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


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RATINGS: 1785   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   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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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.

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.

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 :-)

Gr0ve (2176) - 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.

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.

Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
750ml courtesy of Mes, thanks! 2002 vintage, 8.5%. Piney, slightly medicinal aroma. Hazy mid-brown amber with heavy dark sediment. Caramel, malt and alcohol on the tongue, with a rich finish. Not bad but I don’t feel it’s a 4+.

kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Bottle thanks to the cheeseman. Pours a well carbonated amber brown color with a tannish head and nice lacing. Aroma is very sweet with plums, cherries, caramel and just a hint of alcohol. Flavor is sweet brown sugar, dark fruits and warming alcohol. Thick bodied chewy texture. Long sweet finish.

ScoWRee (423) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that quickly disapears. Aroma is caramel, malty and has a hint of plum. Very nice aroma. Taste is sweet, well carbinated. Touches of brown sugar, carmel, fruit, malt with a kick of alcohol. Did I say this is nice...This is a very good Belgian Ale. 2007.

kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 12, 2008
750mL bottle, 2006 vintage. Pours a dark, cherry brown color with fine particulates; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. A ton of delightful things going on in the aroma: dried dark fruits, caramel, pleasant levels of esters and alcohols; never boozy or sticky sweet; an intricate, layered Belgian strong. Average-to-relaxed carbonation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: following the nose, just tons of sticky, chewy dried dark fruits (raisins, dates, plums), toasty and creamy vanilla (suggesting creme brulee), and a complex, oily alcohol / estery character; a bit sweeter in the mouth than the nose suggests, but still incredibly tasty and well-composed; I’ve had a number of different vintages (pre-rating), and things improved with even a few more years behind it. Lengthy finish, showing breadiness, esters, and Belgian sugar; a touch of doughiness and dry toast.

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.

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