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


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RATINGS: 1770   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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drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 sampled at blind "Better Know a Style: Belgian Strong Ale" tasting 07. the last of the tasting and what a stinker. perhaps a bad bottle. poured mahogony with little head. looked great. nose was very sweaty yeast, banana, perfume, and alcohol. the sweat/b.o. notes were awful and dominant. flavor was very banana syrupy and gross. i could take more than 4 sips. finish had lots of alcohol. must be a bad bottle. i’ll have to re-rate this someday.2.1.

2/23/08, 2000 vintage (8 years old), this is really past its prime now, watery, oxidized, and poor mouth feel and body. 8 years is far too long. 2.4.

3/12/08, 2006 vintage (2 years old), I was planning on trying this at exactly its 2 year birth day but things happen, oh well, a few weeks extra didn’t hurt this one...pours hazy brown with biege creamy head. a wonderful port wine and rum raisins aroma. alcohol in noticed too. flavor is very port wine and raisiny. alcohol adds complexity. med body, alc warmth, very smooth carbonation. for its strength this goes down easy. reminds me of their noel a lot. now i need a good rating of a fresh bottle to really see how age has improved this. 4.1.

Sregnar35 (1032) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
06 bottle. Pours mirky brown with a big bubbled head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy. Flavor is roasty caramel and sweet and sour fruit, very dtrong and flavorful.

BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
This is a grand beer. Dark brown with a towering head, Aroma is spicey, malty with a light oakness. Flavour is awesome with such a delicated balance of abv, sugar and spice. I could drink this all night long.

haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2007
Bottled in 2004, drank 2006. Sublime. Do I have to say more? I tried to make notes as I went, but it all started off with "wow!" as I raised the glass to my lips, and finished off an hour later with a contented sigh - not so much a cat that had got the cream, but one that had inherited a dairy and now bathed in its glorious full-fatness 24/7.

Perhaps one of the finest beer-drinking hours of my life. Just me, the Keizer and warm thoughts. Wonderful.

scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2007
Tasting of 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 vintages. 2000 and 2002 had cellar taste. 2001 was better, but a lot of esters with taste of strawberries. 2004 was the best of the lot (rating based on this one), with some sourness and alcohol warmth. 2005 was disappointing, disharmonious and the home brew esters was back. 2006 like 2004, but not as smooth.

TheDog (586) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2007 This brew´s way much too heavy for me. The taste of alcohol being too dominating for my tasting. I can´t taste the full bodied beer and any other ingredients. But great appearance and nice head. I rate this as a (for me) thumbs down, abbey ale.

luiss (89) - Elmsford, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2007
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 2005 750ml bottle. I remember trying this beer back as a youngster. I still cant describe it the way i wish i could. Pours out dark brown with a good head to it that is tan with sediments ontop, and at the bottom. Smell is woody with hints of citrousy apples, rasberries and sugar fructose. The taste is a bit oxidized with hints of cinnamon and pines. Good winter brew due to the alcohol taste.

golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 14, 2007
2005 Bottle. Aroma of dark fruit, alcohol, and spices. Smooth mouthfeel and a mild flavor of dark fruit and malt. Decent aftertast of cinnamon and dark fruit. Good for the style.

alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle 2006. Poured a dark, brownish ruby. Not much head. Aroma of dark fruit, spices, brown sugar, alcohol. Flavor was much of the same, dominated by dark fruit. Alcohol present some throat warming.

talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2010 2006 Bottle. Pours a murky, dark brown-ruby color with a fairly small, off-white, fizzy, yet creamy, head; settles to a small, dense froth which sticks around entirely and leaves lots of wonderful lace. Powerful, inviting, and spicy nose; makes me think of Christmas with a sprucey note to go with yeasty Belgian bread, date, brown sugar, maybe some clove. Flavor was similar with some nice spicing to back brown sugar, caramel, fig, date, banana bread, slight anise; bitterness is low but balancing for this big Belgian. Palate is medium, lively, chewy, and round with noticable alcohol warmth. Finishes mostly sweet and average length with raisin, sweet yeast, and brown sugar. Fairly decent winter-type Belgian with lots of nice spicing and rich malt flavors to back. The last vintage of the beer was a bit warm and thin but this one was neither. Overall, something I would like to try with a few years aging during these winter months.

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