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


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RATINGS: 1796   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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glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Hmmm...I thought I’d rated this before, guess not. 2002 bottle. First impression even before the color is that I can smell a bit of vinegar from the aroma....Lots of strong alcohol in the aroma(subdued in the taste) yeast and dark fruits. Flavor is pretty mellow but reveals a very nice gradual sweetness of burnt banana. The initial aroma/taste of vinegar threw me off, but the sweet goodness comes through.

temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 2005. Pours a deep brown, quite cloudy. Aroma is very strong, fruity, liquor, alcohol, yeast. Flavor is less boozy than the aroma, which is good. Chocolaty, fruity, yeasty, it’s a big Belgian beer and it’s good. I had it the other day, so I’m going off memory but these are the numbers I decided on when I drank it.

beastiefan2k (4191) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2007
2004 vintage, bottle Poured into a Corsendonk tulip glass. Pours thick mud-like, murky brown, completely no clarity. Looks like the bottom inch of sediment rich beer in a carboy. Minimal head that leaves a minimal lacing. Aroma is woo wee strong something spiced. Strong spices, licorice, anise seed, and more that I really dont know enough about. Just a hint of smoke as well. Beneath that a great chocolate and cocoa mix. Man its original especially for a Belgian brew. Really this tastes like a suped up version of Ancher OSA 2005 or I guess thats a light version of this. Taste flip flops a bit where the sweet chocolate plays the dominant role and the strong spice is right behind that. The body is just a bit on the thin side for me. Leaves a light spice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit to soda like. But just so damn creative.

2003 vintage, draft No head a bit of lacing. On tap at Mugs Belgian Blast. This time it tasted a lot like an Anchor 2000, which I also had at the bar. This one was definitely chocolate-y but a lot oxidation. Thin taste, thin body, and low carbonation. 8/3/6/3/14.

I’ll stick with my 2004 bottle rating, who knows what happened to that keg and despite the lower % on the 03 version, this bottle doesn’t seem to be heading in this direction this quickly.

haukur (2124) - Kópavogur, ICELAND - JAN 8, 2007
2002 vintage. extreme vinegar in the nose, sherry and candysugar. Small but firm head, murky red brown appearance. Tastes like it´s at least 10 years old, so much is the vinegar and sherry overpowering. Ultra sweet. A nice winterwarmer but nothing to rave about

Zymologist (30) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2007
A 2004. Tastes disturbingly like red licorice. Make that the best red licorice I’ve ever tasted.

ogivlado (8316) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottled(750ml). -Not as good as I thought so, but maybe it has to age a few years to be better. Dark reddish/brown coloured, medium sized beige head, Aroma is malty, fruity (figs, raisins, plums, etc.) and mild yeasty with notes of toffee and caramel. Nice brew but Christmas and Triple are better. 2006 Jaargang

slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 2006 Bottle. Pours dark amber-brown, rubyish. light carbonation visible, very short-lived head. Nose is sweet and alcoholic.Very light on the palate, with a bit of carbonation. Taste is balanced alcohol with caramel and banana peel. Lots of other flavors in there, definitely figs. This is a great beer, but looking back, I need to re-rate this for it to be so high up on my list.

lagomswedish (213) - Umeå, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2007
Served before the stroke of Midnight on New Years Eve 2006/7. My last beer of 2006 was also arguably my best of the year (and ever). A 2002 vintage corked bottle that I shared with great friends. Poured a slightly hazy chestnut brown with a wispy head. The aroma was quite light, with subtle brandy/caramel notes. It somehow doesn’t do justice to what comes next. A sip reveals a deliciously balanced sweetness of figs, melted brown sugar and nutmeg. The five years in the bottle have softened out any bitterness, imparting a feather-light mouthfeel. This beer was right for so many reasons. It converted a table of non-beer drinkers to the possibilities of great beer, and for me it was the highlight of a great beer year. I’ve got a 2004 vintage bottle in the cellar and will be reserving it for a very special occasion.

adrian910ss (2604) - Doylestown, PA, USA - DEC 31, 2006
2004 750 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown caramel color with a thick frosty light brownish beige head. Aroma is full of dark fruits-dates,plums,prunes as well as nutmeg, candied brown yams and banana. Taste is full of the dark fruits mentioned above as well as hints of dough bread,caramelized brown sugar,fresh yeast,nutmeg and candied yams. Nicely carbonated and very tasty. Pleasantly sweet,yet not overdone. Excellent !!

OldMrCrow (2446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2014 Two years old 2004 bottled tasted Christmas Eve 2006. The cork comes out with an explosive pop, and the beer pours beautifully - rich caramel brown with a yellow-tan head and splendid lacing.

The aroma offers rich dark caramel, dried fruit, and some apple, but the flavor is where the heart of this one lies. Rich creme brule sweetness erupts throughout the early flavor profile, mingling deeply with prunes and dates, a hint of rum, yet more rich caramel, spicy into the finish - splendid. At almost three years of age, the flavors had melded together beautifully and deeply, scarcely hoppiness remained, and the mouthfeel was just full and luscious without anything like 11% worth of heat.

I was very impressed and enjoy this one immensely. This is a great choice for a sweet dark belgian strong ale.

Six to seven years old. 2002 sampled Thanksgiving 2009.I didn’t realize this was 3% lower ABV than the 2004 when I had it. While sweet and delicious it didn’t live up to my memories. I thought it was definitely on the downslide, it came off thin and fading. Still the shell of a great beer and maybe given the 3% lower ABV this was not as far past the peak as I first thought.

2006 sampled Thanksgiving 2013 This is listed at 11%. Rich and sweet, dates and spiced rum, lots going on, perfect carbonation, no hint of the alcohol. Delicious. My previous 4.1 seems a good score for this one.

2008 sampled Thanksgiving 2014 As above; delightful. 4.1 seems low if anything.

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