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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: 1797   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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3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Funknmilla (743) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Cork smells like a chemical on the fresh pop....medium to dark brown-with reddish hues...medium beige head thats fluffy yet dense....smells like yeast, bananas and malt...lacing very nice..its drippy....the more you swirl, the more the nanas peel, then they offer you some alcohol...nice body, medium nice effervescence...alcohol on the first sip....very dense, very concentrated....sweet alcohol...I wish more of the aroma was present in the the flavor, perhaps some aging would help that...slightly viscous in the mouth

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours very dark brown with reddish hues and a mostly maintained wispy light tan head. Aroma of plums, syrup-soaked fruits, dark bread, peppery phenols. Tastes of toffee, bubble gum, plum, and fruity syrup. Mouthfeel is full bodied, moderately dry with lush carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoeinDahlem (1480) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 2, 2007
I was unprepared for and amazed by this beer. Sipped from snifters, 2006 Jaargung, 75cL. Dark brown with this beige head. Huge, enticing aroma of leather, licorice, spices and brandy. Flavor is incredibly complex, with light sweetness, roasty dark chocolate, leathery bitterness, long and dry finish. A bit thin, maybe. Intense. Warm. Delicious. I must have more in the cellar.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2007
750mL bottle, Jaargang 2007--most likely the vintage year. Clear ruby with a one finger creamy beige head, fades to a ring before long. Lots of sweet raisins, caramel, chocolate, figs, and brown sugar in the aroma along with some Belgian yeast and a hint of tobacco. Flavor continues to be pretty sweet with the raisins, figs, brown sugar, vanilla beans, and some milk chocolate. Some overripe bananas and light pear (which I don’t usually pick up on) are there to add to the fruitiness. Semi dry finish with minimal bitterness--though this never got cloying like a lot of English barleywines. Light carbonation with a full body. this is one damn good beer.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KawaBomber (221) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2007
750mL Bottle: Ruddy brown body, beige head dissipates quickly, but comes alive on the swirl. Banana/licorice aroma. Nice lacing that sticks around. Unbalanced in the mouth, sour/bitter. I’m thinking it needs some aging, not at all what I was expecting. **After reading other reviews it’s pretty clear this is an ager. I’ll be back in a year or three :o)**

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
dark opaque body with a thick brown head. There are aromas of raisins and a lot of caramel scent. The flavor has a ton of roasted malt and prune taste.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 25, 2007
A very fine drink. Almost zero head, as Belgians tend. Very dark and sumptuous - a quad I think? Notes of fig, black currant, almost mincemeat. Though it sounds like it would be a sweet beer, I assure you this is not the case. A flavor of odd alien fruits and ancient spirits.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
2003 Bottle. Garnet pour with no head. Slightly plastic tasting. Sweet and malty. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2007
750 ml. bottle, 2006 vintage. Pours out a clear mahogany with a creamy light beige head. Fruity aroma punctuated by caramel and vanilla. Medium/full body, light carbonation and a rich, smooth mouthfeel. Sweet malty flavors dominate, with very gently bitterness at the finish. Luxurious, rich, and satisfying. Alcohol not really apparent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2007
Version 2005. Brown red beer with a small beige head. Lot of port and madeira in aroma and flavor. Alcohol as well.


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