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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1758   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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BigBeer45 (1540) - Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2007
750ml Bottle dated 2007, label isted 10% alc., pours dark brown into a chalice or tulip, initially a off-white and tan head that thins to a ring but always remains, aromas of yeast, dark and toasted malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, fragrances of bread, zuchini bread, faint licorice and sweet raisins, flavor of dark malt, dark candy sweet and bread flavors, fig flavor - reminds me of eating fig newtons as a kid, pepper bite at the finish with alcohol warmth, there is a taste of alcohol in the mouth at first sip even when cold, the alcohol grows as the ale warms, if you like sweet tasting sipping ales you will enjoy this, medium or more mouth feel. Gouden Carolus would make a great dessert sipping ale on a cold evening, maybe aging would remove the sweetness because it is sweet and this gets old on my palate quickly, I may age a bottle to see how changes, for my taste this ale would be better if it was aged and some of the sweetness was replaced with flavor.

thepilferer (31) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2007
on tap at the Red Room in Santa Cruz. Pours very dark brown with a small light beige head. Aromas are very complex and intense with notes of various fruits, most notably raisin and cola, yeast and slight alcohol. Taste is similar and the alcohol is well-masked. Medium-bodied with nice soft carbonation. Definitely one of my favorite beers.

Gmann (2) - Babylon, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2007 does not count
Pours a nice dark cola like color. Has a sweet alcohol soaked prune/raisin and spice aroma. The taste is of brown sugar and boozy run raisin bread, red grape fruit juice. Good body, fizzy carbonation, finishes sticky & syrupy

Ansset13 (127) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2007
2006 750 ml bottle. Dark brown pour with small tan head, nice lacing and renewable head with a light swirl of the glass. The nose is complex combines bananas with earthy scents, yeast, bitter chocolate and hints of alcohol. The taste likewise is complex, although it differs slightly from the nose, starts with a bubble gum like sweetness followed closely by hints of toffee, bitter chocolate, banana and a nice alcohol warming. Breathing is a good thing as it only becomes more complex, yet more balanced as it allowed to sit. A great brew for sipping.

Funknmilla (746) - 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

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.

JoeinDahlem (1554) - 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.

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.

KawaBomber (225) - 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)**

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.

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