.
Poureed a lovely dark deep red colour with a creamy off white head that went away at a medium pace. The nose showed some of the complexity this beer possesses. Chocolate, malt, raisins, a touch of coffee machine coffee, caramel and alcohol.... The taste was sweet, pleasant and complex. Malt, a touch of brittle, sweet, chocolatey, some typical belgian yeastiness, caramel, tobacco,fruity, bananas dipped in sugar and then covered by chocolate, coffee and caramel again and... green tea? (was I hallucinating?). Dryish bittersweet finish. Yup, a great beer. Didn’t strike me as the best that Het Anker does, but the best they do is stellar, and this isn’t far away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimay67 (41) - hunt sta, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2007
2006 vintage, caged 750. Malty, vinious, little head that quickly dissipates. Big fruity flavors up front, alcohol in the middle, malt in the finish. No discernable hop notes. Just big, fruity and malty. Het Anker continues to do a solid job with this big boy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2011 2006 bottle, tasting mighty fine these days. This has always been one of my fave grand crus, for its rich and full palate, for the beautiful pour with the billowy biscuit head atop the dark copper body, and of course for the flavors. Certainly it’s malt-a-licious, but the dominant flavors are raisins/prunes with a slight tartness giving it balance and complexity. Will no doubt be better with age, but it’s lovely as is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottled, 2006 vintage. Pours hazy mahogany brown with a minimal fizzy head that settles into fine lacing. Aroma of raisins and banana dominate, with a hearty malt background. Sweet Belgian candy sugar is also noticeable. Flavor is quite smooth, mostly raisin, plum and dark fruits, with some sherry/port flavors. Finishes with a tingly palate, but the alcohol could be more balanced. Good beer to age for another couple of years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
KimJohansen (10434) - Frederiksberg C, Dänemark, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2007
2007 version. Pours dark brown with medium beige head. Complex malty aroma with notes of dried fruits and yeast. Flavor contains malt, dates, prunes and yeast. Well balanced - very nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2007
750 Ml Bottle-2006 vintage-Dark copper/amber color w/almost no head. Looked a lot like a Barleywine. Drank this beer way too young, it just wasn’t ready. Had some sweetness & spice to it, but the flavor was very rough, almost had a musty/wooday presemce to it. Kind of a thick consistancy. Needs some time to mellow out, I’d recomend several more years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Vintage 2006. Pours a deep ruby color with a barely-there head. Syrup consistency, almost like a heavy liqueur. Aroma is dark malt with a yeast and hop characteristic. The flavor is largely malt with yeast included as well. Very thick beer, and the thickness somewhat takes away from the overall experience. i had great expectations of this beer, but it left me a tad disappointed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - SEP 28, 2007
Vintage 2006. Dark syrupy character with a thin head that faded a bit towards the end. Great aroma of yeast and dark malts. This beer just melts in your mouth! Excellent! Great beer with a flavor of blue cheese and yeasts, very smooth and extremely well-balanced. Nice thick finish of malt and notes of hops. This is something you have to keep in a cellar!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2007
Copper / rubis slightly murky poor with almost no head. Aromas of dates, whicky barrel, candy sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, grapes, red licorice and prunes......... Very evolutive aromas ... Very impressive flavors as well including prunes, cherries, brown sugar, caramel... and the list goes on.... Full bodied brew with an extremely well balanced mouthfeel. Top notch brew... This beer completes me!

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