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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (4143) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 22, 2007
2006 750ml Bottle from Ledgers; Nose of vanilla, caramel, cherries, and a molasses note; dark cherry brown with a big tan head; flavor of cherries, raisins, peppery spiciness, caramel and some sweetness; Very excellent BSA!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
probstblueribbon (3785) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2007
750 mL bottle of 2006 vintage via Lubiere, served at cellar temp. in a tulip glass.

App.: DEEP ruby, clear, large-ish, rocky beige head. Aroma: Tons of fruit – dried dark fruits, cherries, figs, other stone fruits; molasses and licorice, exceedingly sweet nose; spicy from the alcohol; light minty-rootbeer quality. Palate: Thick and syrupy (as nose would suggest), soft effervescence, sticky. Flav.: Piles of gooey, chewy, thick malts; very fruity (the dried fruits and cherries) and sugary but also some roasted malts; Molasses and minty licorice; on swallowing, I’m left with dried apricots and a slight alcohol burn.

This Van de Keizer chap is OK by me!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2007
I was put off by the slightly metallic taste of this one, which was almost too up-front. However, for a Belgian ale, I’m amazed at how rich and malty this beer came out. Lots of sweet plum in there, and woodsy flavours. Great success!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintbypint (3352) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2007
750ml corked brown bottle from Goldorak. 2006 edition, 11% abv. Pours deep red brown colour, fairly clear, tan head recedes quickly leaving a light swirls of tiny bubbles on the surface. The aroma is strongly malty, sweet with raisin, cherry and caramel notes. Carbonation is fine and prickly, body is viscous, clings to glass. Flavour sticks to the tounge, malt forward, caramel and brown sugary malt, with some raisins. Finish starts a little sweet with some fruity notes, then shows some lsigns of alcohol mid tounge then a little yeasty dryness. Great drinkability for a beer of this strength. Rating #700

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Aroma is vanilla, malt, light wool, light caramel. Dark cola brown/black, with a tan head and good lacing. Flavor is malt, caramel, anise, dried fruits, slight cheese. Balanced between sweet with and a lightly bitter finish. Creamy rich in the mouth with good carbonation. Very well balanced and very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Pretty good. Rich taste, dull aromas, nice aftertaste of sweet fruits and spices. Not a session beer, but can be enjoyed thoroughly in one sitting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 2006 version. Reminds me of a nice bottle of wine. Lots of sweet richness and it is a really a nice grand cru. really satisfied my palate. Found this 750 ml for 8.99 at peace st. mkt in raleigh

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3278) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2007
Bouteille 2006, 750ml. De couleur rouge brune foncée et transparente. Nez de levures fruitées (prunes, raisins légèrement vineux, léger de cerises, de figues et de dates, notes de bananes et d’agrumes), malté de caramel sucré légèrement rôti, de toffee, léger d’alcool, de chocolat noir et de sucre brun avec des notes de sucre bonbon, de mélasse, de réglisse noire et de pain. Moyenne-ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture riche, moyennement crémeuse et aux notes sirupeuses et vineuses. Goût de levures fruitées sucrées (raisins vineux, prunes, cerises, léger de dates et de figues, notes d’agrumes et traces de bananes) aux notes boisées (fût de chêne) avec un léger goût de réglisse noire et un goût rappelant le coca-cola lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt assez sucré comprenant un caramel toffee sucré et légèrement rôti, léger de chocolat noir et sucre brun avec des notes de mélasse et de sucre bonbon ainsi qu’un léger goût de pain. Tout au long de la gorgée, parallèlement au goût de malt, l’on retrouve également un goût moyennement amer d’alcool moyen-doux réchauffant et aux notes liquoreuses et vineuses puis une finale légèrement houblonnée florale. Post-goût long, moyennement amer d’alcool moyen-doux, de chocolat noir, léger de rôti et de houblon floral et herbeux avec un goût fruité (moût de raisins et de cerises, pelures de prunes), des notes de levures et boisées.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
rjglory (7) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2007 does not count
The aroma is delightful. It seems more like a fine wine than a beer. This brew is far and away the best I have ever tasted. A wide open decanter is a must. I prefer to sniff, sip, and spool slowly so that I can savor every moment. An empty glass/bottle is the only disappointment. The newer 11% versions are still great, but the 8% has no distraction from the full-bodied flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hayduke (5034) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 3, 2007
my corked and caged bottle set me back $9.48 at my local North Coast Coop. Poured a dark red to brown with a moderate tan head that left really sticky lacing as it settled. This was the 2006 version and checked in at 10% ABV. Nose is very fruity, with banana first, but in the background is a very complex set of odors with plums, raisins, and citrus. Mouthfeel is very full bodied and rich and sweet, and flavors are molasses, fruit, and chocolate malts. Finish is sweet. Very unique strong ale,and I guess I will have to go back and get some more and let it age some more. I plan to open a bottle every February 24th.

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