Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mechelen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1776   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 750. 2006. Beer is lightly hazy, very dark red brown with a small, white, frothy, almost totally and rapidly diminishing head.<P> First impression on the nose is that it’s warm and cozy sweet. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, caramel, cookie, brown sugar, light note of toffee; Hoppy with a moderate notes of resin/pine, thyme-like herb; Yeasty with light notes of dough and basement; Miscellany include a moderate-to-heavy note of alcohol, moderate dried currents and stone fruit, light marzipan.<P> The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, lightly bitter with a long, tummy warming, moderately sweet, lightly-to-moderately bitter finish.<P> The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (9866) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2012 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 11/19/2006 9:40:11 AM - UPDATED 10/12/2008
(75 cl bottle)
Labeled 8.5%.
Wine and sugar, alcohol and raissin, laid down, fresch scent. Copper red color with a tan head. Alcohol, dried fruits, raissin, almonds, sweet taste. Thin mouthfeel and high co2.

(75 cl bottle from Systembolaget, thanks to deft!)
BB 31/12/2018
2008 vintage
This time labelled 11%
On October 10, 2008
Clear beautiful dark reddish copper color, big lasting tan head. Sweet, slight roasted, lactic, alcohol, spicy scent. Also some milk chocolate. Sweet, lactic, salty, phenolic, licorice, fruity, hard to describe taste. Lots of everything. Warming alcohol feeling, though well hidden alcohol in taste. Aftertaste rather short, a bit sweet. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Turns shady towards the end of the bottle.

The 11% I tried now (Side by side with the red version) was much better than the 8.5% version tried earlier)

Vertical tasting first half of 2012, never entered my notes until now, sampled side by side: 2010 vs 2007 vs 2005 vs 2001.
2010: Clear very dark red color, medium sized tan head. Sweet, alcohol, butter scent. Sweet, yoghurt, alcohol taste. Alcohol and mineral aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Alcohol and sweet finish.
2007: Clear very very dark red color, fairly big tan had. Alcohol, wood scent. Sweet, wood scent. Sweet, dryish wood, sugar taste. Smooth mouthfeel, very low bitterness. Easy drinking, surprisingly no alcohol notes.
2005: Clear very dark red color, smallish tan head. Wet stone, sand, salt water, sea weed scent. Sweet, mold, wood, sugar, perfume taste. Cream aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2001: Clear dark red color, a big tan head. Dirt cellar and sea weed scent. Mellow malty taste, some dirt cellar mold and chimicals. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Surprisingly similar numbers despite vintages and even huge difference in ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2006
Pours hazy red/brown with grey/green lines. Vineous, dried fruit aroma with alcohol. Wet soil and cellar. Apricots and raisins, allmond and fudge. Ripe cherries. Stale sweet flavour, ripe bananas, with dried dark fruits and raisin. Allmond paste. Small chocolate hints.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4055) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2006
2005 bottle. Deep amber. banana, raisins, dates,roasted hops, brown sugar. Very chewy--like a tricked out sugar daddy. Unique and yummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pintocb (654) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Sweet fruit, cherrys, dates, bananas in the nose. Banana bread and some kind of raisiny taste. Ever so slightly tart. Feels thick on the tongue. Lovely finish. Lots of esters and warm alcohol. Wow....great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thesober (9) - Tølløse, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2006 does not count
bottled 2005 with VOL 11%. Color is very dark brown. The pour is leaving a nice thick head tht lst long with a nice taste The beer have a very complex taste but the dominant tastes are raisins, and plum. Very sweet tasting beer that i would like to have by it self and not along with 10 other beers in a tasting session

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Semi-translucent and honey chestnut in color with a thick, oily film on top. Fried bananas with cocoa nibs capture the nose, shortly followed thereafter by cinnamon, nutmeg, golden figs, banana butter and crusty, brown sugared crème brulee. Full-flavored cocoa-covered banana chips ring favorably with melting ginger and peppered maple nougats. Warming, toasted pumpernickel is enhanced with beaucoup spicing. Glossy and oily mouth feel with a dry, earthen ash complex to mix the spicing up a bit. Chewy cocoa bread, ginger, nutmeg and melting bananas hug the back of the tongue. Gummy sweetness and a dry, hot recess become more prominent the further we go. Pepper jives with plum butter and prunes take a bath in hot caramel for the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2006
This tasting second big surprise. Bottled 2005 (11%), color was very mahogany and dark. Head was impressive creamy like and long lasting. Complexity is amazing, but predominant notes are raisin, date’s, fig with some licorice and maybe even coffee and Tobago notes. Flavor is full sweet with light bitter notes. Finish is surprisingly short, but still this was for me a great encounter. Love to re-taste this beer. Would like to try and cellar this beer for some years to see the difference and how it would evolve into something even grater if that is possible..... :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Vintage 05 Dark mahogany pour small tan head nice lacing. Aroma has a belgian yeast lightly spiced w/ black pepper & corriandersome raisen & plum sweet carmels & light alcohol. Palate is well coated and lightly creamy. Flavor is very sweet carmels and lots and lots of plums a light alcohol in the finish. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Palidor19 (3177) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2006
Fruity beer extreme. initial aroma is alcohol and strong fruits: dates, prunes, mild nuts. taste is very jammy with minimal hop content. Though high in AC it offers a smooth flavor.

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